Office of Student Life

Kindness at Ohio State

Student Life Service Opportunities

In fulfillment of the university's mission, "education for citizenship," Ohio State students have numerous opportunities to connect with communities, engage in social justice issues and develop skills for active citizenship. The Office of Student Life offers a variety of programs designed to help students engage at a local, national and global level.

Social Change

Student Life Social Change brings together the communities of Ohio State and the state of Ohio. Through sustainable, community-driven, placed-based, multi-disciplinary program, the local community is empowered to advance the well-being of Ohio citizens.

Social Change uses human capital (Ohio State students, Ohio State Alumni and community members) to increase educational opportunities for vulnerable youth and families facing poverty. Through weekly, long-term and sustained civic engagement programs and events, the community develops holistic and culturally relevant solutions. 

To get involved, visit the Social Change website.

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is a student cohort within the Office of Student Life, made up of 22 students on six different committees. Everyone has their own unique job to help fulfill the following mission, vision and goals.

Pay It Forward provides Ohio State students with regular, easily-accessible service opportunities on campus and in the Columbus community. Working to help students pursue their passions within service, Pay It Forward educates and exposes students to avenues of civic engagement in a variety of areas. Fueled by hope and positivity, Pay It Forward allows students to match a personal cause to promote change within the community.

To get involved, visit the Student Activities website.

Community Commitment
Since 1997, Buckeyes have started the new school year by coming together to serve the Columbus community during Community Commitment. After meeting in the Ohio Union, students travel to one of many agencies across Columbus where they serve alongside one another. Past projects have included working at COSI, local food pantries, the Columbus Zoo and at a variety of other nonprofit agencies.

MLK Jr. Day of Service
Students can join more than 1,000 Buckeyes in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the beginning of spring semester for MLK Jr. Day of Service. Students will connect with fellow Buckeyes and engage in service with the greater Columbus community.

Spring Into Service
Over 200 Buckeyes serve at 15 local Columbus nonprofits for a day of service geared towards environmental stewardship and sustainability every spring semester. Students can connect with fellow Buckeyes and engage in service with the greater Columbus community.