An NSF grant of $984,484 will support the “BGSU ALLIES: Building Inclusive Leadership Practices and Policies to Transform the Institution” project.  ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌  ‌
Thursday, September 27, 2018  

NSF grant boosts academic women in STEM | Hanasono garners 2018 20 Under 40 leadership award

Celebrating the BGSU ALLIES grant are (back row, left to right) Lisa Hanasono, Karen Root, Deb O’Neil, Hyun Kyoung Ro, Michael Zickar, Susana Peña, Ellen Broido, and Stacey Richener; front row (left to right) Margaret (Peg) Yacobucci, Sheila Roberts, Rachel Vannatta Reinhart and Michael Ogawa.
NSF grant to enhance, highlight contributions of women in academic STEM careers

Bowling Green State University has earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $984,484 to support the “BGSU ALLIES: Building Inclusive Leadership Practices and Policies to Transform the Institution” project. This award is given to qualifying institutions demonstrating a desire for social and institutional reform.

The award is granted through NSF’s Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) program. The mission of ADVANCE is to develop systemic approaches to include, enhance and highlight the contributions of women in academic STEM careers. ADVANCE works to identify and eliminate organizational barriers that inhibit the full participation and advancement of diverse faculty in academic institutions.

The BGSU ALLIES project will focus on how administrators and faculty allies can work collaboratively to reduce biases and transform institutional policies and practices regarding gender equity. The project will adapt strategies to create allied partnerships between faculty departments and administrative leaders to produce a unified program of inclusive institutional operations.

“By making allyship and inclusive leadership the expectation and norm at BGSU, the ALLIES program will directly help the University achieve its mission,” said Dr. Peg Yacobucci, professor of geology and principal investigator for the grant. “Our goal is to provide individual faculty with the tools they need to promote positive change and actively combat bias while also building a supportive network across campus.”


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Lisa Hanasono receives 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award

Dr. Lisa Hanasono
Dr. Lisa Hanasono, associate professor of communication studies at Bowling Green State University, received a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award on Sept. 24 at the 23nd annual 20 Under 40 ceremony.  She was selected from a record number of 255 candidates.

Committed to social justice and diversity, Hanasono works tirelessly to serve the public good by promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through her teaching, leadership, mentoring and community engagement, said her nomination letter. As a teacher, she has helped thousands of BGSU students cultivate the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively across diverse contexts. Her research examines how people use communication to prevent, stop and speak out against prejudice, stigma and discrimination. She is a published researcher and has given more than 50 professional presentations at local, regional and national venues.

Hanasono’s awards and recognition include a research fellowship from BGSU’S Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, its Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award, Elliott Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Research and President’s Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students, plus the Central States Communication Association’s Outstanding New Teacher Award and the Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching.

At BGSU, she has served on the President’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Faculty Excellence’s Advisory Board, the College of Arts and Sciences Council, and the School of Media and Communication Director’s Advisory Committee. She has chaired the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Asian Pacific American Caucus and served as the publications officer of NCA’s International and Intercultural Communication Division.

BGSU’s Dr. Sara Khorshidifard, Dr. Russell Mills and Paul Valdez also were nominated for the award. Khorshidifard, an assistant professor of architecture, teaches architecture and urban design studios. Mills, an associate professor of political science, is the director of the Center for Regional Development. Valdez is associate director for the Center for Community and Civic Engagement.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their career and/or in the community. An independent panel of judges selects the 20 candidates for recognition.

New Web Accessibility Policy aims to eliminate barriers

The University has introduced its new Web Accessibility Policy, designed to ensure all official University web pages and University-related web pages are accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight and cognitive ability. The goal is for all users to be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions and enjoy the same services, regardless of any disability they might have.

Because BGSU websites and web applications are integral to the University’s academic and administrative work, it is important that all BGSU students, faculty and staff are aware of the policy and its standards, which affirm BGSU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion across all platforms.

Anyone responsible for updating and working on any of the University web pages should have received a separate email with mandatory training information. All content managers are required to attend a web accessibility training. Failure to take part in a training by Nov. 20 will result in the cancellation of web management privileges until training is complete.

Call Accessibility Services at 419-372-8495 for additional information.

Panel to address ‘Design for Good’

“Proceed + Be Bold” offers a lesson in the power of graphic design and its ability to make a meaningful difference in everyday lives, communities and the world. A panel discussion, hosted by the School of Art and the School of the Built Environment, features architects Bryan Bell and Lori Ryker and designer John Bielenberg. They will address their work in social activism, environmental design, design for good and their connections to the Rural Studio. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Bell is the founder and executive director of Design Corps and co-founder of SEED Network (Social, Economic, Environmental Design). He has supervised the Structures for Inclusion lecture series for 10 years, which presents best practices in community-based design. He has published two collections of essays on the topic and received an AIA National Honor Award in Collaborative Practice. He was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11 and a co-recipient of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize which focused on public interest design.

Ryker is the founder and principal of studio ryker in Livingston, Montana. While not a licensed architect, her design work has received national awards and been published nationally and internationally. She has written three books and published her writing in national architectural journals. She lectures nationally on the topics of architectural design, sustainable design, her design work and education. She currently works in the professional world and educational arena through studio ryker and Artemis Institute, an educational not-for-profit she founded in 2003.
Bielenberg, a designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, is recognized for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement. In 2013, he received the AIGA Medal, the design organization’s highest honor. He also has won more than 250 design awards in his career including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design Citation for outstanding work and overall impact in the fields of art and design as an author, educator, social activist and designer. He created Project M, a movement and program devoted to making design matter. Recently, he co-founded Future to help corporations, foundations and other institutions develop ingenious solutions to their most daunting challenges and problems.

Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.