September 1, 2016

TO: President Tony Frank

FROM: Sue James on behalf of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity

SUBJECT: Recommendation for a 20th Anniversary of CWGE Celebration in 2017

Background

The Commission was established in 1997 by then President Al Yates to assist the University in designing strategies and promoting activities that enhance gender equity and address women’s issues.  The Commission has worked hard and achieved a lot in its 20 years of existence.  A celebration would provide an opportunity to continue to educate campus about the Commission’s work, gather input from campus and recognize the valuable contributions of past Commission members and friends.

Recommendation

The Commission recommends that the President’s Office work with the Commission in Fall 2016 to plan a celebration of the Commission’s 20th Anniversary which will be held Fall 2017.  This might include one large, all-inclusive gala-type of event, as well as small events throughout the year and adding events to CSU functions (e.g., Fall Forum, Celebrate! CSU) to celebrate 20 years of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity.

The celebration could also include special PR opportunities to highlight the work of the Commission, and provide fundraising opportunities as well.  Finally, the President’s Office might consider commissioning some special are or holding a contest on how to celebrate the Commission’s work (i.e., a painting, a mural, a play, a video, a half day symposium, etc.).  The Commission would use this celebration to highlight the work of all its collaborative partners (e.g., The Women and Gender Collaborative, The Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, The Women and Gender Advocacy Center and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity).

Promotes the Mission and Goal of the Commission

The celebration and corresponding events will enhance the awareness of women and gender issues on campus and will help the Commission celebrate the steps taken thus far towards the goal and mission of making CSU the best place for women to work and learn.  The public exposure will allow the Commission to further its work by connecting with the campus community and allowing members to network with their constituents in a positive and celebratory environment.