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The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology is a tapestry of people with fascinating stories to tell. Individually and collectively, faculty, staff, students and alumni are led to improve lives, create change and help those outside privilege — often led by their own personal experiences to make change. Here are their stories.

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The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology is a tapestry of people with fascinating stories to tell. Individually and collectively, faculty, staff, students and alumni are led to improve lives, create change and help those outside privilege — often led by their own personal experiences to make change. Here are their stories.

    Fighting hunger through science

    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.

    • 24 min
    Year of upheaval and innovation: 1968

    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.

    • 28 min
    Throwing the shackles off mathematics

    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.”

    • 24 min
    Awakened to privilege: ‘Rich, white guy’ finds the sweet spot

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

    When people go to college, they learn more than what their professors teach them in class. Their interactions will fellow students — of different ethnicities, religions and world views — are just as impactful, if not more. Higher education expert Professor Matthew Mayhew calls college "the great intervention" that motivates students to understand each other’s differences. But how did an evangelical Christian with "packaged privileged" come to that conclusion?

    • 18 min
    Black and gifted: A trailblazer's backstory

    Black and gifted: A trailblazer's backstory

    Nationally recognized expert Donna Ford tells her backstory on being gifted, black and poor in East Cleveland, and how it motivated her to create change for gifted children of color. -Robin Chenoweth is a writer for The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. She spoke to Dr. Donna Ford, a professor of special education. The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology is a tapestry of people with fascinating stories to tell. Individually and collectively, faculty, staff, students and alumni are led to improve lives, create change and help those outside privilege — often led by their own personal experiences to make change. Here are their stories

    • 24 min
    The Ohio State University Inspire trailer

    The Ohio State University Inspire trailer

    Where does the spark to innovate come from? Faculty, alumni and students at Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology tell how they discovered their calling, sometimes against incredible odds. Despite the curve balls thrown at them, these pioneers are led to improve lives and create change for those outside privilege. Our monthly Inspire podcast tells their stories. 

    • 4 min

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