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Campus Life

Community Engagement

Girls' clubs

Miller-Winter Scholars have the opportunity at Otterbein to participate in community service programs that address various issues facing women and girls in our local community. Through community involvement, students tackle challenges such as body image, women in the media, social pressures in school and in society, and changing one's own community for the better.

Mentoring Programs for Girls

Otterbein hosts three girl's clubs at a local middle school - GARA (Girls Are Really Awesome), GirlTalk and ChickChat. Otterbein students coordinate sessions for sixth-,  seventh- and eighth-grade girls, where together they explore self-esteem, bullying, healthy relationships, body image, gossip, leadership strategies, career decisions and pathways to college.

The girls reflect in a journal after every session and create 'zine pages to provide advice to other girls who are experiencing similar challenges in their lives. In 2012, the clubs published, Letters to 8th Graders, a collection of letters written by eighth-grade girls providing advice to new eighth graders entering school the following year. In 2013, the clubs published Voices from the Middle, another collection of advice from middle-school girls.

Other Community Service Opportunities

Our students are also involved in several different service organizations on campus, working with different types of people, completing different types of projects throughout the year, including:

/ Contact Us

Melissa Kesler Gilbert
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director for the Center for Community Engagement
p/ 614.823.1251
e/ mgilbert@otterbein.edu

Kristi Robbins
Chief of Staff, President's Office
p/ 614.823.1232
e/ krobbins@otterbein.edu

Women's Fund of Central Ohio


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