About Dear Columbus:

On February 20th, 2018, 7th grade students from GEMS met with influential members of the Columbus community at Long Street Studio for a cup of coffee and a conversation. At a time when tensions are prevalent across the country between people of different political parties, races, religion and sexual orientations, it is important to recognize people who are working to make a change. There are people that are willing to work across cultures to listen and support everyone – no matter where they come from.  It’s also important to realize that our young people have a voice in changing the future and can learn so much from leaders working to make changes in our community.

This website is a tribute to people that find passion in serving others. Our 7th grade students have written a short piece to share their conversations with each community member that was interviewed.   …more

Brave Buckeyes

Jessica Roach
Executive Director of ROOTT
Kenny Sipes
Founder, Roosevelt Coffeehouse
Josy Kishore
OSU student
Wahru Cleveland
Founder of Sistah Ngoma
Jacob Manser
Leadership Chair, LGBT Vote Director
HOBY Ohio South
William Shkurti
Author and retired OSU Vice President
Pedro Mejia
AmericaCorps Vista
Doug Rutledge
Author, The Somali Diaspora
Solomon Ayalew
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
Mike Nowlin
Executive Director, Hagar USA
Ruby White
Founder, Jazzy Greens
Marshall Shorts
Designer & Strategist, Artfluential
Nia Richardson
Youth Community Organizer
Graham School Student
Stephanie Bridges
Author, Songwriter
Andy Saperstein
Pastor, Vineyard Vines Columbus
Megan Garbe
Foster Parent
Jeff Cabot
Columbus School Board
Mark Hatch
President, Hatch Strategies LLC
Todd Suddeth
Director, OSU Multicultural Center
Kadrian Hinton
Member of OSU InterVarsity
Bill Owens
Executive Director, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Center
Paolo DeMaria
State Superintendent of Education
Angela Stoller-Zervas
Director of Family Center Programs
YWCA Columbus
John McCollum
Executive Director, Asia’s Hope
Michael Stinziano
Columbus City Council Member
Naki Akarobettoe
Spoken word poet
Teacher at The Graham School