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Annual Report

 

WOMEN'S COMMISSION
ANNUAL REPORT
2008-2009

Introduction

            The Edinboro University Commission on the Status of Women completed another successful year during 2008-09, reviewing policies, procedures, and the campus environment and their impact on women students, faculty, and staff.  The Commission reorganized into three subcommittees focused on Events, Student Conferences, and Curriculum Infusion around a theme developed for academic year 2009-10, Women and the Economy. 

            The Commission is comprised of members of the Edinboro Community (staff, faculty, managers) whose mission it is to identify concerns and issues, coordinate efforts required to improve the campus for women, target specified issues to be addressed and monitor their progress, and report to the President.  The Commission also provides leadership development opportunities for women students, staff, and faculty.  The Commission is funded by the university, and events are open to the entire university community. 

Actions

            The Commission promoted and solicited applications for the 2008 PA-SSHE Undergraduate Women's Leadership Institute and selected three students to attend in June 2008.  Three students were recommended to attend the Institute in June 2009 as well. 

            In April 2009 the third annual Women Student Leadership Development Conference "Passport to Leadership" attracted over 85 student participants.  Presenters included nine women leaders and received very positive evaluations of the opportunities for networking and life career exploration.  Members submitted a competitive grant proposal to the American Association of University Women to expand this event. 

            The Commission co-sponsored the keynote event for Women's History Month. 

            There was much discussion about conducting a survey regarding women's issues; however, it has been postponed in deference to decisions being made about a comprehensive survey that may be administered through another university body. 

            The Commission was represented at the PA-SSHE annual women's consortium conference at Slippery Rock University in October, 2008.

 Conclusion

            It was an active and productive year for the Edinboro Commission with an increase in activity level and awareness of many important issues facing women in our community. 
We anticipate that the momentum gained will carry over and intensify in the new academic year.