To Create Womens Leadership Council
17, 2000 -- University of Virginia President John
T. Casteen III today announced creation of a new University committee,
the Womens Leadership Council, to examine and address matters
involving women in leadership roles, in education, and in the University
by the Universitys 1999 Task Force on the Status of Women,
the new council will both advise the president and monitor institutional
compliance with a variety of state and University equal opportunity
policies. Members will be appointed this spring, with the Task Force
members serving on an interim basis until formal appointments are
1999 Task Force produced a broad-ranging "Report on Gender
Equity at the University of Virginia." This report assesses
progress on the status of women at the University, and proposes
"a vision toward which the University of Virginia can strive
in the decade to come." Among other recommendations, the report
urges that University leadership "truly reflect the composition
of our community, the rich diversity of all women and all men."
Task Force has given us a thoughtful and reasonable assessment of
progress and needs for improvement, and it has proposed strategies
that will benefit every member of the University community,"
Casteen said. "The Womens Leadership Council in particular
promises to strengthen a broad range of initiatives that address
equity throughout the institution."
of the Task Force report actually began in fall 1999. At that time,
University Provost Peter W. Low called on the Universitys
deans to examine and change the gender climate at the University
of Virginia, and specifically charged the deans with addressing
gender issues in their units. He implemented new measures to monitor
progress with regard to equal opportunity. Deans annual reports
and performance reviews now include assessment of progress within
their respective areas to improve the gender and racial climate,
to insure equal opportunity in hiring, and to retain women and minority
faculty once they are hired.
of the report is available at http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/equity.html
more information on the Report on Gender Equity, contact Marcia
Day Childress at 924-958, Elizabeth Powell at 982-2730, or David
Gies at 924-7159.
you would like a copy of the report faxed to you, please call the
News Office at 924-7116.
Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189