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2015 International Engagement Awards recipients recognized

Improving overall health in Ethiopia and assisting community leaders with development in Haiti are two projects recognized for their impact internationally at the Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards on May 6. The Office of International Affairs presented both emerging and distinguished international awards to honor the projects that demonstrate outstanding promise for the future and those that have already had a long-term record of sustained impact.

This year’s Emerging International Engagement Award was presented to the project, “Ohio State-Ethiopia Global One Health Initiative.” Led by director Wondwossen Gebreyes, Ohio State works with 19 Ethiopian and U.S. institutes to improve human health, animal health and environmental quality while simultaneously building outreach and engagement for faculty and students in both countries. Today more than 50 Ohio State students and 45 faculty and staff members are involved; addressing rabies, cervical cancer, tuberculosis, neonatology, food safety, nursing workforce development, service learning, curriculum exchange and digital learning. The project will also receive $1,000 to support the growth of its programming.

This year’s Distinguished International Engagement Award was presented to "The Haiti Empowerment Project." Since 2005, The Haiti Empowerment Project has developed long-term relationships with local communities, including school teachers, principals and community leaders, as well as university and government officials. While the majority of the initial work in Haiti was in the field of teacher education, the work shifted to a wider community development focus following the earthquake in 2010. Director of The Haiti Empowerment Program, Terri Bucci, along with associate director, Allyson Leedy, have led student groups to Haiti to assist community leaders with projects such as primary care instruction, installing solar panels in school, creating community organizations and assisting entrepreneurs with financing new business. The project will also receive $3,000 to support its continued success.

For more information about the University Outreach and Engagement Awards, visit the Outreach and Engagement website.