President Lee T. Todd Jr. created the commission and, at the Sept. 18 meeting of the UK
Board of Trustees, named Carolyn S. Bratt, the W.L. Matthews Professor of Law in the
College of Law, as its chairperson.
equity at UK is not option. We must make our work environment supportive and fair for
everyone," Todd said. "We must have a priority on getting information about the
environment for and success of our female employees. The recent report by the Ad-Hoc
Committee on Women showed us there is room to improve. I hope this commission will guide
us in how do that."
the past month, Todd and Bratt have discussed the commissions charge and membership.
In early October, 19 UK faculty, staff and students were selected to round out the
been at UK for 27 years, and weve never had this kind of support to address the
issues and challenges facing women at the university, Bratt said. To have a
commission at the presidential level is very exciting and promising. It shows that the
University is willing to recognize that there are problems and commit resources to
who had previously served with several other commission members on the universitys
Ad-Hoc Committee on Women, said the commission will have many advantages over the
committee and will build on the work of the committee, including its spring 2001 report on
the Status of Women at UK.
not going to be the place to resolve individual complaints, she said. Well
be looking for institutional impediments and the kinds of things that we need to do to
make women full participants in the University community. With data from the 1988 and 2001
Ad-Hoc Committee reports, we have a wonderful starting place. We can see trends some good, some bad.
commission also will work hand-in-hand with the soon-to-be formed Commission on Diversity.
The two commissions will share space in Gillis Building offices and will assist each other
in gathering and reviewing data.
Commission on Women officially begins its work on Oct. 31, meeting as a group to hear its
charge from President Todd. Monthly meetings are being planned for the full commission,
and subcommittees are being planned that will likely meet more often, Bratt said. A
half-day retreat and campus forums also are being planned to orient the commission and
gather input from the campus community.
about the commission, including meeting schedules, will be posted on a Web site being
created. To contact the commission, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
of the Commission on Women
S. Bratt, Law, chairperson
J. Scollay, Education
M. Nora, Medicine
A. Harley, Education
M. Johnson, Behavioral Sciences
Hurley, University Health Service
Guerrant, Research Assessment
T. Lach, Medicine Dean's Office
P. Sohner, Academic Ombud Services
M. Allen, Custodial Services
Billings, Arts and Sciences
P. Bieber, Education
J. Kilpatrick, WUKY
Myree, Graduate Student
Sahni, Undergraduate Student
Shirazi, Professional Student
C. Callahan, Women's Studies
C. Kwolek, Women's Health Center
Caldwell, Women's Forum