If you're an OSU employee or student and are interested in becoming a search advocate, please visit OSU's Professional Development Registration site and log in using your ONID user id and password. The required sessions are entitled AA Search Advocate Series - Session 1 of 2 and AA Search Advocate Series - Session 2 of 2. You must complete both sessions to be eligible to serve as a Search Advocate. Breakfast and lunch are included with the workshops at no charge. At the conclusion of the second session, you can decide whether or not to have your name included on the list of advocates willing to be invited to serve in this role.
The workshop series establishes a theoretical foundation of current research about implicit bias and diversity, information about the changing legal landscape in hiring, and an overview of inclusive employment principles. Using this foundation, you will begin to construct your own framework of practice, delve into specific issues that may arise at each stage of the search process, and explore various ways to head off or respond to those issues. By the end of the second session, you will have a toolkit of practical strategies for each stage of the search process, and approaches to help you perform the advocate role effectively as part of a search committee.
The initial workshop series is typically offered at least once a month. It is best to complete Session 1 and Session 2 as close together as possible--ideally during a single week with the same cohort of participants. If you are unable to complete Session 2 within three months of Session 1, please consider attending Session 1 again before proceeding to Session 2.