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October 23, 2000

PCSW reviews 2000-01 goals

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld

Members of the President's Council on the Status of Women are wasting no time in setting their goals for the school year, as witnessed during the group's Oct. 5 meeting. The majority of the meeting was devoted to various projects on which the three council subcommittees will focus.

Vicki Powers and Molly O'Brien said the faculty concerns committee will conduct a two-year study examining tenure issues facing women faculty. Though currently in its initial stages of piecing the study together, the study will be similar to the PCSW's "Invisible Barriers" study completed in 1999.

Allison Adams said the staff concerns committee is reviewing existing models of flexible work schedules and identifying places where such schedules are and aren't permitted. Adams said Janice Latoza helped prepare a mission statement for a staff mentoring program, and current goals of the program include orienating new staff, setting up one-on-one mentoring and hosting forums.
Liz Stiles said the student concerns committee is continuing to work on expanding the date rape

information available to campus groups, stepping up its mentoring program efforts and focusing on how co-ed dormitories are affecting diversity among undergraduate students. Stiles said the committee hopes to host a roundtable discussion for faculty to help them recognize signs of eating disorders among students.

Another project Stiles mentioned is a cellular phone collection through which phones would be distributed to a battered women's help group. Phones would be refurbished and given to abused women, who could use them to call 911 in emergencies for free.

In other business, members approved a measure to write a letter of welcome to incoming Campus Life Vice President John Ford.

The commission will meet again Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.

If you have a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Deb Floyd at


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