Jenny Dirksen recognized for work in Latino community

Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

Jenny Fischer Derksen, one of our associated faculty, was named as the recipient of the Michael Berken Pease and Justice Award by the Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina. Jenny has devoted her free time to assisting people who are new to the U.S. as the coordinator of the ESL program at the Immigrant Worker Project. The Ohio House Representatives recently recognized Jenny, stating in their resolution, "You have clearly shown the potential of each person to have a positive effect on the quality of life in our society...Over the years, you have set an example of concerned and responsible citizenship that is worthy of emulation, and your generosity, kindness, and positive outlook on life have been an inspiration to all members of the community."

Jenny has recently made two trips to Mexico and one to Guatemala. She has worked with the immigration raid victims in Canton as well as with a small group of Latino students in a college prep program.

Congratulations, Jenny! It is an honor to have your on our faculty!