At its Feb. 6 meeting, the President’s Commission on the
Status of Women (PCSW) presented midyear updates to President Bill
Marietta Collins, Susan Gilbert and Anne Kelley, representing the
faculty concerns committee, reported the group is still working
on obtaining data from the School of Medicine to add to its existing
faculty gender equity issues study. The committee already has data
from the basic sciences and pediatrics departments and waiting on
data from surgery.
As a follow-up to the study, Gilbert will lead a subcommittee to
examine issues of women in leadership at Emory. The committee asked
PCSW members to co-sign a letter that will be sent to various search
committees currently active on campus to remind them of the importance
of including qualified women in the candidate pools. Also, the group
• begin to use the HR database to investigate women’s
representation at Emory in formal leadership roles currently and
in recent years.
• supplement the HR database with new data that reflect women’s
perspectives on leadership opportunities and development.
• research the presence of women in formal leadership positions
at comparable universities.
An additional component of the study will be an examination of “family-friendly”
policies that apply to faculty and how they are used and/or perceived
by male and female faculty.
Staff concerns committee chair Susan Lee said her group is pleased
with the alternative work arrangements website it helped initiate
and that the site will be updated with alternative work arrangement
“success stories” in the coming months. Lee also reported
that the Mentor Emory program successfully finished its pilot study
and now is examining funding opportunities.
Members of the student concerns committee presented a report that
focused on expanding and promoting Emory’s sexual harassment
information for students, faculty and staff. The report reviewed
Emory’s current sexual assault policies, along with information
from peer institutions.
Representatives from Human Resources (HR) and the general counsel’s
office, along with Bob Ethridge, vice president for Equal Opportunity
Programs (EOP), responded to the study. Ethridge, who helped write
Emory’s sexual harassment policy in 1988, said the EOP has
received favorable feedback on its existing programs and long has
been educating campus organizations and departments through group
Both Ethridge and HR’s Pat Douglass said their departments
have been reviewing computer-based sexual harassment training/education
programs, but there is a per-person cost involved that needs to
be examined, Douglass said, adding that a large portion of Emory
employees don’t have access to a computer on a regular basis.
Ali Crown, director of the Women’s Center, ended the meeting
by suggesting the student group focus on updating information that
is already available, such as flyers and the posters found in campus
The commission will meet again March 6 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
you have a question or concern for PCSW, e-mail chair Beth Seelig