ODI Assistant Provost
Honored by WELD

Yolanda ZepedaYolanda Zepeda, Assistant Provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), has been honored as a 2015 Women You Should KnowTM awardee by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).

Each year, WELD recognizes a diverse group of twelve women in central Ohio who are “high impact leaders within their organizations, support the leadership development of other women, give time, talent and resources to their community, and invest in the growth of women-owned businesses.”

Yolanda was nominated because of her work within ODI, where she provides administrative oversight to:

  • Access Collaborative, a program that provides holistic support to single-parent students. 
  • Ohio Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Ohio LSAMP), an NSF-funded, statewide alliance dedicated to increasing underrepresented student participation in science and technical fields.
  • Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC), a professional development and leadership training program for women students of color at Ohio State.  
  • LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research), a mentoring and co-curricular program to increase Latino access and visibility of Latino scholarship at Ohio State.

Yolanda also works as a liaison to other campus units, facilitating collaborative partnerships with The Women’s Place, Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State), and the Multicultural Center, as well as with other committees and groups committed to advancing diversity and inclusion at Ohio State, such the Senate Diversity Committee, the Hispanic Oversight Committee and the Organization of Hispanic Faculty and Staff. In addition to her work for ODI and the university, Yolanda is also involved with community organizations where she:

  • Works with the Healthy Families Connection, a group of social service agencies and organizations dedicated to the holistic needs of pregnant and parenting teens.  
  • Collaborates with the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA), hosting a statewide conference on Latino education last spring. 
  • Serves on the national Advisory Council for the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, the scholarship program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Is a member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS or Women Active in Letters and Social Change), a national organization of women in higher education that works toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues. Last summer, Yolanda co-chaired the planning committee for MALCS’ annual summer institute along with Professor Theresa Delgadillo. The event brought together some 250 Latina and indigenous scholars, artists and activists from across the country and abroad to share scholarship, cultural expression and community-building. 

The twelve awardees will be honored at a November 5, 2014 reception at Grange Insurance.

Congratulations, Yolanda!