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DistinguishedAward2The Office of International Affairs recently awarded International Engagement Awards to two projects that engage in exceptional international outreach and community engagement.

The 2020 Distinguished International Engagement Award project “Tracing cryo-hydro-social transformations in the tropical Andes” documents how climate change and glacier melting in Peru has transformed downstream hydrology and impacted communities.  The 2020 Emerging International Engagement Award recognizes the efforts of “The Lily Project Collaboration: Working with Women for Women in the Fight Against Cervical Cancer” – a community-based women's health NGO in Nicaragua operating mobile health clinics in rural villages delivering cervical cancer screening, treatment, diagnosis and sexual health education.

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Matthew participated in the Higher Education in Brazil study abroad program organized by the College of Education and Human Ecology and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that was in Salvador, Brazil last March.

This amazing education abroad experience allowed me to grow, learn and change in more ways than I thought possible. I was able to gain insight into the challenges that individuals of African descent face in another country which was an extremely eye-opening experience because the stories of people that have historically been oppressed are often not told in full. And being able to learn about the Afro-Brazilian experience from the people themselves was outstanding because I would have never thought the individuals in Brazil had similar experiences as those in America.

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In this feature series, the Brazil Gateway will be spotlighting new Brazilian students who will be attending Ohio State. We are sure they will do great things at Ohio State! Join us in welcoming these new Buckeyes!

My name is Ana Carolina Sousa, I am an incoming student in the Fisher College of Business MBA program, and a management consultant with three years of experience in projects throughout Brazil, the United States and Canada.

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There are approximately 1,300 Brazilian Ohio State alumni and friends (including Buckeyes who pursued shorter-term programs at Ohio State such as visiting scholars) in Brazil and around the world. Some of these Buckeyes have consistently supported the work of the Brazil Gateway by participating in and attending events, offering their time to connect with future Buckeyes and sharing their experiences with current Buckeyes.

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June 5, 2020

Dear students, colleagues and friends,

As leaders of the Area Studies Centers at The Ohio State University, we are horrified by the violence and turmoil we see unfolding around us. We condemn in the strongest language possible any discrimination or persecution visited upon anyone in our community. Recent events speak to the long history of racism and repression that has in particular been meted out to the African American community, and we stand alongside them in their struggle for equality. Now, more than ever, we reaffirm our commitment as educators and human beings to work for justice and human dignity for everyone in need.

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Since 2012, the Global One Health Summer Institute has served to build capacity among eastern African professionals through interactive workshops, classroom trainings and field projects. The ultimate goal is to effectively address diseases at the interface of humans, animals, plants and the environment, and progress toward healthy and thriving communities.

The institute, now in its ninth year, is supported by the Global One Health initiative at Ohio State and partner university faculty in relevant disciplines. This year, the courses will be offered online for the first Digital Global One Health Summer Institute in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A series of webinars will be delivered for free from June 15 – August 15, 2020 with an additional 17 courses available asynchronously through the Canvas platform.

Learn more and register for trainings at go.osu.edu/globalonehealthsummerinstitute.

The Ohio State University intends to resume in-person classes this autumn semester. Courses will be offered in a variety of formats—some will be in person, some will be online, and some will offer a blend of in-person, online and other activities.

The Office of International Affairs is aware there will be logistical challenges for our international students currently overseas to return to Columbus. 

Currently, embassies and consulates are slowly resuming their visa services, but many students have reported issues in securing timely appointments. Due to COVID-19, international flights have been severely limited and travel restrictions for certain countries are still in place.

Additional guidance from the relevant government agencies, hopefully, will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, view answers to frequently asked questions regarding arriving on campus, and please continue to monitor the updates and recommendations from the university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force website.


Josh HawleyJoshua Hawley, associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and associate director of the Center for Human Resource Research, was awarded a Fulbright ASEAN Research Program Award to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam during January – May 2021.

Hawley will join Thailand Development Research Institute, Chiang Mai University, International Islamic University of Malaysia and Vietnam National University of Economics and Business to research approaches to labor market planning for technical and vocational education. His proposed study will examine labor market data systems and their use by the education systems in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and will lay the groundwork for a new model of how data can be used in educational planning.

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Kristina M. Johnson appointed 16th president of The Ohio State UniversityThe Ohio State University Board of Trustees appointed Kristina M. Johnson, PhD, as the 16th president in university history on June 3, 2020. Johnson, who has served as chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) since 2017, brings more than 30 years of experience as an academic, business and policy leader. 

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Featuring Amanda Yusko

Amanda Yusko, program manager at the Office of International Affairs, will serve a two-and-a-half-year term as the chair-designate of the NAFSA Academy for International Education’s eighteenth class.

NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association of international educators dedicated to international education and exchange.

The Academy for International Education is NAFSA’s intensive professional development experience for international education professionals, designed to broaden their understanding of international education, expand their professional networks, increase proficiency and prepare them to be a resource for their campus.

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