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Initiative on the Status of
Women in the UW System

Initiative on the Status of
Women at UW-Green Bay

Status of Women on the
UW-Green Bay Campus

Identified Needs and
Proposed Action Steps

Committee Recommendations

Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix IIa

Appendix III

Appendix IIIa

Appendix IIIb

Appendix IV

Identified Needs and Proposed
Action Steps - Part 2

- Work with degree programs to ensure the inclusion of materials that relate to women, women of color, and LGBT people into the curriculum where appropriate.

- Address the needs of existing students who qualify for but are not accepted into enrollment capped programs such as the Education program.

- Increase outreach and access to financial aid information for economically disadvantaged female students. This could be accomplished by increasing student internships and volunteer opportunities.

- Collaborate with the implementation of goal number four of the Campus Diversity 2008 Plan: "Increase the amount of non-loan based financial aid available to needy students."

- Identify alternative forms of "family" housing through Residence Life as a way of making educational opportunities more accessible to women with families.

- Ensure that the initiatives for female students, outlined in Campus Life for the 21st Century, are adequately met through the provision of facilities and the development of social, recreational and fitness programs (University Union and Dining, Sports Center, Intramurals, Student Life and Organizations).

- Include information on programs, services and extracurricular activities specific to women, women of color and LGBT people in marketing and recruitment publications.

Needs Statement Three:
UW-Green Bay needs a learning and working environment conducive to balancing work and personal life.

As women take the greater responsibility in care for dependents, balancing work and personal life for women frequently involves the need to employ alternative care options. The following action steps address the University's role in assisting students and employees with family care issues.

Proposed Action Steps:

- Provide access to affordable high-quality childcare that must accommodate part-time flexibility and have a child development focus. UW-Green Bay will work with UW System, other UW campuses and existing campus initiatives to address this childcare issue.

- Ensure that orientation programs for faculty, staff and students, and campus publications include information on childcare availability.

- Identify an office to serve as a clearinghouse through which faculty, staff and students can obtain information regarding the care of dependent family members such as: children, persons with mental or physical disabilities or the elderly.

- Ensure that all University employees are informed about the Family Medical Leave Assistance Act.

- Assess the current EAP program and explore various EAP models in light of the needs identified through this initiative.

Needs Statement Four:
UW-Green Bay needs a respectful and supportive climate for all people, particularly women, women of color, and LGBT people.

Women, women of color, and LGBT people report experiencing a climate in which harassment and hostility are tolerated. The lack of a centralized service for issues pertaining to gender and lifestyle is addressed in the following action steps.

Proposed Action Steps:

- Redefine the campus definition of difference and diversity to include sexual orientation. This definition should be incorporated into faculty/staff retreats, orientation programs for faculty, staff and students, recruitment and marketing publications, and into all campus initiatives.

- Require education on the issues of: discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, violence, civility, and tolerance, alcohol and other drug abuse and consensual relationships. This should be done to maximize prevention, minimize reactionary measures and to encourage reporting of policy violations.

- Provide formal support for the S.A.F.E. Program as an effort to create a respectful and supportive climate for all people, particularly women, women of color, and LGBT people.

- Include "domestic partner" on all campus documents and forms requesting information on family marital status and gender.

- Develop a center within the division of Student Services that would serve as the primary liaison, advocate and clearinghouse for issues, education and programs pertaining to gender and life-style. This would include a "virtual" service via the UW-Green Bay Web site that would provide links to information and sites pertaining to policies, procedures, departments, and individuals dealing with issues important to the needs of women, women of color, and LGBT people on campus.

- Develop and support networking groups, student organizations, and social opportunities for women, women of color, and LGBT people on campus.

- Assess and expand as needed current partnerships with community organizations that provide services to women, women of color, and LGBT people.

- Work to improve safety education while maintaining the current high level of campus-wide safety practices.

- Recommend that a more formal safety escort program be researched and implemented.

- Develop a formal policy and procedure regarding electronic or digital harassment such as campus e-mail.

- Evaluate staffing needs within the Counseling and Health Center to ensure a gender balance that supports the campus gender demographics.

- Include a climate assessment item on appropriate data collection tools such as The Graduating Senior Survey and Alumni Survey.

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