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SarahPalocko1Sarah Palocko, Sesquicentennial Scholar and social work major, studied abroad on the Social Work in India with a Focus on Health and Mental Health education abroad program during summer 2019. Sarah received funding through the STEP Fellowship ($2,000) and a Students First Study Abroad Scholarship through the College of Social Work ($1,500).

My program, set in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Bangalore, Karnataka, India, was a three week immersion into health and mental health care practice and treatment, within the context of Indian culture. I attended lectures every morning pertaining to different fields of health/mental health social work, followed by site visits to social service agencies in the afternoon. In the evenings and on weekends, we would travel, eat incredible food and attend cultural events, like weddings, Bharatanatyam (dance) class and yoga workshops.

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All are invited to attend this year's Tinker Talks series hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). The Tinker Talks will highlight previous grant receivers and their research. RSVP at go.osu.edu/TinkerRSVP.

The Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grants provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. CLAS runs Tinker competitions in spring semester and is currently accepting applications for travel in 2020. Applications are due March 1 by 11:59 p.m. Vist clas.osu.edu/funding/grad/tinker-field to learn more.

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With the focus on improving neonatal survival by building healthcare capacity, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has saved an estimated 225,720 newborns in Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania through its Neonatal Survival Program.

The program was founded in 2013 with a $2.5 million donation from Greif, Inc., through its Greif Packaging Charitable Trust, and is led by Diane Gorgas, MD, executive director of the Wexner’s Office of Global Health. By partnering with established in-country institutions to better identify community needs, Gorgas and her team have developed culturally sensitive and focused training programs that have helped recruit community healthcare workers.

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AmbarJavier1Journalism major Ambar Javier studied abroad in the Dominican Republic on the Higher Education in the Dominican Republic: Access, Equity and Opportunity education abroad program during winter break 2019. 

Although my trip was disrupted by the flu, my time in The Dominican Republic taught me more about my culture than anything else. I was motivated to apply for the study abroad trip as soon as I scrolled upon it on the ODI website. After applying and being nervous about getting admitted into the program, I was ecstatic to find out that I was going to have this life-changing opportunity.

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Raina1Raina Rotondo is a Sesquicentennial Scholar and civil engineering major who studied abroad on the European Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning Practices during summer 2017. 

Ohio State’s European Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning Practices program provided an in-depth study of sustainable planning in the cities of Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg and Berlin, Germany; Malmo, Sweden; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. These cities are routinely regarded among the most livable in the world and at the forefront of engineering and sustainable city planning. After discussing this study abroad program with its supervising professor Dr. Jesus Lara, I knew it would broaden my perspectives and significantly enhance my civil engineering experience and learning. While studying abroad, we worked both in teams and individually on projects focusing on sustainable urban design, city development and sociocultural factors in community design. I quickly knew that this international experience with diverse and innovative approaches to sustainable design and construction was vital to developing best practices and solutions and to becoming the best civil engineer, city planner and community leader possible.

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Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) is a one-year program designed to foster an intercultural community of leaders who are ready to embrace a global perspective, advocate diversity and make a lasting impact at Ohio State and beyond.

All applicants must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Ohio State whose degree will not be completed prior to the end of spring semester 2021. This year's cohort will be 24 members, including 12 domestic students and 12 international students.

Learn more about how to apply. Deadline to apply is by Monday, February 17 at midnight.

SlyWorthyJrSly Worthy Jr. is a junior social work major and studied abroad on the Higher Education in the Dominican Republic: Access, Equity and Opportunity study abroad program during winter break 2019.

Excited, nervous, scared. Those were the emotions I felt when I found out I was accepted into the program, and they lasted throughout. This program was truly transformational. I was surprised by the amount of personal growth I achieved. Prior to this trip I had not been on a plane or traveled outside of the country. This study abroad process of getting my passport, understanding how to pack and navigating the airports are necessities for my future. I was terrified of heights and during this experience alone I went on four flights and a cable car.

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BAF 0373The India Gateway hosted Ohio State senior leadership recently in Mumbai and New Delhi, taking the opportunity to showcase firsthand several long-standing partnerships, connections with prominent alumni and celebrate the university’s Sesquicentennial.

The Ohio State delegation included, Bruce McPheron, executive vice president and provost; Gil Latz, vice provost of Global Strategies and International Affairs; Anil Makhija, dean of the Fisher College of Business; Gates Garrity-Rokous, vice president and chief compliance officer; and Padmini Roy-Dixon, executive director of the Global Gateways and Partnerships.

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Gil Latz to deliver Brad Richardson Memorial LectureVice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs Gil Latz lectures on "Effective Leadership in Japan: The Case of Shibusawa Eiichi, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist" at the Institute for Japanese Studies Brad Richardson Memorial Lecture on Friday, February 28 in 01 Jennings Hall at 4:30 p.m.

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He Ran1He Ran, Bachelor of Science in Finance ’14 and Master of Agricultural Environmental Development Economics ’16, is a member of the Beijing Alumni Club and a project manager at Huatai Insurance Brokers.

When He graduated with her master’s and returned to China, she had the idea of creating a photo album of Ohio State’s campus and favorite places around Columbus for the Beijing Alumni Club. For the last two years, He and the Beijing Alumni Club have worked on this photo album by hiring a photographer in Columbus and compiling the photos in a book.

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