Congratulations to Susan Colbert, Franklin County Expansion and Engagement program director with OSU Extension’s Community Development program, who was recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. She and more than 50 other Ohio State faculty and staff members were honored for their outstanding accomplishments in the publication’s 13th edition.
Colbert works in the University District area in Columbus, where OSU Extension has played a critical role in the transformation of neighborhoods east of High Street, especially Weinland Park.
Under Colbert’s leadership, “OSU Extension relocated its Community Learning Center to the Godman Guild Association, where they serve an average of 50 students a week in their GED, Workforce Development and Computer classes,” says OSU Extension’s University District website.
“Moreover, OSU’s Fisher College of Business students have offered free tax preparation services to over 1,000 residents, who have received at least $1.5 million in Earned Income Tax and Child Credits. [Colbert’s] Extension programs have helped at least 20 people start or expand their own business and others purchase a home or pursue postsecondary education as a result of their Individual Development Account program.”
A ceremony unveiling the new edition’s cover took place in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union on Oct. 27. At the event, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake provided congratulatory remarks via a video message, Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz welcomed the audience on behalf of the university, and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Sharon Davies provided remarks to the attendees. Students and alumni from Ohio State’s African American Voices Choir performed selections as well.
Further details, photos from the event, and a full list of Ohio State’s honorees can be found at go.osu.edu/whoswho15.