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June 2020
The Center for Campus & Community Engagement

The Center aims to serve as a centralized connector for students, faculty, staff and community (from local to global) to create joint designed, mutually beneficial academic, research and service partnerships that foster resilient communities and life-long engaged citizens. 
Planning for Fall

Fall Scenario Recommendations
Ohio University recently released more detailed planning guidance for the coming semester. The recommendations can be found hereSection II Principle 9 is most relevant to engagement work, but does not answer all the questions we have. We hope to continue to facilitate meaningful opportunities for community partnerships and will be working to further clarify the Center's plans and policies this summer.

How do YOU want to engage?
As fall semester approaches, we're working on figuring out how our students, faculty, staff and partners can engage safely during the coming year. The Center for Campus & Community Engagement intends to continue to support student volunteers, Community Work Study and Internships, C-Courses, Community Based Research, and so on, but we know it will have to look a little differently this year.

We would love to better understand your needs, concerns and hear your ideas.  If you are interested in participating in a virtual stakeholder meeting with us this summer, please let us know by clicking here.


Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 Community Response Internal Award Winners
We were overwhelmed with the quality of proposals received for the CCCE's Community Response Internal Awards. With the help of our review committee, we were able to fund nine projects serving communities across our region in diverse ways. Congratulations to the following partners:

  • First Step, Sanitize: Dr. Sarah Mahan-Hays, Ohio University Eastern & Crystal Lorimor, Belmont County Community Improvement Corporation -- Provided over 1000 bottles of hand sanitizer to help local businesses safely reopen.
  • Regionals Reaching Out to our Communities: Sarah Diamond Burroway, Ohio University Southern; Dr. Joy Shulte, Ohio University Chillicothe; Lawrence County EMS; and Ross County Recovery & Outreach Center--Developing health education resources and providing hygiene kits and emergency food assistance in Lawrence and Ross County.
  • Mask Makers & Ear Savers of Athens Ohio: Dr. Heather Harmon, College of Health Sciences and Professions; Dr. Jesus Pagan, Russ College of Engineering; Passion Works; The Nelsonville Quilt Company; Athens Dental Arts; Community Volunteers--Supporting a collaborative, volunteer-fueled, mask-making effort across the region and ear saver production for local healthcare workers.
  • Emergency Food & COVID-19: Dr. Harold Perkins, College of Arts & Sciences; Community Food Initiatives--Studying emergency food distribution to improve resiliency of local food systems and add to the existing SEO FOODLINK mapping initiative.
  • Housing Women & Families Experiencing Domestic Violence: Sue Meeks, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kelly Cooke, My Sister's Place -- Diversion funding to support housing solutions for victims of domestic violence while My Sister's Place is operating at limited capacity due to social distancing measures.
  • Landlord Negotiations for International Students: Diane Cahill, Office of Global Affairs; Trisha Lachman, Athens Area Mediation Services -- AAMS will negotiate with landlords on behalf of international students who were excluded from CARES Act support, stranded by travel restrictions, and relying on stipends or campus employment that was impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Career Connected Learning in the time of  COVID-19: Dr. Jacqueline Yahn, Patton College of Education, Eastern Campus; Tasha Werry, Building Bridges to Careers--Working with local schools to develop a hybrid model for career-connected learning for public school students across Southeastern Ohio.
  • Dance Education in Community Settings in the Age of COVID-19: Dr. Tresa Randall, College of Fine Arts, Factory Street Dance Studio--Developing a hybrid model for online and in-person dance education and training to increase capacity for local arts programming.
  • Perinatal Mental Health Screening and the Psychosocial Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Vulnerable Pregnant Women Seeking Prenatal Care Services in Central Ohio: Dr. Sarah Rubin, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin Center; Step One for Healthy Pregnancy -- Studying the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable pregnant women in Central Ohio.
In addition to our Review Committee members, we would also like to acknowledge and thank the Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute again for their $5,000 contribution making these awards possible!

We're Hiring!

AmeriCorps Student Resource Center Coordinator
Ohio University is seeking an AmeriCorps Student Resource Center Coordinator who will act as a navigator for students to identify and provide much-needed resources to students who experience barriers to their academic success.

The member will be responsible for assisting students in meeting their academic and non- academic needs by connecting students to campus and community resources, identifying campus and community resources, conducting intake assessment and follow-up. This position may require local travel to all campus communities throughout the SE Ohio region. This position is available to current Ohio University students as well as non-student community members. Click here for more information or to apply!

Campus Election Engagement Program Fellow
We're also looking for a CEEP Fellow to work the with CCCE to lead voter registration, voter education, and voter engagement for the 2020 election. Fellow will receive orientation, training support and guidance from CEEP. The CEEP fellow will organize various election engagement events on campus, while building leadership skills with other fellows and organizations both at the state and national levels. Through this fellowship the Fellow will work to institutionalize voter engagement efforts, leaving a lasting legacy for students to come. This position is focused on nonpartisan engagement and the Fellow must currently be enrolled in courses. Click here for more information or to apply!

Civic Engagement Updates

Help us make History in Appalachian Ohio!
The Center for Campus and Community Engagement is supporting Sunday Creek Horizons, alongside The Mayors Partnership for Progress (Voinovich School for Public Affairs) and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, to coordinate an historic regional outreach campaign promoting Census participation.
Please follow and share @AppalachianOhioCounts on social media and keep an eye out for familiar faces discussing all the ways the Census impacts our communities! 

Census Completion Rates
Here is an updated snapshot of how our regional campus communities currently stand in Census completion rankings by county:

  • Athens: 79th of 88 (+1 since last month)
  • Belmont: 66th of 88 (+4)
  • Fairfield: 26th of 88  (-2)
  • Lawrence: 81st of 88 (-2)
  • Muskingum: 46th of 88 (+6)
  • Ross: 63rd of 88 (-1)

Muskingum and Belmont moving up the ranks! But we still have a lot of work to do -- You can find complete Census Completion Rankings here and take the Census at!

Additional Resources & Virtual Events

*Highlighted Resource* EPIC Network Webinar -- Sustaining Rural Partnerships
Indiana University's Center for Rural Engagement hosts this terrific discussion of Asset Based Community Development in rural communities.

Using Free Google Tools to Help your Nonprofit | Thursday, July 9th 10:00 a.m. 
This session, part of Nonprofits LEAD's virtual conference, is designed to teach nonprofit leaders how to use free Google products to increase their nonprofit’s reach and impact. Whether you’re communicating or collaborating with staff, volunteers, donors, board members, or all of the above, Google has a free tool to help you. We’ll go through some of the more common Google tools, show you how to use them and give practical examples of how each tool can help you improve the work you’re already doing.  Sign up here.

Cost for this program is $15. Contact Amy Elliott at if other arrangements have been made for payment.

Campus Compact Summer Webinar Series: Schedule below, Register here 


  • Pitfalls and Possibilities for Ethical Partnerships and Critical Pedagogy in Service Learning and Community Engagement in the COVID-19 Era Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Engaging Online: Promising Practices in E-Service Learning and Digital Civic Engagement Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
  • Student Leadership in a Time of Global Crisis: From Ideas to Action for Full Participation in the 2020 Census & Elections Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Virtual Mentoring and Tutoring During COVID-19: Preventing K-12 Learning Loss and Building an Online Model for the Future Tuesday, August 4, 2020  | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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