Members of the President’s Commission on the Status of
Women (PCSW) met Nov. 7 in 400 Administration and began the meeting
with a report from the faculty concerns committee.
Committee co-chair Anne Kelley proposed sending a letter to the
Emory College Dean search committee urging members to seek out strong
women candidates. PCSW chair Beth Seelig said she would work on
the letter and would sign it along with the faculty concerns co-chairs.
Seelig told members that Claudia Adkison of the School of Medicine
is beginning to gather data from the basic sciences and two pilot
departments (surgery and pediatrics) for the PCSW Gender Equity
Staff concerns committee chair Susan Lee said her group is interviewing
staff members who participate in alternative work arrangements and
hopes to review shuttle route information. The group also is slated
to meet with Adair Maller of Human Resources to discuss family leave
Pat Douglass of Human Resources updated members on the Mentor Emory
program, which is nearing the end of its pilot stage. She said there
is a need for mentors, as the number of mentees has grown. “We’re
trying to keep the energy and synergy going,” Douglass said.
Jenny Higgins of student concerns said her group is continuing its
assessment of Emory’s sexual harassment policy. They have
revamped their year-long plan concerning this issue (which was presented
at October’s meeting) to research sexual harassment policies
at peer institutions, review Emory’s sexual harassment information
and offer future student programs focusing on sexual harassment
and violence at Emory.
PCSW members then asked if it would be in their best interest to
revisit Emory’s sexual harassment policies and programs as
a group. A suggestion was made to meet with Kent Alexander, the
University’s general counsel, and Robert Ethridge, vice president
for Equal Opportunity Programs. Seelig said she would formally invite
the two to an upcoming meeting.
The commission will meet again Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
If you have a
question or concern for PCSW, e-mail Beth Seelig at firstname.lastname@example.org.