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  • Partnership with Waseda

    Aiji Tanaka, president of Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, visited Ohio State on April 29 to sign renewals of international agreements between the College of Arts and Sciences and Waseda.

  • Birth Outcomes in Congo

    Marcel Yotebieng and Jesse Kwiek have been working to optimize HIV, Tuberculosis, and maternal and child health service delivery for almost two decades.

  • Buckeyes Cheer on Roma

    #BuckeyesAbroad on European Model of Sport study abroad program traded in their Scarlet and Gray for the Yellow and Red of AS Roma

  • Engagement Awards

    Ohio State – South Africa Antibiotic Stewardship “Train-the-Trainer” mentoring program wins 2019 Distinguished International Engagement Award.


Q&A with Student Leader Jamilah Muhammad

Jamilah Muhammad

We recently held our annual Global Engagement Leadership Reception to celebrate students who have served in leadership positions with the Office of International Affairs and acknowledge their incredible work becoming global citizens and being globally engaged.

Meet one of the student leaders, Jamilah Muhammad! She is a senior communications major and member of the 2018-2019 Global Leadership Initiative cohort.

Why did you decide to get involved with our office?

“I decided to get involved with the Office of International Affairs, because the I have always been interested and intrigued by various places, cultures and people. Growing up in Columbus, I was always surrounded by people of various backgrounds and involved in culturally rich and diverse programs and activities growing up. When I chose to come to Ohio State, I wanted the opportunity to expand my horizon and interactions beyond national borders, so I decided to go on my first "Road to Understanding" trip my sophomore year. I fell in love with the conversations we had with one another, as well as the opportunity to learn about different people’s countries, cultures, and upbringings, which then led me to be more globally involved, leading me to join Global Leadership Initiative.”

Do you hold any other leadership positions?

“I am the special projects director for the Lantern, where I focus on finding, reporting and putting together a media project that goes into detail about various topics that affect college students.”

What does being globally engaged mean to you?

“Being globally engaged means actively engaging and learning from a global perspective. Thinking from a global perspective means looking at issues among the human race and examining what that looks like to our counterparts around the world. Being able to trade and compare stories about upbringing, cultural practices and everything that identifies us, based on where we come from in the world. Actively checking one’s internal bias, and working towards a more inclusive mindset is what I categorize as being globally engaged, because you are constantly forcing yourself to try and explore new things, people and possibilities and readily becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

What do you believe was your greatest achievement so far in your academic career?

“My greatest achievement in my academic career here at Ohio State was being able to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal fully funded. Being able to use the resources provided by Ohio State to have a global experience, is one of my proudest and life-changing moments. Studying abroad changed my life and changed the way I view life in the world we live in. Experiencing the culture that I have read and studied and getting first-hand education and experiences was the most amazing feeling. As well as realizing that longitude and latitude don't define who we as individuals are and we are much more alike than we are different.”

International at Ohio State

  • Danielle Schoon and Melinda McClimans awards UITL grant

    UITL Grant Supports Tools for Evaluating Gains in Intercultural Awareness

    Danielle V. Schoon, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Melinda McClimans, Middle East Studies Center, were awarded a $2,000 Research and Implementation Grant from the University Instit ...

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    International Strategic Planning Process is Launched

    The Ohio State University is set to launch an international strategic planning process in mid-April, which will result in an ‘International Strategic Plan 2020-2025’ to be presented to the Pres ...

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