Leading Change is a core offering under OSU’s Academic Leadership Academy coordinated by the offices of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources. This program is grounded in the scholarship of diversity leadership and aligned with the vision detailed in OSU’s Diversity Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan 4.0.


Leading Change will prepare academic unit leaders—including deans, school directors and department heads—to effectively:

  • Lead organizational change toward achievement of diversity, equity and inclusion goals;
  • Build coalitions to develop and advance strategic priorities;
  • Facilitate organizational learning at individual, team and systems levels; and
  • Respond with care to communities in conflict and crisis.


Leading Change is delivered through both synchronous and asynchronous modes. The seminar is action focused and utilizes active-learning, dialogic, and problem-based instructional strategies to equip institutional leaders with critical knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

The seminar is organized in four modules:

  • Module 1: The Big Picture
    • Integrating strategic plans, institutional metrics, insights from local and national trends to imagine and mobilize a shared vision for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Module 2: Leading Change
    • Wielding theories of organizational change and adaptive strategic planning to assess and monitor progress toward inclusive excellence.
  • Module 3: Facilitating Learning
    • Conceptualizing and communicating cultural competence at the organizational level and modeling inclusive and critical educational practices.
  • Module 4: Responding with Care
    • Balancing advocacy and empowerment in response to bias and pursuing justice and restoration for communities in conflict and crisis.

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Open applications will be announced via campus-wide email.

  • Leading Change is held twice each year during the fall and spring terms
  • Forthcoming seminar dates include:
    • Spring 2024, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon: April 12; April 26; May 10; May 24
    • Fall 2024, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon: October 10; Oct 24; Nov 7; Nov 21

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Professional Development

Leading Change facilitators curate articles and other educational resources to sustain curiosity and growth among Leading Change alumni. Reading lists are uploaded each term and announced to the alumni list serve.

  • Spring 2023 Reading List: Coming Soon
  • Summer 2023 Reading List: Coming Soon