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Overview of Ohio State Advocates and Allies for Equity

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The NSF-funded Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative formally launched at The Ohio State University in November 2016 and will focus on transforming the climate of the institution by enhancing men’s engagement in gender equity work.


The university’s long-range goal is to change the culture at Ohio State to become a more inclusive and equitable environment for our faculty and staff women.

"The Advocates & Allies initiative offers awareness, training and engagement to improve our culture and to position us as a national leader in higher education."

-Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, executive vice president and provost


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

Collaborating Partners

The Women’s Place will lead implementation and institutionalization of the initiative along with the College of Engineering, Professor Emerita Hazel Morrow-Jones, Professor Joan Herbers, Ohio State ADVANCE, and the Advocates & Allies Women’s Advisory Council.

About the NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE FORWARD grant, originally awarded to North Dakota State University (NDSU), was expanded to include other institutional partners across the nation. Grant partners will study the Advocates & Allies initiative’s effects on climate at these institutions: NDSU, The Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of North Texas, and the University of Wyoming.

Learn more about the Advocates & Allies grant.

Get Involved

We hope that you will support this initiative by facilitating the engagement of your respective departments and promoting the dissemination of Advocates and Allies for Equity. To participate in the Ohio State Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative email The Women's Place.