STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
LEAD WITH PURPOSE
Cariah J. Cox is the Program Assistant for The Office of Academic Affairs Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University. Ms. Cox is also a returning alumnus, currently obtaining her MSW with a concentration on mental health and substance abuse at The Ohio State University after recently receiving her B.S.S.W May of 2021.
As a young advocate, Cariah has served in various positions among The Ohio States University Campus and within the Columbus community. Within the past year alone, Cariah has served as a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Branch Y.E.I.S Social Work Intern, OSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion Academic Success Partner and Department of Social Change Social Change Ambassador, The City of Columbus Black Girl’s Commission Junior Advisor, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Xi Gamma Chapter President.
Maria D. Edmondson is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in social work and minor in child abuse and neglect.
Maria has proven time and time again how passionate she is about helping the community and working towards a better society as a whole. Not only does she spend her free time serving her community through community service but she also served as a Peer Mentor for the Morril Scholar program, an Academic Success Partner for the Young Scholar Program, was an International Student Orientation Leader, served as an outreach intern for Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment, a Body Project Facilitator for The Ohio State University. Maria is on the Social Work Student Advisory Board, a part of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Mwanafunzi (The Ohio State University Chapter for the National Association of Black Social Workers), and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Xi Gamma Chapter.
Tristen Davis is a Columbus native and recently graduated from Ohio University with her Master of Arts degree in Law, Justice and Culture and completed her master's research essay on prisons becoming wellness producing environments. In 2020, Tristen graduated with her B.A in Sociology-Criminology with a minor in African American Studies.
While at Ohio University, Tristen worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Experiential Learning, expanding the office's network, social media presence and assisting in pushing OU's diversity and inclusion initiative. Tristen has had many internships in the past couple of years including with Ohio State University's Department of Social Change and the Office of Victim Services in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Tristen has spent many years teaching music theory, dance, instrumental music, Black history with the King Arts Complex Performing Arts Summer Camp. She plans to continue her work in assisting in resolving social injustices and inequities in various institutions starting with education and corrections.