Ohio State ADVANCE
The Ohio State University


Ohio State ADVANCE engages in a number of initiatives to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty members from diverse populations in STEM disciplines and increase the presence and success of women in those fields.

Our current initiatives include:

Faculty Research Lecture Series

The Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series focuses on the research journey of Ohio State faculty. Invited speakers highlight their research and discuss the successes and challenges encountered as part of a successful career in research.

REACH for Commercialization

REACH, a signature program of Ohio State’s 2008 NSF ADVANCE grant, develops the entrepreneurial capacity of women faculty.

Faculty members want their research to make a difference, yet most view the end product of their efforts as the referred publication or conference presentation. Engaging in commercialization activities can extend the REACH of research activities.

Workshops and Consultations

Ohio State ADVANCE provides workshops and consultations to colleges, departments and units interested in creating a more inclusive culture.  To schedule a workshop or consultation, please contact Nicole Nieto, PhD.

Optimizing Intersectionality: Creating Authentic and Inclusive Spaces of Dialogue

This workshop focuses on creating spaces for authentic dialogue. Particular attention will be paid to understanding one’s own social identities (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, language and nationality) and how these identities impact one’s experiences. This workshop offers specific strategies as well as experiential activities for creating more inclusive cultures through dialogue. The core focus is on valuing difference, diversity and inclusion to dismantle current structural, systemic and cultural imbalances.

Breaking the Bias Habit®: A Workshop to Promote Gender Equity

This workshop introduces participants to the concepts of unconscious biases and assumptions about gender by treating the application of such biases as a “bad habit.” Participants will uncover their own biases through use of an Implicit Association Test and discover underlying concepts and language used in the psychological and social psychological literature to describe such processes. Proven strategies for reducing the application of these biases will be provided. Breaking the Bias Habit® is a registered trademark of WISELI and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

Covering: What It Costs Us and Our Organizations

Based on the work by Kenji Yoshino, legal scholar and NYU constitutional law professor, this workshop examines the notion of covering. Covering is a strategy through which an individual downplays a known stigmatized identity to blend into the mainstream. Individuals can cover
in di erent ways including appearance and a liation. The di erence between diversity and inclusion will be explored as well as how the notion of covering inhibits an inclusive climate. Through experiential activities, participants will examine the ways in which they cover. Strategies for increasing inclusion will be o ered.

Gendered Leadership: Gender Differences and the Traits of Effective Leadership

This workshop examines effective leadership through a gendered lens. Participants will interrogate leadership styles gendered traditionally “masculine” and “feminine.” Overall notions of effective leadership and strategies for increasing effectiveness as a leader will be explored.

Navigating Negotiations: Why Women Must Ask

This workshop examines the importance of negotiation. Women typically do not negotiate and when they do, they sell themselves short. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the barriers women often face when it comes to negotiating as well as how this impacts them throughout their careers. Specific negotiation strategies will be shared.

Ohio, Western PA, & West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

Ohio State is a founding member of the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), a regional higher education job board and source of information for dual career couples.