WMU News

Teleconference to determine agenda

March 9, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a two-day national teleconference on Monday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 29, that will identify and explore key issues for women in higher education and develop a national action agenda for the 21st century.

The real-time teleconference, "Women's Lives, Women's Voices, Women's Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education," is part of a national conference that will take place simultaneously at the University of Minnesota. The conference and satellite teleconference will provide a forum for women and men in higher education across the country to:

explore ways to access women's talents by building on the strengths of their diversity, breaking down barriers and creating campus environments that allow all people to work to their full potential;

The teleconference will include three sessions over two days. All sessions will take place in 208 Bernhard Center and are free and open to all members of the campus community. Individuals may choose to participate in any or all sessions.

The first session will be broadcast from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 27. It will be followed by a caucus that will discuss and develop recommended strategies and solutions for improving campus climates for all women in higher education.

Feedback from the caucus groups will form the foundation for an agenda that will be presented and discussed by a second panel of eight women leaders in higher education during the second teleconference broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

WMU's participation in the teleconference is being organized by Linda Lumley, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, and Gwen Raaberg, Center for Women's Studies. For more information, call Lumley at 616 387-2995.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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