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The Ohio State University Inspire podcast

The motivation for change comes in strange and unsettling ways. In this podcast series, faculty and alumni at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology tell how they discovered their calling, sometimes against incredible odds.
 

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Black English is fire, even in class

So much of American expression comes straight from Black English, a.k.a. African American Vernacular English. But you won't find this colorful and dynamic language taught in schools. Ohio State education researchers say Black students need their language heritage to finally be validated. 

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Black English is fire, even in class
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Grappling with the Land Grant truth

Ohio State Professor Stephen Gavazzi learned a painful truth about Land Grant Universities — just after his book on the subject went to press. Now he’s working with a team of Ohio State faculty to find a path to healing harm done to indigenous tribes when they lost lands to fund the university through the Morrill Act of 1862. 

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Grappling with the Land Grant truth
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Onward: Building diversity on American campuses

As college students, they struggled against a system that often made them feel inadequate. Now Ohio State leaders, Ayanna Howard, James Moore and Don Pope-Davis are creating change and showing how everyone benefits from diversity on campus.

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Onward: Building diversity on American campuses
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Not your model minority: Asian students speak out

Attacks on Asians and Asian Americans have escalated, but students at Ohio State University are not taking it sitting down. Asian American and Pacific Islander students and faculty speak up, shedding light on 150 years of oppression.

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Not your model minority: Asian students speak out
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Schooled in racial bias: Unraveling harm in K-12 education

Disparities in discipline and academics have for decades hurt students of color. Now communities are ending the silence about racism in K-12 education. We talk to scholars and educators about addressing a history of wrongdoing toward marginalized students.

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Schooled in racial bias: Unraveling harm in K-12 education
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Racial Reckoning: Black students tell their stories

Five Black Ohio State students tell the shocking stories of racism they've endured, and how "emotionally exhausting" being young and Black in America can be. How educators can help, and how these students intend to turn the tide through education.

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Racial Reckoning: Black students tell their stories
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Fighting hunger through science

She grew up sheltered from poverty in her comfortable home in Ghana. But when Irene Hatsu came face-to-face with extreme hunger, she decided to do something about it. At Ohio State, the associate professor of nutrition teams up with a top researcher to help a vulnerable population in novel ways.

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Fighting hunger through science
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Michael Allen

Year of upheaval and innovation: 1968

Michael Allen came to Ohio State in the late ’60s expecting to study under leading experts in human engineering. Instead, he pioneered computer-based educational technology at the university, commanding the attention of IBM, Apple and other technology heavy-weights.

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Year of upheaval and innovation: 1968
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Throwing the shackles off mathematics

Mathematics works to hold some people back: Children fitting a stereotype are encouraged to think; others are told to follow. 9/11 changed Associate Professor Theodore Chao’s purpose. He’s out to prevent math trauma by helping children engage in mathematics in “amazing and deep ways.”

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Throwing the shackles off mathematics
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Matt Mayhew

Awakened to privilege: ‘Rich white guy’ finds the sweet spot

Higher education expert and Flesher Professor Matthew Mayhew believes that college is "the great intervention" that motivates students to understand difference — in race, religion and world view. How did an evangelical Christian who grew up with packaged privilege come to that conclusion?

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Awakened to privilege: ‘Rich white guy’ finds the sweet spot