Become a Search Advocate (registration information)

The Search Advocate Foundations 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 final 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.

You must complete all sessions within the Search Advocate Foundations workshop series to be eligible to serve as a Search Advocate. You may also complete the workshop series for professional development without serving as an advocate in the future.

Remain a Search Advocate (registration information)

To ensure quality and consistency with program recommendations, each advocate must complete three (3) units of continuing education every twelve (12) months. Options to do this include:

  • Search Advocate Foundations workshop series (3 credits)
  • Search Advocate half-day Update workshop (3 credits)
  • Search Advocate 2-hour Topics workshop (1 credit)
  • Search Advocate Community of Practice meeting (1 credit per meeting)

Search Advocates who have completed the foundations series will find additional information about meeting the continuing education requirement in the Search Advocate Community on Canvas.

" I have been a search advocate since 2012. Every year, I serve in this role on 4-5 search committees. My contribution to the search process is always related to addressing individual and group biases, including my own. I use humor to lighten the sometimes-tedious burden of finding the most suited candidate through a fair vetting process. I always tell search committees that being their search advocate does not make me the justice police. What it truly brings is a spirit of fairness and an added commitment to equal opportunity. "
-- Amarah Khan, Associate Director - Global Diversity
Diversity and Cultural Engagement - Student Affairs

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-- Laura Tanager, Service Center Operations Coordinator
Operations - University Housing and Dining Services - UHDS

"As an openly queer/transgender woman, I have a strong interest in advocating for persons with life experience that will enhance OSU's diversity beyond traditional categories such as race or age. It's important that we embrace the value of intersecting identities in our faculty culture, as many students feel marginalized and under-represented by the personal identities that faculty choose to disclose (or not). I am also mildly bipolar and I have recently been severely disabled, so I'm sensitive to the needs and challenges experienced by people with evident and hidden disabilities. I have a wide variety of technical experience in STEM, ranging from food science to power electronics to supercomputers, and so I can bring a unique perspective to the search process. "
-- Kate Schilke, Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering - College of Engineering