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President's Council on Women
Summary of Proceedings of August 31 Retreat
Submitted September 2000


The mission of this Council is to serve the interests of women students and employees of The University of Maine, as determined from data gathered by the Council; and to be a catalyst for change and a voice for UMaine women. The Council also serves in an advisory role to the President to recommend policies and suggest strategies for achieving change.

Specifically, The Council Will:

Provide information for the purpose of educating, sensitizing, and raising the awareness of students, faculty and staff, including department heads, directors and top administrators. During the academic year 2000-2001, this information will relate specifically to the council's three focus areas: outreach, health care for women students, and climate as it relates to retention of women students, faculty and staff.

Initiate and join efforts with areas, programs and offices of (though not exclusively) student affairs, life-long learning, equal opportunity, women's studies and women in the curriculum, ethnic studies, and the women's resource center in fulfilling its mission.

Submit annual reports and budget requests, before the end of the fiscal year that precede the one for which funds are needed, to the President of The University of Maine.

The Council's Strength

The Council draws its strength from (a) its multi-layered, multi-disciplinary membership of faculty, staff, students, chairs and directors of offices and programs; (b) its history through three University of Maine presidential administrations and (c) its budgetary allocation. The Council also draws strength from its enormous potential for raising its visibility on campus and establishing a programming track record--assisted by an annual budget and backed by the Office of the University President--that supports its mission.

The Council's Vision Over Three Years

During the retreat, Council members began discussing a vision for the Council for the next three years. These ideas can be summarized as follows:

Standardize a procedure and format for drafting measurable objectives, designing strategic action plans to address these objectives, and reporting to the president.

Raise the visibility of the Council throughout the U-Maine campus.

Strive to increase the number of women students and faculty in underrepresented areas; e.g. there are 21 depts. with at least 75% men on the faculty.

See a measurable increase in the impact of the Council's work & recommendations

Over One Year

The Council's sub-committees on outreach, health, and climate provide the basic development tools for beginning to realize the three-year vision and fulfill the mission of the Council. These groups meet frequently to develop specialized goals and work within a time frame for achieving these goals. Sub-committees will report and receive feedback at regularly scheduled Council meetings. Sub-committees may also plan educational/informational programs for the Council and the campus community.



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