Office of Student Life

Social Change

Ashley L. Pryor

Title: Director, Department of Social Change

Ashley L. Pryor is the director for Student Life’s department of Social Change at The Ohio State University. Ashley is responsible for developing and executing Social Change’s interdisciplinary civic engagement programs in the local and state community by discovering ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of Social Change’s reach and impact, organizing department goals and providing guidance to overall program execution and workshop facilitation. She manages a team of one full time staff member, 20-25 undergraduate student employees, and 1-2 graduate practicum students. Ashley is from Westerville, Ohio, and is a two time alumna of The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

As a student, Ashley was a scholar-athlete and won a Big Ten championship with the Ohio State women’s rowing team in 2011. Additionally, she presented (locally) her 2014 documentary, “Why the Caged Bird Sings-Critiquing Critical Race Theory in Higher Education” and in 2015 authored an article, “Impact of College Athletics Involvement on African American Male Student-Athletes’ Career Development,” which she presented locally and nationally. In her role with Social Change, Ashley has focused more on moral and ethical decision-making for college students involved in civic engagement and leadership in relation to career development to uphold the university motto, Education for Citizenship.

In addition, Ashley serves as an instructor for two undergraduate courses and is a faculty mentor for Ohio State’s Second-Year Transformational Experience Program for 20 sophomore students. Before joining Student Life Social Change, Ashley was the Assistant Director (Regional Engagement Officer, Western U.S.) at Ohio State’s Alumni Association. Her commitment as an alum continues, serving this spring 2018, as the keynote speaker for the Alumni Association’s Civil Rights Museum event in Atlanta; furthering Ashley’s advocacy for social justice, educational access and women’s leadership development and rights.