First Lady Ginther Recognizes Kirwan as Ohio State “Gem” in Research

COLUMBUS, OH – During the recent 2018 Leadership Summit hosted by Ohio State Extension, Shannon Ginther, First Lady and Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission, recognized the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity for its applied research in areas of equity. Regarding Kirwan as a “gem” at Ohio State, Ginther acknowledged the Institute’s potential to act as a leader at the University, encouraging more initiatives that address the current disparities in Columbus.

Kirwan’s work in program evaluation and community-based participatory research was also acknowledged at the summit. Angela Dawson, Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, applauded Kirwan for its involvement in local initiatives while emphasizing the importance of evidenced-based models in developing effective community leadership and programming.


The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute at The Ohio State University. Through research, engagement and communication, our mission is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.