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Priority Needs and How You Can Help

Drive High-Impact Innovation

The many fields in education and human ecology are rapidly changing landscapes. You can help us create new initiatives that address critical needs and exceptional opportunities to improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities and educators at all levels. A few examples of innovation by faculty and staff are:

  • Faculty Belinda Gimbert directs a 12-state consortium that prepares and retains hundreds of highly qualified professionals in math and science to be teachers in high-need, hard-to-staff schools.
  • Faculty Carolyn Gunther and Human Nutrition students are studying Simple Suppers, a nutrition education and cooking program that she created based on research, with the goal of preventing obesity among parents and their preschool children.
  • Faculty Ian Wilkinson and David Bloome are not only editors of the most prestigious journal in their field, Reading Research Quarterly, but are also studying how experienced teachers enhance their students' abilities in argumentative writing, one of the hardest types of writing to teach.

Our Aspirations

Enhance the Childcare Workforce Development program:

  • To transform the quality of day care providers in Weinland Park and the neighborhoods of the university district in Columbus.

Fund community development programs:

  • To enrich students, families, the schools and community around the Schoenbaum Family Center, for instance via the literacy program that gets families with preschoolers reading, talking about and enjoying books.

Expand college response to critical needs:

  • To respond where the need is greatest, including faculty and student research, international experiences for students, equipment needs and outreach projects.