Managing Motivation as a Student in the Time of COVID-19

Are you a student struggling to stay motivated due to the dramatic changes caused by the COVID-19 crisis? Have you lost momentum because you are not able to work on campus? Have you noticed a decrease in your mood or desire to work on academic projects since campus closed? In this webinar we will address how COVID-19 is challenging mood and motivation for many students during this “temporary new normal”. There will be a brief presentation about motivation, an overview of common challenges graduate students face when trying to work on dissertations/theses, and time for discussion/Q&A. This event is free and open to all OSU graduate, professional, and undergraduate students. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Leo Taylor (



David Wirt, M.Ed., LPCC-S is a clinical counselor with The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service. David has worked in the counseling and social work field since 1995 for mental health agencies serving the Columbus community and in private practice. In 2011, he left community and private practice work to join Ohio State working as a clinical therapist at OSU Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. David transferred to the OSU Columbus campus in January 2019 to become the first embedded counselor at CFAES.

David holds a B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and a M.S. in Education from the University of Dayton. He also completed 2 additional years of post-master’s coursework through the University of Dayton to obtain his independent license to practice as a clinical counselor. When not at work, David enjoys spending time with his family, music, sports, and, of course, all things Buckeye.

Dr. Leo Taylor is the Program Manager for Faculty and Staff Affairs for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In this role Leo delivers workshops and webinars that address salient diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. He facilitates a weekly, peer-led support group for all OSU graduate students and serves as a co-facilitator for a support group for OSU postdocs. Additionally, Leo serves as the advisor for Cultivating Change, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ students in CFAES.

Leo is originally from Muncie, IN and received a B.S. in psychology and M.S. in biology from Ball State University. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University where he researched the role of reproductive interference in native lady beetle decline. Leo has more than 15 years of experience delivering guest lectures about gender identity and running support groups for various transgender communities. Outside of work Leo loves spending time with his sweet pitboxer Roxy, gardening, and teaching himself how to sew and play guitar.

Details for our workshops and registration links are always available on our workshops page. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (