End of the Year Report and Recommendations for 2013-2014

September 2013,

Dear Tony,

I am writing to provide you with the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity end of year report and recommendations for 2013-14, and, on behalf of the entire Commission, I want to convey to you our sincere gratitude for the support we received last year from you and your office.  It was of course wonderful to have a budget for the first time ever in the history of the President’s Commission.  Even beyond that, we were very grateful for your support of a comprehensive women’s initiative, now known as The Ripple Effect, to reach out to and support all women on campus in ways that will make CSU a leader in recruitment, retention and overall job satisfaction for women.  And finally, we are all extremely happy about the new varsity women’s soccer team.  (Go Rams!)

For our part, we had an extremely busy and productive year in 2012-13.  Thanks to our new budget, last year we were able to support the work of other groups on campus not only by lending our name to their events but also, at least in some cases, helping to fund them.  For example, we funded for the Vice President for Research Office’s women’s leadership webinar session in October.  We also funded an interactive all-day workshop for faculty and staff presented by Dr. Cheryl E. Matias (University of Denver, Assistant Professor, Urban Community Teacher Education) titled “”What do you mean I’m not professional?”: A Mother-Scholar Navigating Institutional Racism, Sexism, and Motherism in the Academic Space” on April 18, 2013.  The workshop was well-attended and provided a great atmosphere for women staff and faculty to network.

Other work that occupied different subcommittees included continued involvement with the Parental Leave committee, the newly established Childcare committee, and the Safety committee.  The latter committee, headed by Rebecca McCarty, produced and distributed SafeWalk key tags across the entire campus.  We also co-sponsored, with Teri Suhr in Human Resources, a TIAA/CREF half-day session for women on financial planning for retirement as well as a financial session organized by Human Resources Benefits office.  We wrote a letter of support to the NSF on behalf of a team of faculty’s grant proposal, and lent our support to Athletic’s initiative to add women’s soccer to the varsity sports at CSU.  The Commission explored “high profile” speaker possibilities, including Brene Brown, whose agent was contacted by Commission member Jill Salahub.  Over the summer CWGE began to update our website, working with Happy Bennett.

By far the greatest amount of our time was spent on helping to develop an implementation process for The Ripple Effect.  Several of the Commission members, including Mary Ontiveros, Diana Prieto, Lorie Smith, and myself, met on a monthly basis to collaborate with Amy Parsons and her team to set up a website that would pull together already existing campus groups and individuals who are working on women’s and women-related issues at CSU.  The result is a great new web presence that will advertise and facilitate CSU’s commitments to making this University the best place for women to work and learn.

Finally, we would like to briefly outline and ask your support for the work we have planned to continue or start up this school year.  This will include the following CWGE projects:

  • Continuation of our collaborative work on The Ripple Effect and support and facilitation of The Ripple Effect Initiatives
  • Continuation of our safety initiatives, including production and distribution of SafeWalk key tags to new faculty, staff and students
  • Continuation of support for salary equity studies, especially for Administrative Professionals
  • Support a recommendation on child care at CSU for the Childcare committees

Other areas of focus that the Commission has planned for this year include:

  • Gender and other equity-related issues arising for graduate students at CSU
  • Issues surrounding retention at CSU of student survivors of sexual assault.

We have a full plate for 2013-14, and we look forward to our work.  Thank you again for all your help and for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Jane Kneller, Chair