Kevin Cordi Receives 2014 Napoleon Bell Award for Outstanding Community Service

Cordi Receives Bell Award


Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) assistant professor of Education, Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2014 Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Male Access Network Initiative Napoleon Bell Award. 

The award was presented at the fourth annual Men of the Year Awards Reception, held on May 1 on the CSCC campus. 

The Bell Award is presented annually to a Central Ohio community member who demonstrates outstanding community service and exemplifies the following qualities. 

  • Involvement in the character-building and leadership development of men 
  • Support for access and equity to education 
  • An inclusive appreciation for the diversity in thought and difference in others 
  • A desire to uplift and unite men in all life stages and from all walks of life 

Cordi was nominated by the CSCC campus community. He then submitted an application that explains what being a man means to him. You can read his responses on his blog. 

“I am honored to receive this distinction and accept it on behalf of my late father, Lyle Glenn Cordi, and Ohio Dominican University,” Cordi said. “Napoleon Bell’s work tells a powerful story and I hope to honor that commitment in my daily practice. At the ceremony, I heard vibrant tales of men mentoring men, and I am proud to be included in this community. It gives me great joy to know that my work in listening and enriching others in finding their narratives is valued, and I feel privileged that I work at a university that truly cares about our community.” 

Cordi is the co-director of the Columbus Area Writing Project at The Ohio State University. At ODU, he teaches, among other classes, Applied Storytelling, Children’s Literature and Uncovering Folktales, Fairytales, and Ghost Stories. 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with their purpose.