Director

Dr. Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah, Director SJRL

Dr. Meshelemiah is the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. Inclusive excellence has always been a guiding value throughout her career in higher education as an administrator, educator and researcher. Serving as the university’s Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and inclusion is an important opportunity to effect change for students, staff, faculty and administration alike. 

Dr. Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and three-time alum of The Ohio State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and Doctorate (PhD) from the College of Social Work. Prior to her current appointment as Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University, she was Assistant Professor and later an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. She has taught courses across the curricula at the BSSW, MSW, and PhD levels. Up until January 2020, she taught courses on Assessments and Diagnoses in Clinical Social Work as well as Human Trafficking. In 2013, she taught an interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Human Trafficking for a global audience of 30,200 students from 187 nations. She is the former Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Hideaway, a safehaven for at-risk and/or survivors of human trafficking. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications and presentations at the local, national, and international levels. Her current research publications focus on human trafficking, human rights, social justice and equity. Jacquelyn’s professional travels have taken her to Canada, Costa Rica, England, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and over 2/3rd of the United States.

Published August 2019

As a scholar activist, human rights promoter, and social work educator/researcher, Dr. Meshelemiah uses her voice to amplify others. Dr. Meshelemiah’s recently published book The Cause and Consequence of Human Trafficking: Human Rights Violations co-written with Raven E. Lynch, MSW is grounded in social justice and the acknowledgement of survivors. The survivors’ voices are paramount to understanding human trafficking, making change happen, and taking actions. Her in-depth look on how consumption is instrumental in labor trafficking provides an understanding of how consumers potentially play a role in labor trafficking. The book is published by The Ohio State University Pressbooks through an Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grant. As stated by The Ohio State University former President, Dr. Michael V. Drake, “Affordable excellence is fundamental to who we are as a land-grant university.” The book is available with free access on the The Ohio State University Pressbooks website. View the author’s Preface, How Queen Changed My Career Trajectory, and all of the book chapters beginning with Chapter 1: Social Work, Social Justice, Human Rights and Human Trafficking on the The Ohio State University Pressbooks’ website. Read an interview with Dr. Meshelemiah about the book in an article by The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Dr. Meshelemiah is the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. Inclusive excellence has always been a guiding value throughout her career in higher education as an administrator, educator and researcher. Serving as the university’s Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and inclusion is an important opportunity to effect change for students, staff, faculty and administration alike. 

She previously had a split appointment with The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).  In ODI, she was the Faculty Fellow and the Director of Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color. This appointment provides ongoing opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of color. She provides leadership training, research opportunities, and the coordination of student attendance at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference. She also offers a variety of professional development opportunities to women students.

Jacquelyn Meshelemiah was appointed to ODI as Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion under the leadership of  Dr. James L. Moore III.  Dr. Moore became the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and the university’s Chief Diversity Officer on May 1, 2018, in addition to his concurrent appointments as Education and Human Ecology’s Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center. Dr. Moore is a man who leads with passion and commitment to students at The Ohio State University, Black males as a group, and k-12 students  as a whole in urban areas.  He lives by the lessons taught to him by his parents and those who came before him.  His unwavering belief in faculty development is what led to my (Jacquelyn Meshelemiah) being given the opportunity to serve students in ODI. I am grateful for the mentorship and privilege of being affiliated with such an accomplished leader and critical unit of The Ohio State University.

The Social JUSTICE Research Lab was born out the the leadership activities of Dr. Meshelemiah as a Faculty Fellow and Director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

College of Social Work

Social Work has a long and rich tradition of helping others at The Ohio State University, starting with the very first social work course offered in 1875. This tradition continues with the College’s current Dean, Dr. Tom Gregoire. He was appointed the Dean of the College of Social Work in 2010. His visionary leadership and devotion to social justice issues are traits that make him a very unique leader and social change agent. His attention to justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity is consistent throughout his leadership and allows faculty like myself (Jacquelyn Meshelemiah) to pursue technology enhanced education, international social work  endeavors, visiting scholar appointments, faculty fellow appointments, and personal growth and development opportunities as an educator, scholar activist, and leader. I am grateful to be a member of the social work faculty under Dr. Gregoire’s leadership.

Office of Academic Affairs (OAA)

In 2018, Dr. Meshelemiah was the Carole A. Anderson Faculty Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) in a split appointment. She assisted Dr. Kay Wolf on projects related to faculty retention, faculty turnover, and faculty promotions.

President and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW)

Dr. Meshelemiah is also a former Chair and past member of the President and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW). She served on this esteemed Council for five years (2014-2019).

Education

PhD – The Ohio State University, 1995 – Social Work
MSW – The Ohio State University, 1991 – Social Work
BSSW – The Ohio State University, 1990 – Social Work

Areas of Expertise

Human trafficking
Social justice
Human rights

Areas of Interest for Mentoring Students

Human trafficking
Social justice
Human rights
Diversity, equity, and inclusion

 
Welcome to the Social JUSTICE Research Laboratory.