Cleveland State University on Friday, October 12, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I attend Propel Ohio?
The application period for the October 12 Propel Leadership Summit 2018 is now closed. If you are an undergraduate student at an Ohio college or university who applied to attend the conference before the deadline, your application has been forwarded to your school for consideration. Accepted students for the summit will be notified by October 1.
What is Propel Ohio?
Propel Ohio is a leadership program that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio.
Propel Ohio features a one-day statewide conference in the fall and five Propel Ohio Regional Gatherings in the winter and spring.
Propel Ohio 2018 will actively engage college students on issues that affect childhood poverty, including food security, inequities in education, and homelessness.
What will happen at Propel Ohio?
The program will feature U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, guest speakers, and workshop facilitators who will discuss how college students can tackle childhood poverty in their Ohio communities. Our keynote speaker will be Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer prize-winning author of
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Propel Ohio will also feature an Engagement Fair, where students will connect with Ohio-based organizations that are tackling childhood poverty.
When and where will Propel Ohio take place?
Propel Ohio will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center- 2000 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Additional program details will be announced in September.
Who can attend Propel Ohio?
Each of Ohio's two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities and regional campuses is invited to appoint undergraduate students and an administrator to attend the program.
What happens after Propel Ohio at Cleveland State University?
Propel Ohio Regional Gatherings will take place at five colleges and universities throughout the state in the spring of 2019. These events will be announced at a later date.
Propel Ohio Regional Gatherings give students the opportunity to build on ideas discussed at the main conference and begin to implement solutions in their local communities.
Who are the partners for Propel Ohio?
Current partners include the Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Cleveland State University, Ohio Campus Compact, Corporation for National and Community Service, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and AT & T.
What is the host committee for Propel Ohio?
The host committee, which consists of administrators and students, helps provide feedback and suggestions on topics, the agenda, and speakers for the program.
This year’s committee includes Cleveland State University, University of Akron, Oberlin College, Defiance College, University of Toledo, the Ohio State University, Marietta College, Cincinnati State, and Antioch College.
When was Propel Ohio launched?
In its first year in 2015, Propel Ohio took place at The Ohio State University. 250 student leaders and administrators from 60 colleges and universities attended the conference to learn about some of the most pressing issues facing the state - food security, mental health and human trafficking. Regional Gatherings took place at Capital University, Ohio University, the University of Findlay, Walsh University, and Wilmington College.
In its third year in 2017, Propel Ohio took place at University of Akron. Approximately 500 student leaders and administrators from nearly 80 colleges and universities attended the conference to learn how they could help alleviate issues related to childhood poverty, including health and hunger, education, and housing security. Regional Gatherings took place at Wittenberg University, Bowling Green State University, Lorain Community College, Ohio University, and the Ohio State University.
Propel Ohio quotes from attendees:
“I thought the speakers were all excellent. Very enthusiastic and thought-provoking!”
“I loved networking at the internship fair.”
“My favorite part was listening to people doing work to create change in fields I’m passionate about!.”
“I really appreciated the diversity of perspectives on the [childhood poverty in Ohio] panel. Really made you analyze the interconnectedness of the issues of childhood poverty.”
“ I loved Propel Ohio and learned a lot.”