Monthly Archives: November 2016

maggieCongratulations to College of Social Work BSSW student Maggie Griffin who has been selected as a winner of the first-ever President’s Prize. This is the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change. Special recognition also goes to the college’s Dr. Michelle Kaiser, Griffin’s mentor.

The President’s Prize is given to two graduating seniors whose proposal has the most potential for bold impact on a significant societal challenge. Griffin’s winning project addressed the reality that 20 percent of children in Franklin Country live in a food desert. Her intervention, The UNITY Fridge project, will establish community gardens and place outdoor refrigerators at public schools in food desert regions across Columbus. This will allow students to bring home a bag of fresh produce for 40 weeks.

As an inaugural recipient of this award, Griffin will become a full-time employee of The Ohio State University for 12 months and receive a salary as well as an additional $50,000 for operational expenses for her yearlong project.

Griffin won a rigorous, multi-round competition that saw applications from 57 students across campus. The College of Social Work had three semi-finalists and two finalists.

For more information, check out the following:
Video and Press Release
OSU Website Announcement

As we continue in this special month of Thanksgiving, the College of Social Work would like to share some stories of gratefulness with you. On this special Day of Thanks, we are thankful for those at Franklinton Gardens and for our own Dr. Michelle Kaiser. They all work to nurture the hungry by providing safe, affordable and nutritious food for residents of impoverished communities.

Several months ago, Kaiser was featured in The Ohio State University Alumni Magazine for her groundbreaking work in food security. Check out the story “Why should where you live determine how long you live: A look at disparities based on location.” You can also read the entire report here.











The College of Social Work has nearly 1,000 students ardently studying to become social work professionals so that they can make the world a better place. On average, our students complete over 500,000 hours of service and field experience in our communities each year. The College of Social Work strives to create an environment where our students feel impassioned and empowered to change the world and help those who are the most vulnerable and who are falling through the cracks of injustice. We are proud of our students. They are the backbone to a healthier and more opportunistic future for all. To them, we say thank you for your passion, advocacy, hard work and heart.

Take a moment to view a video of our students serving others while in the field, learning in the classroom, on service trips here and abroad and just enjoying the days of being a Buckeye student.




As we enter into this special month of Thanksgiving, the College of Social Work would like to share some stories of gratefulness with you. On this special Day of Thanks, we are thankful for Rick and Carol Delaney who have established the Sean and Anna Delaney Endowed Scholarship in Veteran’s Services for social work students focused on working in veterans affairs.
Please take a moment to watch this video to learn more about this special scholarship dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and supporting those who wish to serve them.




CLAPP JOHNCongratulations to Dr. John Clapp who was recently featured in the article “Here’s how young people decide when they’re drunk ‘enough,’ according to math” for his research and unique collaboration with engineering.

College of Social Work doctoral student Danielle Ruderman collaborated with Clapp on the research. Other collaborators include Ohio State engineer Kevin Passino, Universidad de los Andes engineer Luis Felipe Giraldo, a San Diego State University research team and Ohio State doctoral student Hugo Gonzalez.

Click here to read the full story.







EmilyCongratulations to MSW student Emily Hanlon who has been accepted into the 2016-17 Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program’s Youth Master’s Student Cohort. This fellowship for advanced social work master’s students is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It offers financial and other supports to direct-practice focused students who are committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents and young adults ages 16–25 in under served minority communities.

Hanlon’s field placement is at The Buckeye Ranch, a mental health agency that provides family centered treatment to children and adolescents. The training provided by the fellowship will help her provide culturally competent services to the families she works with in community-based programs. Hanlon is interested in evidence-based interventions for family therapy and trauma-informed care.