October 31 , 2005
Wagner guides PCSW at Oct. 20 meeting
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women
(PCSW) welcomed President Jim Wagner to its Oct. 20 meeting, held
in the Jones Room
of Woodruff Library.
Wagner talked about how the commission can achieve
its 2005-06 goals, focusing on three tasks: assessment, recommendations
On assessment, Wagner told the commission to seek stories
and look for trends. Once trends are revealed, tangible goals for
change can be established. “In
assessment, you must gather stories,” he said. “If you can be specific,
assessment can be a powerful tool.” Junior Chair-Elect Susan Carini said
a “telling stories” program was in the works, and Wagner suggested
diversity as a possible subject.
After assessment, Wagner said recommendations must
be made. Areas of possible recommendation topics included awareness,
networking and best practices.
“Celebrate,” he continued. “Reward what’s good about
the University in reference to women’s issues.”
After Wagner’s address, commission members discussed ways to change the
differentiation between policy and reality, such as stricter consequences for
those who don’t observe University policies, or making policies more widely
known. “Knowing that the leadership cares about issues goes a long way,” one
Tenure extension associated with maternity leave was
another issue of concern. Currently there is no permanent tenure-extension
but Wagner said the
Faculty Council will address the issue in the near future.
Chair Allison Dykes asked what PCSW can do to encourage
more diversity in hiring in leadership positions. “We are concerned
that only one of seven deans and vice presidents recently hired was
a woman,” Dykes said. Wagner suggested
placing more women in leadership on hiring committees, informing existing deans
of diversity concerns and gathering stories from candidates who were offered
positions but didn’t accept.
Student representatives voiced their concerns, such
as the facts that students are not recognized under the Family Medical
Act (FMLA) and there is no
policy in place for stalking. The student concerns committee recently took
out a full-page Emory Wheel ad to increase awareness of stalking and sexual
Wagner called the ad “refreshingly powerful.”
In commission business, faculty member Kay Vydareny
and graduate student Amy Webb were voted in as new members. Members
a bylaw change reducing
the required 60-day notice for commission sponsorship requests to 30 days.
This will give students time to apply for sponsorship upon fall arrival.
If you have a question or concern for PCSW, send e-mail
to Chair Allison Dykes at firstname.lastname@example.org.