Today's Update: Monday, September 28

September 28, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, You know the sayings, “Two heads are better than one” and “It takes a village.” At the core of these statements is the belief that when we do things together, the results are just better.  

I feel the same way about the work we do, and I am always looking for other ideas and perspectives. That’s the idea behind my listening tour and the time I’m setting aside to meet with team members each week. It’s also why receiving student input - and engagement – is so important.  

We have several formal and informal ways of gathering feedback and ideas from students, and we are launching another. The key here is that we need as many voices and backgrounds as possible to sow the seeds of an extraordinary Ohio State experience. It’s just like a round of O-H! I-O! really can’t do it alone, and we can’t, either.   

The Student Experience and Engagement Delegates (SEEDs) are students from any program, level, leadership experience or campus who are interested in contributing their ideas for the best Ohio State possible. I’m hoping that you, as a Student Life team member, can help pass the word and even recruit students to join this effort.  

You can read about SEEDs online:  

The students we are looking for aren’t required to have a leadership position in a student organization, or even be in a student organization at all. Commuters and virtual learners are just as welcome as those who live on or near campus. Regardless of their experience or affiliation, what’s important is that those who apply will commit to attending monthly meetings with me and Student Life leaders, student government leaders, university guests and other students. 

  • Providing feedback about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, campus policies, climate, engagement, barriers and support that is crucial to student success 

  • Offering solution-oriented ideas that will advance the Ohio State student experience 

  • Engaging as an active participant in special events, initiatives and potential recruitment of prospective students 

I especially want to include representation from our regional campuses. 

Applications are being accepted for the 20 positions in the 2020/2021 cohort until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2. Students who apply must: 

 Have a genuine interest to serve the Office of Student Life and their fellow Buckeyes 

  • Commit to attending the monthly meetings and contributing approximately 2-4 hours/month in out-of-meeting engagement 

  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA 

We are looking for diverse representation across our campuses, so please share this opportunity. The application is online: 

Our students are Scarlet and Great, and getting their perspectives and input makes us all stronger Together as Buckeyes. 

One other note: there are still slots available for my check-ins with staff this week. You can sign up online for any of these time blocks. 

  • Tuesday, 9/29 – 1 to 1:30 p.m. 

  • Thursday, 10/1 – 3 to 3:30 p.m. 

  • Thursday, 10/1 – 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. 

I hope you can join me. I want to hear from you.  

Also today—I know you are aware of my passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice. In addition to keeping you updated on the work of our CAPT group, as I did in an update last week, I also want to use these daily updates to enhance our understanding of these issues. Whether it be important holidays, challenges or opportunities for engagement, recognizing the diversity around us helps us create a more inclusive, equity minded Office of Student Life. For instance, Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance, is being observed through sundown this evening. Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest, begins on Friday. Sukkot is named for the huts Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert before reaching the promised land. 

Today is also Meskel, a religious holiday in the Ethiopian Orthodox and Eritrean Orthodox churches that commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century. 

I hope you had a Scarlet and Great weekend!