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.

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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Women of color gather at annual LIWOC retreat

On February 14-16, 2020, 53 women of color undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as around 10 faculty, staff, and guest speakers spent the weekend taking over the Burr Oak State Park Lodge for the Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color's 2020 We Are One Women of Color Retreat.

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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.

Goals

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

- Annual Legislative Conference ~ hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington DC [September 2019]
- Women's Retreat at Burr Oak State Park Lodge [February 14-16, 2020]
- Data Science for Women Summer Camp Luncheon: Middle School and High School Girls [July 2020]
- 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.