Updates from the Women's Place
Additional departments, campus host Ally facilitations
The Department of Mathematics, Department of Anesthesiology and Mansfield campus are the most recent Ohio State groups that are participating in the Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative by hosting Ally facilitations and modifying behaviors. The initiative exposes men to ways of creating a more equitable environment at the university.
To engage your department/unit and help create a more inclusive culture at Ohio State, contactThe Women’s Place, to learn more about the simple process of scheduling an Ally facilitation.
Advocate Spotlight: Craighead committed to Advocate role
A highly active Advocate in the Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative, Sam Craighead, manager of Learning Experience for Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), became an Advocate because he was looking for ways to be more directly involved in inclusion efforts in his day-to-day work.
Craighead acknowledges that discussing male privilege is not always easy, but this is how change happens. “The conversations we have are sometimes difficult or uncomfortable, but I’ve seen ‘aha’ moments in every facilitation I have been part of, and that is encouraging,” Craighead said. “Culture change is slow, the more people participate and acknowledge a need to change, the sooner this ripple turns into a wave.”
Learn more about Sam’s Advocate journey
#MeToo Week events and programs
The Office of University Compliance and Integrity is working with university and community organizations to plan the second annual #MeToo Week for November 26-30. Several events and programs are in the works to promote campus and community dialogue around sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender equity. Watch The Women’s Place website for details.
Black Women Write meeting
Black Women Write (BWW), a collective that aims to provide support, encouragement, and care to Black women writers across the university, will meet November 30, 2018 from noon – 2pm. This group convenes regularly to help Black women advance their careers at the university, encourage the development of relationships across disciplines, and provide a safe venue for critique. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch The Women’s Place website for spring semester meeting dates.
HERS scholarship recipient correction
The Women’s Place incorrectly reported in the September-October newsletter that Kelly Wrighton received a scholarship from The Women’s Place and the president’s office to attend the 2018 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institute. Whitney Greicius (Vernier), assistant director of IT Services in the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, College of Medicine, was the fourth recipient of a scholarship.
Learn more about Greicius
Enhancing recognition of women staff and faculty
One focus of Ohio State’s President and Provost’s Council on Women(PPCW) is enhancing recognition of women staff and faculty on campus. PPCW encourages members of the university community to nominate qualified applicants, including women and underrepresented individuals, for university awards. Use #WeNominateWomen to raise awareness and encourage others to do the same!
For more information visit:
· PPCW Nomination Tips
· Upcoming call for nominations: Distinguished Service Award through December 1, 2018;Distinguished Diversity Enhancement and Distinguished Staff Awards nominations, accepted December 3, 2018 – January 18, 2019.
Questions? Contact: Amy Lahmers, PPCW Chair.
Strategies for interrupting Imposter Syndrome
The Women’s Place and partners hosted an interactive presentation on impostor syndrome in higher education led by internationally recognized expert and author Dr. Valerie Young this past October. The dynamic, well-attended session was packed full of practical strategies for interrupting impostor syndrome on campus such as:
“The solution is not to wait until you no longer feel afraid, insecure, anxious, inadequate or undeserving. The solution is to change your thoughts and behaviors first, and let your feelings catch up later.”
– Dr. Valerie Young
New preferred last name feature
The Office of the Chief Information Officer has launched a new “preferred last name” feature that will allow students, staff and faculty to maintain and display a preferred last name in several university systems (Carmen, email, my.osu.edu). Those who choose to use this feature may prefer to be known by a different or shorter last name for professional and cultural reasons.
The preferred last name feature accommodates employees and students who have/use multiple surnames, after marriage to maintain a consistent professional identity, for example. Legal names will continue to be used on all official academic and financial documentation (transcripts, Statement of Account, Buck ID, diploma, payroll, etc.).
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