Today's Update: Monday, March 8

March 8, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, 

It’s International Women’s Day, so before our regular update, I want to say how Scarlet and Grateful I am to the many women who have influenced my life and continue to do so today. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge” and asks us to identify ways we can forge a gender equal world. I’m choosing to celebrate the organizations that support, advance and uplift girls and women around the world, including the phenomenal women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, of which I am a proud member. If you get a chance, I’d encourage you to send notes of appreciation to the women who have made a difference in your life! 

Now, on with our update… 

One of the more critical impacts of COVID is the difficulty for students to meet others on campus. It’s been harder for them to make new friends.  

These connections are a core aspect of their college experience and are important to students’ mental wellness. That’s why Student Life’s Student Activities team has created the Buckeye Connections program, an opportunity for fun, relaxed conversations facilitated by student leaders with the simple goal of helping students build their network of friends on campus. 

When registration initially opened, 179 students signed up to participate. Our second session is getting underway today and runs through Friday, April 9. The website is go.osu.edu/buckeyeconnections.  

Students select from two tracks of topic areas.  

The Build Your Buckeye Community track is made up of small groups of 6 to 9 students with one student facilitator. This track focuses on relationship building, wellness, getting involved and peer connections. Buck-I-SERV's Connor Jones oversees this segment.   

The Build Your Buckeye Network track focuses on professional connections and networking with alumni and professional staff. Beth Johnson of Buckeye Leadership Fellows oversees this track.  

Our hope is that, through the connections they make, students will feel more engaged with and connected to the Ohio State community, which contributes to retention and overall student success. 

This is a Scarlet and Great example of how COVID has led us to find new and innovative ways to support our students. 

Melissa