Issues in progress

President's Commission on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Concerns

Co-chair Ami Mattison reported at the Commission's March 4 meeting that the Institute of the Liberal Arts plans to fill a Gay and Lesbian Studies faculty position by the fall.

The Commission's L/G/B studies subcommittee announced that it will pursue a faculty development seminar with an emphasis on L/G/B studies through the Commission on Teaching. The subcommittee also is planning initiatives for Woodruff Library acquisitions and undergraduate curriculum changes that would support L/G/B studies.

The Commission announced plans for a town hall meeting for the Emory community for the week of April 8.

--Matt Montgomery

President's Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission is seeking nominations for two essay contests on work related to women, gender or feminist theory, Commission Chair Sheila Cavanagh announced at the group's March 7 meeting.

One contest is open to students in Emory and Oxford colleges and undergraduates in the business and nursing schools. The other contest is open to students in the Graduate School and the schools of medicine, nursing, public health, business, theology and law. Each prize carries a $250 award.

The deadline for submission is Friday, April 12. President Bill Chace will present the award at a reception at the Commission's May 2 meeting. For criteria and submission information, contact Cavanagh at 727-7916 or <>.

The Commission also voted to provide funding for a three-day workshop sponsored by Emory's affiliate of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). The event is scheduled for March 28-30 on campus. The NCBI sessions stress coalition building, communicating across differences, and valuing and respecting oneself and others. The specific amount of funding to be provided for the session will be determined by the Executive Committee.

The funding request was made by Saralyn Chesnut, director of the Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Life and director of NCBI's Emory Affiliate.

--Dan Treadaway

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