Commission on Women and Gender Equity

Mission

As directed by the University of Minnesota' s 1988 Minnesota Plan II, the Commission on Women and Gender Equity at the University of Minnesota, Morris, seeks to strengthen the entire
community by improving the campus climate for all women and gender minority faculty, staff, and students, in order to create a campus working and learning environment that is respectful, inclusive, and productive.

Our Goals

  • To promote dialogue on issues relevant to women's and gender equity;
  • To challenge norms, values, and attitudes that demean or devalue women and gender minorities while supporting constructive change;
  • To encourage faculty, staff, and administration to provide humane working and learning environments for all members of the campus community;
  • To promote fair treatment of women and gender minorities in all areas of academic and campus life, including instruction, hiring, mentoring, evaluation, promotion, and awards/recognition; and
  • To recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of UMM women and gender minorities.

We pursue these goals by

  • Enhancing and supporting the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program (which includes both a major and minor);
  • Holding three advisory board meetings during the academic year and summarizing happenings to the campus community
  • Representing the Commission on Women in campus governance to include Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty and P & A Affairs Committee:
  • Awarding grant monies for and co-sponsoring activities and events that support the Commission's mission, according to established criteria and guidelines;
  • Collaborating with administration and campus stakeholders to research and formulate policy proposals that promote a supportive working and learning environment for women and gender minorities;
  • Gaining feedback from campus constituents regarding campus climate
  • Biennially reviewing the Salary, Workload/Service, and Backfill reports.

Membership

The board consists of up to 12 members who are on a two-year appointment with representation as follows:

  • 2–4 Faculty (Each division will have one reserved seat. Divisions have the choice to opt out of filling their reserved seats in any given year.)
  • 1–3 USA Staff (AFSCME clerical/technical staff, Civil Service employees, and Teamsters will each have one reserved seat. Each group has the choice to opt out of filling their reserved seat any given year.)
  • 1–2 Professional & Administrative Staff
  • LGBTQIA2S+ Programs Coordinator
  • 1–2 Students (priority will be given to at least one student parent)

Terms are staggered to provide a mix of new and returning members. Terms are renewable for a maximum of four consecutive years of service, after which a two-year break is required before returning to the board.

Faculty

Angela Hume
Sara Lam
Kara Nell
Heather Peters

USA

Jenna Ray

P&A

Kerri Barnstuble
Kellie Meehlhause

LGBTQIA2S+ Programs Coordinator

Adrienne Conley

Students

Stephanie Berg
Lauren Solkowski

Get Involved

Your personal support of women's issues is critical. The advisory board wants to work with you to identify and prepare for the ever-changing role of women in our society. To do so, you can:

  • Take a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies class
  • Attend sponsored events to learn more about women's issues
  • Indicate your interest in serving on the advisory board to a current member
  • Utilize programs and services supported by Commission on Women and Gender Equity activities
  • Serve on a Commission on Women and Gender Equity sub-committee focusing on an issue of interest
  • Speak with board members about issues you would like to see addressed (e.g. pay equity, women and sports)
  • Apply for a Commission on Women and Gender Equity tuition grant to attend a seminar or develop a campus initiative (student, staff and faculty grants available)