TO: David Young, Provost, for Council of Deans

Penny Bauer, Chair, Faculty Council

Jim Siefken, Chair, Classified Personnel Council

Judy Barth, Chair, Administrative Professional Council

Joe Urban, President, ASCSU

Thomas Lehman, President, Graduate Student Council

FROM: Albert C. Yates

DATE: August 1996

SUBJECT: Task Force on the Status of Women Report

Attached is the report with recommendations of the Task Force on the Status of Women for review and consideration.  As you may recall, I established this group in Fall 1994 with the following charge: “To define the issues and determine the priorities for women at Colorado State University, and make recommendations to address these priorities.”

The group has done exemplary work that will serve the University very well by laying groundwork for enhancing both climate and working relationships in the future.  It should be noted that the work of the Task Force was not an attempt to develop an understanding of the overall campus climate for women, but rather was designed specifically to identify and prioritize areas about which we all need to be concerned, and to make recommendations accordingly.

I have asked Task Force representatives to meet with governance groups in the near future to obtain comments that will assist in determining appropriate next steps in following through on recommendations.  In particular, we are seeking comments on the recommendation to establish a Commission on Women and Gender Equity.  Task Force representatives will contact you shortly to schedule a time convenient for your agenda.

Because this report is in a preliminary comment stage, I would like to request distribution be limited at this time to your particular Executive Committee or Council.  Broader distribution across campus will be scheduled for early fall.

Thank you in advance for reviewing this important document and meeting with Task Force representatives to share your comments.  Feel free to forward any comments or suggestions directly to me, as well.