NEWARK, Ohio, October 7, 2016 – The Ohio State University at Newark Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies John Low is this year's recipient of the President's & Dean/Director's Diversity Award at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Ohio State Newark. The award is given out annually to recognize outstanding achievements which advance the college's/campus' overall awareness of and sensitivity to differences among people. These differences include race, mixed races and heritages, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, mental abilities, cultural heritage, religious beliefs, political beliefs and geographic location. Low was nominated by Ohio State Newark Professor of History Lucy Murphy.
"Since he began working at Ohio State Newark in 2012 as an assistant professor of comparative studies, John Low has worked tirelessly to teach about American Indians, to encourage their participation in campus and community activities and to support efforts for greater understanding between peoples of different backgrounds," said Murphy in her nomination letter.
Low is an enrolled member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He has taught 12 American Indian Studies classes and organized a club for students of all backgrounds who are interested in American Indian history and cultures. Low also serves on advisory committees for the Newark Earthworks Center and Ohio State's American Indian Studies program. He has been the chair of the Ohio State Newark/COTC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council since autumn 2015.
"John has been very generous with his time in giving presentations which include guest lectures to Ohio State and COTC classes, at Newark and Columbus community events for the Ohio Historical Society (now known as the Ohio History Connection) and at regional and professional conferences," continued Murphy in her nomination letter. "I think John Low would be an excellent choice for the President's and Dean/Director's Diversity Award."
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.