The Ohio State University Inspire Podcast


The motivation for change comes in strange and unsettling ways. In this monthly series, faculty and alumni at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology tell how they discovered their calling, sometimes against incredible odds

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Students who identify as LGBTQ want the same things their classmates enjoy. The space to learn. Not to be “othered.” How can higher education take allyship to the next level? Link to transcript Materials contained within this podcast are copyrighted property of The Ohio State University.

Nov 17

23 min 38 sec

Ohio State students from China to Syria navigate education, isolation and fear during a pandemic that impacts them in different ways     Link to Transcript

Oct 20

21 min 58 sec

Too fly. Fire. Dope. So much of American expression comes straight from Black English, a.k.a. African American Vernacular English. But you won't find this colorful and dynamic language taught in schools. Ohio State education researchers say Black students need their language heritage to finally be validated.    View transcript   X - 2018 Kendrick Lamar (featuring ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi); TikTok audio - cstreetblvd; Wade in the Water - 2002, Blind Boys of Alabama; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at Grand Rapids Community College; We Must Learn - 1989 KRS-One/Boogie Down Productions 'Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop'; Thieves in the Night - 1998, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Black Star

Sep 22

26 min 2 sec

Ohio State Professor Stephen Gavazzi learned a painful truth about Land Grant Universities — just after his book on the subject went to press. Now he’s working with a team of Ohio State researchers to find a path to healing harm done to indigenous tribes when they lost lands to fund the university through the Morrill Act of 1862. Webinar link:   Link to transcript

Aug 18

31 min 15 sec

Haven't we been here before? From racial protests to children separated from parents to political polarization, America has faced it before. Faculty who prepare social studies teachers weigh in on the way we learn history and how we don't need to be destined to repeat it.   View transcript     Image credit "2017.03.07 #MuslimBan 2.0 Protest, Washington, DC USA 00772" by tedeytan is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0​​​​​​​    

Jul 21

23 min 33 sec

As college students, they struggled against a system that often made them feel inadequate. Now Ohio State leaders, Ayanna Howard, James Moore and Don Pope-Davis are creating change and showing how everyone benefits from diversity on campus.   Click here for transcript

Jun 16

22 min 20 sec

A Black boy from Brooklyn flew under the radar in American schools. Now he’s a professor and researcher of underrepresentation in gifted education. How many others are left behind?   Find transcript here

May 19

27 min 32 sec

Attacks on Asians and Asian Americans have escalated, but students at Ohio State University are not taking it sitting down. Asian American and Pacific Islander students and faculty speak up, shedding light on 150 years of oppression.     Click here for a transcript of this podcast.

Apr 21

22 min 33 sec

Disparities in discipline and academics have for decades hurt students of color. Now communities are ending the silence about racism in K-12 education. We talk to scholars and educators about addressing a history of wrongdoing toward marginalized students.   Click here for transcript

Mar 17

15 min 50 sec

A thrift store debutante gown turns out to be a creation by Ann Lowe, the first Black designer and maker of Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress. Behind the exquisite stitchery, a tale of race and daunting odds.   Click here for transcript.  See the dress in our YouTube Premier event.  

Feb 17

17 min 18 sec

Five Black Ohio State students tell the shocking stories of racism they've endured, and how "emotionally exhausting" being young and Black in America can be. How educators can help, and how these students intend to turn the tide through education.   Transcript available here.          

Dec 2020

20 min 9 sec

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.

Nov 2020

24 min 49 sec

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.

Oct 2020

28 min 17 sec

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.”

Sep 2020

24 min 5 sec

Higher education expert and Flesher Professor Matthew Mayhew believes that college is "the great intervention" that motivates students to understand difference — in race, religion and world view. How did an evangelical Christian who grew up with packaged privilege come to that conclusion?

Aug 2020

18 min 44 sec

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

Jul 2020

24 min 8 sec

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.  

Jul 2020

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