Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC)

Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color

Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color (LIWOC) serves undergraduate and graduate students of color at The Ohio State University who aspire to be leaders.

Voices for Change: ODI Staff Dr. Jacqueline Meshelemiah

Dr. Jacqueline 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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LIWOC leads the way

Young women of color have a fresh program to explore to develop their leadership abilities under an ODI initiative relaunched this year by Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, the associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion.

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LIWOC's Mission

Our mission is to foster the development of women students of color as leaders in the classroom, on The Ohio State University campus, and in their local and/or global communities.


In an effort to prepare the “whole” student leader, LIWOC's approach is 4 prong:

1. to offer access to leadership training
2. to assist in the broadening of networks
3. to offer enrichment activities that increase retention and graduation
4. to ensure access to and engagement in high impact practices

Upcoming Activities

- Ghana Study Abroad [March 2021 during Spring Break]

Student Group

Ladies of Leadership

Ladies of Leadership is a student organization under the auspices of Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color . The women in this group provide upper-level undergraduate women an opportunity to mentor incoming women of color in reaching their academic and leadership aspirations. Embracing a strengths-based approach, the Ladies of Leadership create a supportive environment that fosters academic success, interpersonal growth and networking opportunities.