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.

LIWOC is now accepting applications

Student Benefits

  • Membership in a like-minded community
  • Networking opportunities
  • Priority access to mentorship from corporate and industry partners
  • LIWOC program swag, gifts, and three-day off-site retreat

Features of the Program

  • Cross-disciplinary discussion with Ohio State students and scholars
  • Seminars and workshops on leadership skills such as team-building, time management, problem solving, and financial literacy
  • Interviews with Ohio area business owners and social leaders


LIWOC-Undergraduate: The program is open to women of color undergraduate Columbus campus students with second-year status or 24 credits

LIWOC-Professional/Graduate: This program is designed for Ohio State women of color students who are in good academic standing in MA/MS, PhD, MFA, JD, MD and other graduate or professional programs

LIWOC in the News

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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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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To prepare women of color to be transformative change agents in the classroom, community, or future C-Suite


  • To contribute to retaining talented women of color 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, businessowners, and social leaders
  • To provide an opportunity for women of color to develop community and create a sense of belonging


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


Dr. Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah

Associate Vice Provost
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
2nd Floor, Hale Hall
154 W. 12th Avenue

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