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Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia

Call for Participants: The Mentoring and Equity in Compensation and Support working group is looking for an additional member from the faculty, with particular interest in mentoring and networking. Contact Beth Jorgensen, the working group chair, for more information.

January 12, 2018

TO: The University of Rochester Community

On January 11, the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia met with Mary Jo White and the Trustees Special Committee to discuss the results of the independent investigation and their recommendations. Over the past few months, we have also heard from many members of the community about their own experiences.  Sexual harassment and misconduct are a systemic problem that has a lasting negative impact on individuals and communities.

We’re still in the process of reviewing the recommendations made by the independent investigation, but from our work so far, we know that at a minimum, the University needs to provide greater clarity about the resources and procedures that already exist, achieve greater balance between confidentiality and transparency, and strengthen policies that address sexual harassment and misconduct. In the coming weeks, you can expect more detailed recommendations from us about how to improve the handling of sexual harassment and misconduct at the University.

However, our charge is greater than these issues alone.  Sexual harassment will continue until we address the more expansive topic of gender equity.  As we stated in our charge, we are actively reviewing all University policies, procedures, and practices that contribute to a culture of gender inequity, such as compensation, support, hiring practices, and career advancement. We look forward to engaging further with the community on these issues in the coming months and encourage you to reach out using our feedback form to bring forward your suggestions for changes.

 


October 25, 2017

TO: The University of Rochester Community

We are pleased to announce the formation of the University of Rochester Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia. While the Commission was created at the recommendation of President Seligman, who has also agreed to provide us with staff and financial resources, it was selected and will function independently of the President’s Office and his administration. The commission includes faculty, students and trainees from across campuses and schools and will report directly to the University community as a whole.

While the formation of this commission was in response to the recent EEOC complaint, we will not be involved in any investigation of that matter.  Instead, we intend to conduct a broad review of the policies, procedures, and culture that affect women and LGBTQI individuals in the academic settings of the University. Our review will include the ample reports and recommendations prepared by previous commissions, and will gather any new information necessary to benchmark and identify best practices. Ultimately, we seek solutions, action, and accountability that will lead to a more inclusive and welcoming community in which all academic members may thrive.

Although the Commission members were selected directly by the academic communities that we represent, we recognize that we do not accurately represent the diversity of our community. We will make it a priority to ensure that our working groups, consultants, and advisors do represent the breadth of experience and perspectives of our community. Over the course of our work, we will engage the community directly, and welcome immediate feedback, input or recommendations by e-mail to any members of the commission, listed below.

For periodic updates, please continue to visit this website.

Meliora!

Amy L. Lerner, Ph.D. (co-chair) Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Antoinette Esce, (co-chair) Medical Student
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Mary Carey, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N. Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Nursing Research Center
School of Nursing

Katherine Ciesinski, MM, Artist Certificate, Professor of Voice
Eastman School of Music

Charlotte Collins, student, Winds, Brass and Percussion & Music Teaching and Learning
Eastman School of Music

Linh Dang, Ph.D. student, Educational Policy
Warner School of Education

Colleen O. Davis, M.D., MPH., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P., Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rachel Ellison, student, Public Health (Health, Behavior, and Society)
School of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Cercone Heavey, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Katrina Heyrana, M.D., Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Beth Jorgensen, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish; Chair, AS&E Board on Academic Honesty
School of Arts and Sciences

Almudena Escobar Lopez, Ph.D. student, Visual and Cultural Studies
School of Arts and Sciences

Karen Mackie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (clinical) of Counseling and Human Development
Warner School of Education

LaRon E. Nelson, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N, Assistant Professor and Dean’s Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities
School of Nursing

Laura Shum, Ph.D. student, Translational Biomedical Science
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Vera Tilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Operations Management
Simon Business School

Jacqueline Tran, B.A. student of Anthropology, minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
School of Arts and Sciences

Shirlene Wade, Ph.D. student, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
School of Arts & Sciences