on the Status of
Women in the UW System
on the Status of
Women at UW-Green Bay
of Women on the
UW-Green Bay Campus
Proposed Action Steps
Appendix II - Part 2
Opportunities for Women Students Work Team
Equality for Women in the University of Wisconsin System:
A Focus for Action in the Year 2000
The Opportunities for Women Students Work Team, representing all
faculty, staff and students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
is charged with addressing one of four recommendations stipulated
in the UW System report, "Equality for Women in the University
of Wisconsin System: A Focus for Action in the Year 2000." The
recommendation, some background information and specific initiatives
listed in the report are as follows:
Expand educational opportunities for women students.
Women make up more than half the student body, but they are still
a minority in fields such as math, science, and technology. Such fields
will be crucial to the future of our society, and women ought to be
prepared to participate in them. Likewise, women are as yet not represented
proportionally in University-sponsored athletics. Finally, though
the curriculum better reflects the history and experience of women
than it did decades ago, it is not clear that sufficient progress
has been made.
To open the way further for women students in all parts of the University,
UW-Green Bay should consider:
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- Increasing pre-college and science outreach activities in order
to attract more young women to the study of math, science, engineering,
technology and business. Developing or expanding mentoring programs
for women students in these fields, for both introductory courses
and majors, and provide meaningful rewards or incentives to mentors.
Encouraging and funding the development of pedagogical changes designed
to attract and retain more women in science, math, engineering, technology,
- Developing new initiatives that will help women to take advantage
of ongoing changes in technology, increasing globalization, and other
social shifts, so that women students can enter cutting-edge fields
of the future.
- Increasing pre-college outreach to women of color, in order to attract
them to degree programs at UW System institutions.
- Advocating strenuously for the development of methods to ensure
access to higher education for women who are currently excluded because
of economic disadvantage, welfare status, or family responsibilities.
- Continuing to expand opportunities for women students in athletics.
- Increasing need-based and develop merit-based financial aid for
- Asking degree programs and University-wide or college-wide committees
(e.g., academic planning committees) to ensure that the curriculum,
especially in general education courses, appropriately includes material
related to women. Providing adequate support to meet the demand for
courses in Women Studies. Supporting the development of courses in
Gay and Lesbian Studies.
Specifically, the Committee is charged to complete the following
1. Review and discuss the specific initiatives listed above.
Summarize the current state of affairs at UW-Green Bay for each
2. Determine which initiatives should be addressed at UW-Green
Bay over the next five years. Identify any additional initiatives
that could be carried out at UW-Green Bay to address the UW System
recommendation to expand educational opportunities for women students.
3. Recommend one or more institutional goals that UW-Green Bay
should strive to meet, over the next five years, to address each
of the initiatives identified in #2 above.
4. Determine what actions and activities could be carried out
to achieve each of the goals.
5. List the criteria and standards that should be used to determine
when each recommended goal has been met.
6. Prepare a written report containing the committee's recommendations
and submit it to the Planning Committee co-chairs by December