Women's Caucus Meeting

Monday, February 8, 1999

Elizabeth Shanton, Associate Director of Financial Aid, spoke to the Caucus about UMOJA, which is a support group for minority female students, though not restrictive.

She stated that students approach minority faculty/staff because they are more visible to the female minority students.

Discussion followed with the following points:

  • Students may deal with unique issues unrelated to those things where the Women's Caucus or Multicultural Services would help.
  • Through confiding in UMOJA members, the students have another arm of communication with the campus.
  • UMOJA is a support group for female students which involves many issues, one of which is the social side of campus life.
  • Some issues that were mentioned were the need for more specialized hair products, information on religious services in the area, and Bible study on campus.
  • It's good that UMOJA is meeting some needs directly and can perhaps refer the students to areas which can best meet their other concerns.

    The Caucus expressed appreciation to Ms. Shanton's for the history of UMOJA's origin and offered its support in any activity the group sponsors.

    Chris Lundberg discussed the draft of the letter of support for the Caucus-sponsored event, "Take Your Daughters to Work Day." The main target group is young women who are high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors. There was mention of students in middle schools but, to our knowledge, only the high school students are allowed an excused absence from school on that day.

    Anna Mary Walsh mentioned some departments who have volunteered to be a part of this day are the Health Center; Wellness Center; and Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

    Marie Carter will meet with Dr. Dunlop to see if a letter of support from him could precede the Caucus's announcement of the event to the college community.

    Marie Carter stated that there are five VPFA candidates. Interviews will begin on February 23rd with a similar format that of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

    February 15th Forum on Race Relations on Shepherd's Campus in Reynolds Hall at 7:00 p.m.

    Feb. 23rd: Working Women Building Confidence and Self-Esteem at Martinsburg's Holiday Inn 8:15-3:45 p.m. Those staff members who wish to attend may request funding through the Staff Development Fund (Chair: Johnette Jackson, Ext. 5341)

    NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 8th at noon in the Cumberland Room of the College Center.

    Agenda items: Contact Anna Mary Walsh, Facilitator for '98-'99 academic year.

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