Meeting with President Jim Wagner was the top
order of business for the President’s Commission on the Status
of Women (PCSW) during its Oct. 2 meeting.
Prior to Wagner’s arrival, the group discussed his recently
released draft Vision Statement. PCSW was asked, along with the
other President’s Commissions, to review the statement and
send comments to Wagner. Topping the discussion were questions about
Wagner’s definition of "academic destination," used
in the statement. Many members thought the term indicated a stopping
point, while others said they saw it as starting point for academic
journeys. Another concern was the application and use of the statement
in regard to the whole University community.
After posing for an official commission photo, Wagner shared his
hopes for the group. He said he saw the President’s Commissions
as vital in advising him on how to deal with respective issues facing
the Emory campus.
"I am fully aware that I am a middle-aged, white, straight
male," Wagner said. "These commissions need to provide
the experience I don’t have and will never have."
He said the commissions work in an advisory mode, a sensory capacity
and take a proactive approach. Wagner challenged them to focus on
one major goal per year and "make it happen."
Members then updated Wagner on their past work and future plans.
Marietta Collins of the faculty concerns subcommittee gave a synopisis
of the recently completed Gender Equity Study and the PCSW Leadership
Survey, both of which can be found at www.emory.edu/PCSW/reports.html.
Elaine Gossett from staff concerns reported that the PCSW will participate
in the Relay for Life event in April and this month’s Heart
Walk. She also mentioned that the Mentor Emory project is looking
for five more mentors. The committee’s next meeting, which
is open to all Emory staff members, is on the third Tuesday of each
month in 220 Dobbs Center.
The student committee graduate chair Maggie Juliano and undergraduate
chair Nicole Faurot said the group is continuing to streamline its
work on sexual harassment issues, bathroom posters and blue emergency
lights on campus.
If you have a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Kim Smith