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Alumni are modern pioneers blazing new trails

EHE News
February 06, 2019

During United Black World Month, we often think of those who blazed the trail for equality. They are our historic heroes and we are forever indebted to them.

Today, modern pioneers in education and human ecology are working to change today’s world and make it a better place.

Three alumni — Keith Bell, Erica Jordan-Thomas and Shelly Martin — epitomize those who have a dream of an equal world for all and the courage to pursue it.


Alumna Erica Jordan Thomas stands on train tracks in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked as a principal.

Erica Jordan Thomas: Alumna works her ‘magic,’ now in elite Harvard program

First majored in textiles and clothing; then unexpected events pivoted her into education. Today, Erica Jordan-Thomas is an equity warrior and advocate for children.

Keith Bell poses in his graduation cap and gown in front of Ramseyer Hall, where he conducted research for his Doctor of Education degree.

Keith Bell: The three suits (and doctoral robe) of a nontraditional graduate

Among the oldest doctoral graduates at Ohio State's 2018 autumn commencement ceremony, Keith Bell's not afraid of sharks, starting over or getting a degree at age 62. What concerns him is first-year, black male enrollment.

Alumni Award winner Shelly Martin sits at a table with her former employee Taurean Washington.

Shelly Martin: Alumna stares down cancer, bias; passes on the lessons

Known for her commitment to helping women and championing diversity, Shelly Martin uses her training in workforce development and education to help develop employees so they reach their goals.


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