Barclay, Lisa

Lisa Barclay

Professional Photo of  Lisa Barclay
Gender pronouns: She/Her
Phonetic spelling: bar-clay
Assistant Dean-Staff, College of Engineering
Hitchcock Hall2070 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43210-1226


Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Sports Team: Browns Fan of Course!

Best Part of My Job: Working with students and seeing them grow and be successful.

Favorite Dish(es): My abuelitos recipe for Pescado Frito with Tostones (a Dominican staple), my mothers pound cake and mother-in-love thanksgiving dressing....not stuffing :-)

Favorite Quote: "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth".       - Shirley Chisholm

With Southern and Caribbean roots, she likes her music old school, working with the people around her, and she wants more than anything to help the students she works with to become the sort of people others will enjoy being around.  She knows powerful forces influence young people as they set out on their life’s course. Lisa believes one of the best influences is higher education.  Her passion for higher learning started on the campuses of Tougaloo and Oberlin Colleges, where she spent many summers tagging alongside her uncle Lawrence V. Barclay, former Dean of Students. 

Lisa Barclay has 20 years of professional experience in higher education.  In her previous roles as Undergraduate Recruitment Director, Minority Engineering Program Associate Director, and Senior Director of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion under her leadership, Ohio State Engineering Recruitment doubled the number of new first-year student applications and enrollment and was responsible for co-creating and facilitating programs, activities, and services targeting women and historically excluded and underrepresented students in engineering.  In her current role as Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, she oversees a staff of 14 and is responsible for College of Engineering K-12 Outreach, Undergraduate Recruitment, Student Academic Success programs, and Inclusive Excellence initiatives impacting students, staff, and faculty across the College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture. 

In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the CARE office, she also serves as the primary advisor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where she has the opportunity to work closely with undergraduate students to support their efforts to excel academically and serve the community.  While at OSU she has been recognized for outstanding service by Mortar Board & Sphinx and the College of Engineering Above and Beyond Award.  Currently, she is a member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and past regional chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Lisa is happily married to a small business owner and is still paying the cell-phone bills of two beautiful adult daughters...LOL

As a member of the COE leadership team, I am excited to collaborate with campus and community partners, COE alumni, students, staff, and faculty to advance Inclusive Excellence in the College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture.  Aligning with the University's Shared Values, I am committed to overseeing an office that provides professional development and learning opportunities for all staff and faculty, creates student support and empowerment programming, and works alongside leadership to review and revise numerous aspects of our engineering curricula offerings.  The Community, Access, Retention and Empowerment Office (CARE) is a collaborative partner supporting the associate deans and department chairs in establishing systems, policies, and practices that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.  


Ms. Barclay serves as a key strategist and thought leader for Ohio State’s College of Engineering student undergraduate recruitment and academic success programming.

  • Additional areas of experience and expertise include:
    • program creation and reconfiguration with particular interests in programming impacting historically excluded and underrepresented groups.
    • cohort management,  implementing high-impact activities and training, and supervising student and professional staff 
    • analyzing data to develop strategic action steps to impact the applicants, yield, enrollment, and retention rates
  • Experienced leadership at the national level: served as Regional Chair for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, a learning community of more than 50 institutions of higher education working together to explore current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in the engineering.