The University Committee on Women works to promote a university climate
that fosters the full participation of women faculty, staff and
students. The committee concerns itself with policies and practices
that may cause particular difficulties for women as employees and
The goals of the University Committee on Women include the following points:
1. Represent the interests and concerns of all women in the university community.
2. Advise the university administration on issues affecting women faculty, staff, and
3. Assist women in mentoring and networking opportunities.
4. Monitor the institution's performance in regard to representation and advancement of women.
5. Promote a supportive learning and working environment for women.
6. Assist and advocate in the development of policies and practices that promote the equitable participation and treatment of women employees and students.
7. Participate in recruitment and selection processes for leadership positions across the university and within the colleges.
History: Select a Decade: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
VP Christensen appoints first members to UCW
First UCW meeting held
UCW reviews Affirmative Action statement
Recommends that masculine pronouns be changed in Graduate Student Handbook
Report on the status of women at ISU with the following recommendation: "...that the university create a climate in which women in all positions--faculty, staff, and students--are given opportunities equal...to men to develop themselves as individuals and to be engaged in activities commensurate with their abilities and interests."
Women's Center proposal drafted
Recommends removal of Miss/Mrs. designator in Directory
Women's Center proposal accepted by administration - housed in Dean of Students Office
Grievance procedure in Faculty Handbook reviewed and proposed changes submitted
ISU Day Care Laboratory proposal prepared by UCW and submitted to administration
Proposal for Women's Studies curriculum prepared and submitted
First Women's Week sponsored by UCW
UCW printed a Speaker's Directory - a state-wide list of speakers on topics of interest to women
Supported efforts to increase release time for Women's Studies Chair and for funding for permanent faculty to teach Intro to Women's Studies
WOMENEWS first published through administrative assistant
"Forum IV: Isolation of Women in Academia" - regarding situations of women in a male-dominated institution
Submitted reports to the administration on the following:
"Comparative Salaries of Men and Women Faculty at ISU"
"Representation of Female Faculty on University and College Committees"
Sponsored two seminars
Forwarded recommendation that Women's Center be housed in 3 rooms of Sloss House
Submitted "Status of P & S Women Employees at Iowa State"
First P & S women's breakfast sponsored by UCW
Submitted following reports:
"Status of Women Faculty at ISU"
"Sexual Harassment of Students at ISU"
Academic administration internship program was initiated at recommendation of UCW
Compiled information and reported on rapes and assaults at ISU
Reported on the status of international women at ISU
Extensive review by UCW of the structure and function of the Women's Center
Report "Status of Women Faculty on Non-Tenure Track Appointments"
Reported number of women and minorities in higher administrative levels at ISU
Surveyed Merit employees regarding job satisfaction and safety, sexual harassment and discrimination, and career developmen
First Sex Equity Forum
Report submitted "Women in Administration"
Issued report on the instances of sexual harassment at ISU
Presented inclusive language policy to administration for consideration
Assisted with child care survey with other Regents institutions
Follow-up report reviewing all UCW recommendations/reports given to administration to record progress
Submitted "Procedures for Search Committees to Ensure an Equitable Search"
Contributed to study among Regents institutions "Sexual Harassment Among Women Faculty in Iowa"
Sponsored open forum "Equity in Long Range Strategic Plan"
Worked with others to pursue renaming Old Botany
Report prepared regarding parental leave policies
Sex Equity Forum - "Warming the Chilly Climate"
Instrumental in bringing Equity Institute to ISU
Sex Equity Forum - presentation on diversity by facilators trained by the Equity Institut
Initiated the "Women in Touch" series
Reviewed Sexual Harassment policy for inclusion in Faculty Handbook
Assisted Diversity Steering Committee in assessment of climate issues relative to women and minority groups
Active in review of candidates for Provost position
Active in Title IX review
Parental Leave Policy review
Interactive Teleconference - "Confronting Sexual Harassment on Campus"
Sex Equity Forum - "Glass Ceiling for Faculty Women
Conducted membership caucus of UC
Drafted response to Sexual Harassment Polic
Responded to racism and sexism in the ISU Daily
Studied the ISU Benefits/Parental Leave policie
Drafted response to University Strategic Plan
Monitored hiring of University football coach
Sponsored Gender Equity Forum: Title IX
Sponsored 2-day retreat and identified barriers to women on campus
Sponsored dialogue and discussion concerning the Carrie Chapman Catt controversy
Gender Equity Forum -- "Information and Resources"
Active in review of candidates for the following positions: Affirmative Action Officer, Director of the Catt Center for Women in Politics, Vice-President for External Affairs and Director of Housing
Sponsored teleconference, U.N. Women's Conference - One Year Later
Started the Task Force on Isolation
Active in review of candidates for the following positions: Chair of Women's Studies, Director of University Relations, and Affirmative Action Director
Made a commitment to act as Way-Up liaison
Created UCW brochure and web page
Sponsored day -long strategy session on the mission of the Way Up Conference
Made short-term recommendations on maternity/family leave issues and created long term task force to look into these issues further
Created flyer on sexual harassment issues
Co-spnsored programs with LGBTA and supported creation of univeristy committee on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally concerns
Compiled statistics on the number of women, men, and minority tenured and untenured faculty