Lainie Rini, WGSS 4th-Year Student Wins the Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service
Lainie Rini, WGSS 4th-year student won the Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service. Lainie Rini has been involved with community organizing since her first year at Ohio State, working on matters related to labor rights, equal educational opportunity, environmental justice, and more. She has engaged in this work through student organizations as well as with community groups, such as local churches. This service inspired her to major in Geography and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, two disciplines that focus on alleviating the suffering of people locally and world-wide. In the past year, she connected her studies from the WGSS department with community outreach, and organized an on-campus event with fellow students and Columbus residents that brought to light the reality of police brutality against women of color. She plans to continue to pursue community justice and work with the networks that she has formed during her time as an undergraduate.