UCLA WOMEN 4
WOMEN'S DAY USA
UCLA WOMEN 4 CHANGE 2000
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 womens
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
eventsincluding a womens resource fair, a student festival, faculty symposia,
and other occasions for dialogue and networking--the UCLA community will come together to
honor womens 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 weeks 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.
UCLA WOMEN 4 CHANGE 2000
APRIL 17-21: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(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.
Womens Resource Fair
April 18, 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m., Janss
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 Masters 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.
April 19, 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Westwood
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
womens 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 womens health issues and another on the future impact of
the womens movement, are being planned.
Women in the Sciences: Panel Presentation, Reception,
and Art Exhibit
April 19, 2:00-6:00, Hacienda Room, Faculty
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.
April 20, 12:00-2:00 p.m., TBA
An opportunity to experience a Passover Seder which will integrate womens 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
Imag(in)ing a Future: Women Students at UCLA A
February 1 March 15, Powell Library,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Womens Day USA Educates
The proposed project is called Womens Day USA
Educates. This is the first step to incorporate International Womens 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 Tomorrows 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 Womens 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.
Womens 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 citizenspeople 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.