As a public land grant institution, The Ohio State University recognizes its legal and moral obligations to educate and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans and to address the most pressing issues confronting the citizens of Ohio.
The Ohio State University’s African American and African Studies Department Community Extension Center (AAAS CEC) has as its mission advancement of the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge. As a part of a public land grant institution, the AAAS CEC recognizes its legal and moral obligations to educate and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans and to address the most pressing issues confronting the citizens of Ohio, particularly those to whom its curricula and research endeavors are devoted. With this purpose in mind, the primary aim of the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center over the next four years will be to bring the best and most relevant demonstrations of academic excellence that exist on OSU’s campus to the community to share that knowledge with its residents, so that it can be used to enhance the quality of their lives. The emphasis of our process will focus on the restoration of health, not just physical health in isolation, but also in full recognition of its relationship to psychological, educational, socio-cultural, economic, and political dynamics. Shifting from the present prevailing academic aim of acquiring knowledge and applying it to help solve social problems, the AAAS CEC has adopted the basic aim of seeking and promoting wisdom. Wisdom is defined as the capacity to realize what is of value in life for oneself and others, including knowledge, know-how, and understanding, and giving intellectual priority to discovering possible solutions to the problems of living. In this vein, as part of the University, the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center will integrate wisdom and academic research, particularly the kind of research that affects the African American and African community, through extension work.