Emory Report
February 28, 2005
Volume 57, Number 21


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February 28, 2005
PCSW hosts open forum

BY christi gray

The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) hosted an open forum, Thursday, Feb. 17, giving the Emory community a place to voice important issues concerning women and in turn helping the commission understand what issues it should address.

Susan Gilbert, outgoing commission chair, opened the meeting with an overview of PCSW. She explained the commission's mission statement, accomplishments, current projects and benefits of becoming a member. "If you're interested in communicating concerns to leading Emory administration," Gilbert said, "the commission ensures that you can."

She then introduced incoming chair Allison Dykes and Nadine Kaslow, incoming junior chair, to answer questions while Gilbert moderated. Attendees' questions touched on issues such as lactation rooms, after-hours childcare, work-home balance, use of campus media for creating awareness, the Family Maternity Leave Act (FMLA), and mentorship programs for undergraduate women. Dykes and Kaslow pledged to begin discussions on these topics at upcoming meetings.

Martha Fagan wrapped up the forum by announcing the commission is accepting nominations for new appointments. There are eight one-year student, two three-year faculty, and four three-year staff appointments available. The nominating committee will present the slate of nominees at the April PCSW meeting, and appointees will be invited to attend the last meeting of the semester, Thursday, May 19. Nomination forms can be found online at www.pcsw.emory.edu.

Commission meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Room 500 of Goizueta Business School.

If you have a question or comment for PCSW, e-mail Susan Gilbert at susan_gilbert@emory.edu.