Two CFAES Equity and Inclusion mini-grants were awarded this year. The first was submitted by Malak Esseili, postdoctoral researcher in the Food Animal Health Research Program on the Wooster campus. Esseilli’s grant will be used to continue efforts to bring faculty, staff and graduate students together to engage in dialogue around issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The $500 award is supporting a series of programs built around identities and examining common misconceptions and how to overcome them.
The second grant was submitted by Kristi Lekies, associate professor and Extension specialist in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. The grant provided $2,000 to support Youth Beat Radio, a radio program organized and carried out by eight teens from the Barack Community Recreation Center on Columbus’s South Side. Each Thursday, the teens brainstorm and identify topics related to health. They then identify speakers and interview them and air the shows on a monthly basis. The Youth Beat group provides training and technical assistance on interviewing, recording and editing audio.
Congratulations to both Malak Esseili and Kristi Lekies.—Kathy Lechman, Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion