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Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles


The Women's Place serves as a catalyst for institutional change to expand opportunities for women's growth, leadership and power in an inclusive, supportive, and safe university environment consistent with the goals of the Academic and Diversity Plans.


To be a 21st century leader in the equity and advancement of all women in higher education.

The Work of The Women's Place

The Women's Place works to catalyze change at Ohio State by focusing on these four areas: policy, culture, leadership and reporting the status of women.


The Women's Place makes Ohio State a cutting edge institution that supports women faculty and staff members' opportunities for achievement. The Women's Place works to create a culture characterized by equity, freedom and dignity for all people in which all can thrive and make their full contributions.

The Women's Place work includes policy development, for example:

  • Extension of the tenure clock for birth, adoption or other issues.
  • Sexual harassment
  • Consensual sexual relationships
  • Search committee training

Art of Hosting
The Women's Place works to catalyze change in the university climate by introducing the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations to campus, sponsoring a series of training opportunities that have allowed several hundred faculty and staff members to learn this way of bringing equity of voice, respect and acknowledgement of group wisdom to planning and decision-making processes.

Implicit Bias and Privilege
We are NOT interested in changing or "fixing" women to make them fit the system better. We catalyze change in the system by bringing implicit bias awareness to all in the university community and by helping white male leaders understand and acknowledge their privilege to learn how they can become allies in diversity efforts.


The Women's Place designs and facilitates leadership development programs for women faculty and staff. These year-long programs focus on building networks and creating a pool of potential leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in key leadership roles. We also sponsor women to attend major off campus leadership institutes.

Status Report

Each year, The Women's Place produces a comprehensive report on the status of women at Ohio State. The purpose of the report is to synthesize and disseminate comparative data to evaluate progress towards increasing diversity and promoting equality for women at Ohio State. In doing so the report brings awareness to changes that still need to be implemented. Data collection for the report is an on-going process to help us keep a pulse on women's progress at Ohio State.

The Women's Place:

  • Advocates policy changes that provide opportunities and address institutional barriers for women
  • Provides a critical gender analysis of policies and practices that impact the progress of women at OSU
  • Collaborates with other groups to craft/refine policies and practices related to our Mission
  • Creates/supports initiatives with a direct link to institutional change for university women
  • Supports and enhances the work of Critical Difference for Women as an integral part of TWP
  • Strives to be a visible, available, and inclusive resource

Strategic Goals

  • Provide high-quality consultation and innovative strategies for individuals and university units seeking to make constructive change.
  • Expand development opportunities for women in, and aspiring to be in, leadership roles.
  • Create and strengthen connections for, and between, women.
  • Implement systematic and ongoing data collection to inform efforts related to the progress of women.
  • Identify barriers to recruitment, retention and advancement of women and actively lead change efforts.
  • Support and encourage university efforts to provide meaningful career and professional development opportunities for women.

Guiding Principles

  • TWP is committed to an equitable environment for all people
  • TWP recognizes that gender powerfully affects experience and opportunity
  • TWP recognizes that sexism intersects with and is amplified by other oppressions
  • TWP recognizes that men as well as women need to be freed from the constraints of stereotypes
  • TWP emphasizes the necessity to create constructive, system-wide change, not just to enable individual women to cope with issues that they currently face
  • TWP works in partnership with units across the campus - It does not solve problems for units, but rather works with them to identify and remove barriers to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women
  • TWP uses current research and data to identify issues and recommend intervention when needed
  • TWP uses collaborative approaches to decision making that serve as a model to other units on campus; these approaches emphasize open, democratic and respectful ways of working together that foster true dialogue and mutual understanding
  • TWP is a safe haven for individuals and units to seek resources for identifying problems and finding constructive solutions
  • TWP is focused on the future, as informed by the past

Memberships Supporting TWP Principles

  • American Association of University Women
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • American Council on Education

The TWP office focuses on creating an equitable environment for all Ohio State women, paying particular attention to diversity, and serves as a catalyst for institutional change to expand opportunities for women at the university. To help fulfill this role, Ohio State is a member of the organizations listed above. The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The National Women's Studies Association is dedicated to leading the field of women's studies and gender studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research and service. The American Council on Education conducts public policy advocacy, research and other initiatives related to key higher education issues and plays a significant role in higher education leadership development.

Also in the About section:

Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles


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