UMass Amherst to Participate in Teleconference on Shaping an Agenda for Women in Higher Education

AMHERST, Mass. - On March 27-29, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will participate in a national teleconference, "Women''s Lives, Women''s Voices, Women''s Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education."

The teleconference, which is being hosted by the University of Minnesota, will begin March 27 with a keynote speech by former UMass faculty member and administrator Johnnetta Cole, now Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women''s Studies, and African American Studies at Emory University. A moderated panel discussion of that presentation will follow.

The teleconference will be broadcast in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center from 1-3 p.m., after which a panel of UMass deans and others will discuss implications for the Amherst campus.

On March 28, the teleconference will include caucus sessions on such issues as Leadership; Partnership and Outreach; Teaching, Learning, and Research; Public Policy and Law, including Title IX; and Work Environment Concerns, including Sexual Harassment. Caucus sessions will be held in the Campus Center from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

The teleconference will conclude on March 29 in the Mullins Center with a broadcast panel discussion of "Women''s Solutions: Setting a National Agenda for the 21st Century" that will synthesize feedback from caucus sessions conducted at UMass and other sites around the nation.

Local broadcast and participation in the teleconference is sponsored in part by the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women. All events are free and open to the public.