Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC)

Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color

Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC) serves undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who aspire to be leaders as well as those who seek to support the mission of LIWOC.

LIWOC is now accepting applications

Apply to LIWOC to become part of a like-minded community at The Ohio State University and gain self-awareness about your personal and professional strengths and areas for growth as a leader.


LIWOC in the News

“Still I Rise” Leadership Retreat: LIWOC

The retreat will set the table for critical conversations around gender and racial identities, challenges, successes, and leadership development. Our themes surrounding leadership, wellness, and community will help attendees center positive energies around forward thinking and self-care. Participants will be expected to remain on site for the entirety of the retreat, March 25 - 27.

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Voices for Change: ODI Staff Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah

Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, an associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion at The Ohio State University, is currently being featured on the “Voices for Change” segment on Spectrum News filmed recently on campus.

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Associate Vice Provost Meshelemiah leads way on studying human trafficking

Long before Jacquelyn Meshelemiah was the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, she was a professor living in the Buffalo area conducting research on “prostitutes” as part of a federal grant.

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To prepare students to be transformative change agents in the classroom, community, or future C-Suite.


  • To contribute to retaining talented students through graduation at Ohio State
  • To offer students high-impact practices to ensure successful leadership in academic, career, and civic settings
  • To support students in navigating the structure and practices of the academy while maintaining control over their destinies
  • To encourage undergraduate students to pursue advanced degrees and entrepreneurship
  • To encourage doctoral and professional students to pursue post-graduate careers at colleges and universities, including as staff, faculty and administrators, to enhance diversity in higher education
  • To enhance Ohio State's outreach and engagement with women of color alumnae, business owners, and social leaders
  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop community and create a sense of belonging


Excellence, Intellectual Curiosity, Social Responsibility, Empowerment, Collaboration, and Sense of Belonging


Dr. Andreá N. Williams

The Women's Place
3rd Floor, Hale Hall
154 W. 12th Avenue

Dr. Tanisha L. Jenkins

Associate Vice President
Belonging and Inclusion
Office of Student Life
3rd Floor, Ohio Union