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How to Become an Advocate or Ally

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How to Become an Ally

Allies are men willing to identify themselves as allies of women faculty and staff. They become Allies by attending and participating in a facilitated conversation with other men, which is lead by the Advocates. These facilitations will expose the men to ways of better identifying and behaving as Allies in gender equity. In addition, the Advocates will share evidence-based knowledge, skills and strategies at the facilitations to effect positive personal, departmental and institutional change.

After participating in a facilitation, Allies commit to the following actions: to understand the issues, adopt specific approaches and behaviors, and ultimately extend the benefits of privilege and influence to women and underrepresented minorities in their departments/units and beyond.

If you would like to become an Ally, contact Sara Childers, The Women's Place assistant director.

Learn who is an Ally at Ohio State.

How to Become an Advocate

Advocates are senior faculty and administrative men who have a record of supporting women staff and faculty. Advocates lead facilitated conversations with other men to expose them to ways of better identifying and behaving as Allies in gender equity. These groups share evidence-based knowledge, skills and strategies to effect positive personal, departmental and institutional change.

Advocates are committed to increasing their understanding of gender bias and its impact on the academic careers of women. They must attend a two-day workshop to help them begin their work. Then they work with the program advocate coordinators, Rudy Buchheit, professor and associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Tom Gregoire, dean of the College of Social Work, to develop facilitation materials for male faculty who are interested in becoming Allies. Once vetted, an Advocate is expected to offer facilitations regularly and follow up with informal meetings to discuss case studies.

Advocates also work with the Advocates & Allies Advisory Council (AAAC) composed of women staff and faculty. The AAAC’s role is to select and advise Advocates, provide feedback to them, and help them understand and remain in touch with the experience of women and underrepresented minorities in our academic climate.

The term of appointment is for 1 year with optional renewable terms. Advocate time and task commitments include the following:

  • Attend a 1.5 day orientation workshop
  • Participate in periodic (possibly bi-monthly) meetings with fellow advocates
  • Lead two separate Ally facilitations, which run about 2 hours each, per academic year
  • Read supplied materials relevant to campus climate, gender equity, bias, etc.
  • Create an action plan, which includes reading, reflection and personal actions, to contribute to equity for women at Ohio State
  • Consult periodically with members of the Advocate and Allies Advisory Council
  • Advocate for equitable treatment of women faculty and staff on campus

Note that there may not be an opening for new Advocates at this time, but your application will be collected and reviewed when there is an opening.

APPLY TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE