The Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative focuses on transforming the climate of The Ohio State University by enhancing men’s engagement in gender equity work. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we will be offering both in-person and virtual workshop options.
Initiative that focuses on transforming the climate of the institution by enhancing men’s engagement in gender equity work.
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, former Ohio State University executive vice president and provost
Advocates, male faculty and staff who already have a substantial record of supporting women staff and faculty, will lead the program. They 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, and use their gender privilege to effect positive personal, departmental and institutional change. All people who identify as men are welcome to join us in the work of dismantling male privilege. Read more
The Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative continues to grow, building a cross-campus network of male Allies for equity at Ohio State. As of fall 2020, more than 650 men have become Allies by attending an Ally facilitation. The following colleges and campuses have hosted Ally facilitations:
|College of Engineering||College of Medicine|
|University Libraries||College of Arts and Sciences|
|CFAES||John Glenn College of Public Affairs|
|Fisher College of Business|
|Wooster campus||Mansfield campus|
|Newark campus||Lima campus|
|Radiology Oncology||Office of Distance Education and eLearning|
|University Marketing||Faculty Development at Nationwide Children's Hospital|
You can support this initiative by:
- Helping to schedule an Ally facilitation in your unit/department. People of all genders can request a facilitation.
- Becoming an Ally by participating in a facilitation and committing to actions that advance equity and inclusion.
- Becoming an Advocate.
To get involved in the Ohio State Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative, please email us.
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 and Allies Advisory Council
The Advocates & Allies Advisory Council (AAAC) is composed of faculty and staff of all genders who want to help further gender and equity at Ohio State.
The goal of the initiative is to help create a more equitable environment and advance the professional interests of women faculty and staff and other underrepresented groups. This program is designed to bring men further into the gender equity equation by building a cross-campus network of male Allies who share an understanding of the effects of implicit bias and systematic privilege and to introduce specific practical actions to help men better support women at the university.
Allies are men willing to identify themselves as Allies of women faculty and staff. They become Allies by attending and participating in a two-hour facilitated conversation with other men, which is led by the Advocates. Advocates are faculty and staff men who already have a substantial record of supporting women staff and faculty.
After participating in a facilitation, Allies commit 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.
Why Facilitations Include Only Men
The facilitations include only men because a fear of making mistakes, being blamed or being judged by women can keep men from participating in university-sponsored events and discussions related to issues of gender and diversity. Offering Allies facilitations for men only provides a safe, brave space that is vital to their success. This environment fuels participation in difficult conversations. It’s an environment where men, often for the first time, can openly explore their questions, confusions, hopes, and concerns related to “diversity issues” in their organizations.
How People of All Genders Can Get Involved
If you would like your department/unit to participate in helping to change the culture at Ohio State, submit an Ally facilitation request below. The Women's Place will email you within 7 days after you submit your request and guide you through the simple process of scheduling a facilitation for men in your department.
History of Advocates & Allies
North Dakota State University (NDSU) developed the Advocates & Allies program as part of its National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE FORWARD initiative from 2008 - 2016. In 2015, NDSU expanded the grant to include the following institutional partners: The Ohio State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of North Texas, and the University of Wyoming.
The Women’s Place lead implementation and institutionalization of the program at Ohio State along with the College of Engineering, Professor Emerita Hazel Morrow-Jones, Professor Emerita Joan Herbers, Ohio State ADVANCE, Institutionalization Committee, and the Advocates & Allies Women’s Advisory Council.