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Women's center being considered at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2005) -- Ohio University Student Senate has developed proposals twice over the last three years for the establishment of a women's center at Ohio University.

The first, led by then-president Katherine Smith in 2002-03, motivated former Ohio University President Robert Glidden to set aside office space in Lindley Hall.

This fall, Student Senate Women's Affairs Commissioner Linsey Pecikonis and colleagues took the lead to dust off and update the proposal for current Ohio University President Roderick McDavis.

In the intervening year, 2003-04, a call for a women’s center also emerged as a result of the university's Task Force on Inclusiveness and Equality, a yearlong examination of cultural climate on campus. The final report of the Task Force can be found on the Office of the Provost's Web site, located at www.ohio.edu/provost.  

While plans for a women’s center space were carried over into the new university center development, no funding has yet been identified. President McDavis worked with interim Provost Kathy Krendl and Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Sostarich to establish a task force.

Chaired by Associate Dean of Students Merle Graybill, the group of students, faculty, staff and community members has been charged with examining the need for a women’s center and will make recommendations to the university about mission, goals, programs, staffing and budget. The task force report will be completed by spring quarter.

Campus and community input is welcome. To share your thoughts about the issue, visit www.ohio.edu/yourworld/contact.cfm.  

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Media Contact: Associate Dean of Students Merle Graybill, 593-4028

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