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April 17-21, 2000

"Celebrating progress and illuminating the challenges and obstacles that still lie ahead"

During the week of April 17th, every individual, department and organization associated with UCLA will have the opportunity to participate in UCLA WOMEN 4 CHANGE - 2000.  This is an occasion to celebrate UCLA women’s presence, diversity, and achievements and to address as well the absences and challenges so persistent on this campus and in higher education.  Through a week-long series of events—including a women’s resource fair, a student festival, faculty symposia, and other occasions for dialogue and networking--the UCLA community will come together to honor women’s gains and to begin creating a campus agenda for further progress.

A group of UCLA women students, staff, faculty, and alumnae have come together to plan key events and coordinate the week’s events.  We encourage departments, offices, and organizations across campus to develop and sponsor activities focused on women and the issues confronting them as members of the UCLA community.   We welcome your ideas and your participation. 

(Listing as of 2/3/00)

Recognition of Women Student Leaders at UCLA
         April 17, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
A reception and ceremony will honor women students (graduate and undergraduate) who have made a real difference, both at UCLA and in the wider community.  Nominations for this award come from those in the UCLA community whose lives have been affected in concrete ways by UCLA women students and from those who are aware of the specific and substantial ways the students have affected UCLA and the wider community.  We are inviting a speaker who herself epitomizes the public service and effective community building by women that this ceremony celebrates. 

Women’s Resource Fair
        April 18, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Janss Plaza
The largest event of the week and targeted to UCLA staff women, the Resource Fair is expected to draw thousands of staff from every area of campus. The Fair features entertainment and crafts by UCLA staff women, information about community based organizations who address professional development, financial planning, tools for enhancing one's personal well-being, and a wide array of resources and merriment.

Women Graduate Fellowship Recipients
        April 18, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 
        Charles E. Young Grand Salon, Kerckhoff Hall
An event celebrating UCLA's stellar women graduate students and their
contributions to campus/community programs and to disciplinary fields of
study.  These women are recipients of prestigious fellowships for Master’s or Ph.D. studies.  Engaging in this tribute will be women faculty, alumni support groups, local Regents, and administrators who hold leadership positions at UCLA and in the University of California.  A reception will conclude the day.

Student Festival
        April 19, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Westwood Plaza
With activities geared toward the diverse student population at UCLA,  Westwood Plaza will come alive with local musical talent and dance ensembles and food booths.  Student organizations will have the opportunity to present information on opportunities for community involvement, campus leadership, and professional and other affinity groups.  In addition, students will participate interactively in addressing issues of women’s leadership and  role models.

Faculty Symposia on Gender Issues
        April 17-20, TBA
"Issues of Gender Equity for UCLA Faculty": UCLA professors Helen Astin and Linda Sax will lead a symposium on issues of gender equity among faculty at UCLA.  Using survey data collected from UCLA faculty, the  symposium will address differences and similarities among faculty men and women at UCLA, changes over the past decade, and comparisons to faculty men and women at campuses nationwide.  Related symposia, including one on women’s health issues and another on the future impact of the women’s movement, are being planned.

Women in the Sciences: Panel Presentation, Reception, and Art  Exhibit
        April 19, 2:00-6:00, Hacienda Room, Faculty Center
The Catalyst Mentorship Program and the Center for Academic & Research Excellence will offer a faculty panel presentation focusing on the 
joys and challenges of women in the sciences. An exhibit featuring the work of Artist-in-Residence Pamela Davis and a reception honoring women scientists will follow the panel presentation. All students are welcome.

Balancing Life as a Woman
        April 19, 7:00 p.m., TBA
In this session organized and moderated by students, a panel of professional women from diverse fields will examine the pressing issue of how women continue to resolve the often conflicting responsibilities of career and personal life.  Few topics have generated such debate as that of the “superwoman,” initially wife and mother, now often a professional woman balancing the many pressures and demands she confronts.  The panel will be followed by a networking reception offering women students the opportunity to meet and get to know professional women from the UCLA community.

Feminist Seder
        April 20, 12:00-2:00 p.m., TBA
An opportunity to experience a Passover Seder which will integrate women’s voices, contributions, poetry, and stories with the many traditional Jewish cultures of this holiday.  Whether people observe Passover annually or are interested in coming to their first Seder, this celebration of Jewish culture will be both educational and enriching.


Affiliated Event:

Imag(in)ing a Future: Women Students at UCLA – A Photographic Exhibit
        February 1 – March 15, Powell Library, UCLA;
        March 27, 28, University of Minnesota
This exhibit presents 100 photos of UCLA women students, who envision and themselves represent the future.  It focuses on women students as creative individuals and engaged members of the campus community.   For example, graduate students in MFA programs in film directing and dance are shown at work, producing films and presenting dance concerts with strong autobiograph-ical elements and incisive social commentary.

For information on how you can become involved or involve your unit in UCLA WOMEN 4 CHANGE - 2000, please contact Co-Chairs Carol Petersen, Frances Olsen, and Suzanne Seplow at women2000@saonet.ucla.edu.

Women’s Day USA Educates

The proposed project is called Women’s Day USA Educates.  This is the first step to incorporate International Women’s Day on March 8th into the school curriculum nationwide.  The United Nations has provided educational material to foster classroom discussion on important topics (Our Class Charter, To be Born a Girl, Saving Tomorrow’s World, Cleaner Ocean) catered to each class level in three languages (Spanish, French and English).  The School Kits created by the United Nations is a contribution to this effort for awareness and education.  Teachers and students are recommended to use "The Issues" section of the site in order to prepare for the Question and Answer with UN women.  For further information, see their website located at http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/days/women/index.html.  Also see section titled “United Nations School Kit”. 

In hopes of support from the State of California, County and/or local school districts, the project identified as Women’s Day USA Educates 1998 is to create a test pilot from the materials provided by the United Nations.  After the classroom discussion, teachers are encouraged to provide feedback for refinement of the project and to present data to the Department of Education for consideration.  Corporate Sponsors will be contacted for participation into the program to defer costs and/or provide an award to the most inspiring discussion/written information.  Women’s Day USA is committed to building awareness among corporations, schools, cultural institutions and other non-profit organizations, and efforts towards putting the holiday on the official calendar.

United Nations School Kit

As with any other educational activity, teaching about global issues carries an additional responsibility: to allow people to express their hopes for the world's future and enable them to act on those. If such opportunities are not offered to students, educators run the risk of creating generations of cynics and unaware, narrow-minded citizens—people both indifferent to the issues and powerless to act. The materials in the Kits on the United Nations are designed to provide knowledge and understanding but also to empower students. The materials are based on two assumptions. Firstly, that education matters and can make a difference to the quality of life of individuals. Secondly, that the cooperation of Member States within the structure of the UN is in our common interest and has the potential to make increasingly positive contributions in an interdependent world.