Rebecca Nelson - Total View

Once a month, C Magazine interviews a prominent Columbus figure to discuss why he or she wakes up in the morning. This month, we caught up with Rebecca Nelson, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of the Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University.

C Magazine: What book is on your nightstand and how is it so far?
Rebecca Nelson: Catfish and Mandala by Andrew Pham. A good read... combination of travelogue and journey around cultural identity.

C Magazine: What is your favorite event in the Olympics and why?
Nelson: This year it's swimming…I'm infected by all the enthusiasm around the US team! But, I have always loved the wild table tennis matches...

C Magazine: What's the best way to get rid of a telemarketer?
Nelson: Hang up...or put an eight year old on the phone.

C Magazine: How do we achieve world peace?
Nelson: I cannot answer this in one sentence! Education and moving beyond tolerance would be somewhere in the answer...

C Magazine: If you were queen for the day, what would you decree?
Nelson: New policies around health care, education, and child care.

C Magazine: What is the most important characteristic of a friend?
Nelson: That delicate balance of honesty and empathy.

C Magazine: What's a guilty pleasure?
Nelson: Letting Cocoa (our dog) lick my toes

C Magazine: What do you most like about college students?
Nelson: They are in the midst of tremendous growth and transformation... it's an incredibly exciting/fulfilling time to be part of someone's life.

C Magazine: What is the most diverse place you have ever visited?
Nelson: Myanmar or Israel…it's a toss up for varied reasons.

C Magazine: What is your favorite place on campus?
Nelson: Mirror Lake when the ducklings have arrived.

C Magazine: What is an important issue facing the city?
Nelson: Addressing priorities in our infrastructure…how we will support education and community resource needs given budget realities.