The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers, a celebration of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community. 

Breaking Barriers Awards are open to anyone in the OSU community who has worked to advance gender equity in alignment with each of the award categories.  We accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members.  Nominators may submit multiple nominations but must submit a separate form for each nomination.

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now closed. Award recipients will be announced on April 27 at 4 p.m. at the virtual Breaking Barriers Celebration.

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Award Categories

Breaking Barriers in Education Award

This award recognizes a member of the OSU community whose high impact in teaching and mentoring has paved the way to advance gender equity in higher education and allows all to thrive and prosper. 

Breaking Barriers in Research Award

This award honors a member of the OSU community whose innovative research challenges and expands knowledge and/or advances gender equity.

Breaking Barriers in Athletics Award

This award recognizes a member of the OSU athletic community whose contributions actively create and encourage gender equity in sports.

The PCOSW Community Builder Award

This award honors an individual or group in the OSU community whose work contributes significantly to the campus environment through advocacy of gender equity. ​​​

The Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award 

This award celebrates a member of the OSU community who works as an agent of change in service of racial justice and gender equity.