Emory Report
October 3, 2005
Volume 58, Number 6


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October 3 , 2005
PCSW holds first 2005-06 meeting

BY Christi Gray

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) held its first 2005–06 meeting, Sept. 15, in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library. After approval of minutes from the last spring meeting and orientation of new members, chair Allison Dykes called for votes on a variety of bylaw changes. They included:
• increasing membership diversity by adding the following language to the bylaws: “The appointed members of the Commission shall be selected from the faculty, staff, students and administrative officers of Emory University with as broad representation as possible from the various divisions of Emory University and with respect to gender and ethnicity;”
• adding ex-officio appointments of representatives from Human Resources (HR) and
development marketing and university relations;
• alternating between faculty and staff for commission chair and adding the option to select annual co-chairs to ensure faculty and staff are both represented at the executive level; and
• adding the chair of the women-in-leadership committee and the student concerns adviser to the executive committee.

After all amendments were approved, Dykes announced that HR Senior Director,
Del King, PCSW’s first male member, would be joining the commission ex-officio.
Next, secretary and treasurer Lisa Newbern discussed the 2005–06 budget, whose allocations include events, publicity, faculty writing awards, student concerns awareness and several sponsorships, including Women’s History Month and two Center for Women events.

Julie Seaman, faculty concerns committee chair, suggested “Work-Life Issues” as this year’s PCSW theme. “Work-life is a more inclusive term than ‘family-friendly,’” she said.

The theme was not approved and the issue was tabled until next meeting, but member consensus said family-friendly policies and work-life balance are imperative to Emory community, and Dykes said the commissions theme should address diversity in families. Other phrases such as work-life integration or work-life balance were suggested as alternatives, as was the option of not having a theme.

To conclude the meeting, committees reported the following goals for the year:
Student concerns
• working closely with the faculty concerns committee
• gathering information from all schools
• increasing awareness of sexual harassment and on-campus stalking
Staff concerns
• supporting and working to improve the new lactation policy
• gathering information on salary ranges and affirmative action results
• researching accommodation for dependents of the Emory community, such as space for children and time off to care for aging parents
• reporting on effects of last year’s Fair Labor Standards Act changes
Faculty concerns
• creating a task force to look into work-life balance, under the guidance of the
provost’s office
• adding men to the work-life balance dialogue
• planning a conference on work-life balance, sponsored by the provost’s office
Women in leadership
• updating leadership data from benchmark universities
• creating a presidentially-approved letter to send to Emory-contracted executive search firms asking them to consider women for leadership positions
• working with Betty Willis and Carolyn Drews-Botsch, this year’s Higher Education Re source Services (HERS) Management Institute for Women in Higher Education awardees, upon their return from the institute
• reviewing the University’s exit-interview policy
• generating more Emory honorary degrees for women
• adding PCSW alumni to the mailing list
The next PCSW meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Jones Room.

If you have questions or concerns for PCSW, e-mail chair Allison Dykes at allison.dykes@emory.edu.