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CFWG Update From President Noelle Cockett

Dear campus community,

Information beginning to circulate is leading to some unfortunate misunderstandings about the important work of the Center for Women and Gender and, more broadly, about the university’s long-term commitment to our students, to our faculty and to women on campus, in particular.

I’m writing today to make it clear: I have no intention of stepping back from this university’s firmly ingrained institutional commitment to addressing issues of gender equity and inclusion on campus. In fact, with help from many people both across campus and beyond, we have expanded our efforts in those areas already. Following a careful and comprehensive study period, we have decided to restructure our gender studies programs in a way that will leave in place the important mission of the center while at the same time actually broadening and strengthening our commitment.

Our goal is to re-invigorate the university’s efforts and provide an even broader and more impactful focus on issues of gender.

Details are not yet settled, and that’s why I haven’t announced anything publicly. But any changes, without fail, will ensure that the commitments the center has made to students will be honored and that any modifications will actually expand student academic options and opportunities for faculty research.

I will publicly announce these exciting changes later this summer once the many details are finalized.

At this point I can tell you with certainty that our commitment to this topic is unwavering, deeply rooted and still broadening. We appreciate the leadership Dr. Ann Austin has provided and all that the Center for Women and Gender has accomplished; and, as the existing center and structure are phased out this summer to allow for our new approach, we look forward to expanding that impact even further.

Many people have helped guide the center in efforts that have been both highly significant and very much appreciated.

I look forward to the announcement to come and to solidifying even further our commitment to addressing issues of women and gender.



Noelle Cockett,