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April 16, 2001

PCSW reviews year-end business, housing issues

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld


Committee reports dominated a large part of the April 5 President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) meeting.

Molly O’Brien and Vicki Powers of faculty concerns reported on a recent meeting with a representative from the Office of Institutional Planning and Research, regarding a proposed study of female faculty and tenure records. O’Brien said the necessary data for this study can be generated. "We feel like we’re getting somewhere," she said.

Karen Fain of staff concerns said its members are pulling together year-end reports, which should be ready by May’s PCSW meeting.

Members of the student concerns group reported that 550 cellular phones were collected during its recent drive for phones to be donated to victims of domestic abuse. About half of the phones have been sent to the national organizers, PCSW chair Deb Floyd added.

The committee is examining mentoring efforts between students and faculty. More effective efforts to pair freshmen with faculty members for their four years at Emory are being discussed, as are graduate student/faculty mentorships.

Another issue presented by student concerns was a letter advocating same-sex graduate student housing requests. The letter—which will be sent to housing officials and administrators—will ask for a broader expansion of same-sex housing opportunities. Currently such options are limited, commission members said. Same-sex housing is sought by students for religious and cultural reasons, while other members just want to have a choice in their housing choices, the letter explains.

Committee members asked for PCSW to sign the letter, and a motion to do so was approved.

In other business, the commission said the winners of its annual writing contest have been chosen and will be announced publicly at the PCSW 25th Anniversary Event on April 26. New PCSW members for 2001–02 will be introduced at the year’s final PCSW meeting on Thursday, May 3, which will take place in 400 Administration at 3:30 p.m.

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


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