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.   


" Being a search advocate is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.  Along with the initial training, the ongoing professional development and community of practice lunch conversations continue to raise my consciousness, not just professionally, but also personally, about ways in which we can become more welcoming and inclusive.  I’ve become more sensitive to language and actions that exclude people, even unconsciously, and more aware of my own biases. My experiences as the SA on searches have always been interesting—I’ve learned a great deal about units other than my own, and have made friends with people I otherwise would never have met. I believe that my search advocate experiences and training have made me a better person, and I am proud to be part of a university that values diversity and inclusiveness to the extent that it funds and promotes the Search Advocate program.  OSU walks the talk. "
-- Claire Cross, Dir-Summer Session
Summer Session - Extended Campus

" The search advocate program helps me in not only being a search advocate, but in being aware as a member of a search committee.  The ability to identify a bias, either from myself or someone else, and to respond to that bias is an indispensable skill that I utilize on any search I’m a part of.  The tools that the program provides to help mitigate bias are something I recommend for every search. "
-- Don Frier, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian
Valley Library - OSU Libraries

Erica Curry
" Becoming a search advocate was the tipping point in my understanding of, and dedication to, social justice and a lifelong pursuit of personal growth and development. The search advocate program teaches me an awareness of implicit biases, structural biases, equitable hiring practices, and inclusivity in the workplace. It also gives me the tools and the language to help those around me grow in their understanding and challenge those inequities, inside and out of the search process. It empowers me to feel as though I could actually effect change within our institution and make a difference. In serving the university in a unique way, outside of my typical duties, search advocacy also allows me to network with units and folks I would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. "
-- Erica Curry, Academic Programs Manager
Extended Campus - Provost's Office