Our Successes

2017-2018 

To date, during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Women’s Council organized, hosted, and/or sponsored a number of professional development programs designed specifically for women in academic, administrative, and classified staff positions. The programming included:

  • July – Organizational Change and Gender Equity in the Academy (Dr. Latimer)
  • August – New Faculty Orientation (hosted table)
  • September – Women’s Council Welcome Mixer
  • October – Shifting Landscape of Gender (LGBTQ)
  • November – Advancing STEM Women of Color (Dr. Moore)
  • February – Women’s Council Annual Membership Meeting
  • March – Panel Presentation/Discussion: Phenomenal Women (co-sponsored)
  • April – Lecture: Operationalizing Intersectionality in the Academy (Dr. Kimberle
    Crenshaw) (co-sponsored)
  • April – Bring Your Child to Work Day
  • May – Celebrating Our Successes Luncheon
  • June – NEW Leadership Nevada (co-sponsored)

Also during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Women’s Council continued to advocate and support women on campus through a variety of actions. These actions included:

  • Disseminated COACHE results
  • Submitted NSF ADVANCE proposal to National Science Foundation, i.e., facilitated campus-wide faculty research effort to gather data, identified problems, and formulated recommendations
  • Worked with Provost’s Task Force on Compensation to develop university policy and process for salary equity adjustments
  • Submitted Dual Career process proposal to Provost
  • Submitted Academic Faculty Equity Study analysis to Provost; ongoing
  • Submitted “Stop the clock” policy recommendations
  • Made recommendations for improvements to campus safety procedures and communications to President’s Advisory Council
  • Increased the number of changing tables on campus in both male, female and gender neutral restrooms
  • Facilitated an increase in number of campus lactation rooms and their use
  • Developed a Spotlight program to highlight and recognize UNLV women and their contributions to the campus, their profession, and the community at-large.

2016-2017

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Women’s Council organized, hosted, and/or sponsored a number of professional development programs designed specifically for women in academic, administrative, and classified staff positions. The programming included:

  • August – New Faculty Orientation (hosted table)
  • September – Women’s Council Welcome Mixer
  • October – Co-sponsored Gender Watch in the 2016 Presidential Campaign
  • February – Women’s Council Membership Meeting
  • March – Best Practices in Hiring, Promotion, and Retention (Dr. Abigail Stewart)
  • April – Trauma Stewardship: Caring for Self While Caring for Others (Felicia Thomas – book event)
  • April – Bring Your Child to Work Day
  • May – Celebrating Our Successes
  • June – Co-sponsored National Education for Women’s Leadership Nevada Summer Institute

Also during the 2016-2017 academic year, the Women’s Council continued to advocate and support women on campus through a variety of actions. These actions included:

  • COACHE survey – Collected data; conducted open forums to discuss results; created strategic groups to address findings
  • NSF ADVANCE – Prepared for second grant submission, i.e., facilitated campus-wide faculty research effort to gather data and identify problems
  • Career Equity Review (CER) – Submitted proposal for academic and administrative faculty CER process to Provost
  • Dual Career process – Submitted proposal to Provost
  • Academic Faculty Salary – Submitted gender equity analysis to Provost
  • Faculty Annual Achievement Report – TAnalyzed data; drafted report Created a Parent's Resource Guide
  • Increased the number of changing tables on campus in both male, female and gender neutral restrooms
  • Expanded and monitored campus lactation rooms
  • Advocated for campus units that specifically focus on women and gender (Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Gender and Sexuality Studies, etc.)

2015-2016

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Women's Council organized, hosted, and/or sponsored a number of professional development programs designed specifically for women in academic, administrative, and classified staff positions. This programming included:

  • June 9, 2016 – New Leadership Nevada Keynote Dinner Featuring Dr. Kate Zhong
  • May 5, 2016 - “Celebrating Our Successes”
  • April 28, 2016 - “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” Group Lunch
  • March 31, 2016 - “Domestic Violence and Native Women: Reauthorizing the Violence against Women Act”
  • March 8, 2016 – NSHE “Status of Women in Nevada” Conference
  • February 11, 2016 – Women’s Council Annual Membership Meeting
  • October 27, 2015 – “Uncovering Inattentional Blindness and Unconscious Bias”
  • September 24, 2015 – “Enhancing Opportunities for Women and Under-Represented Minority Faculty: The NSF ADVANCE IT Program” Meeting

Also during the 2015-2016 academic year, the Women’s Council continued to advocate and support women on campus through a variety of actions. These actions included:

  • Participated and other faculty prepared and submitted a grant proposal for the NSF Institutional Transformation Catalyst funding opportunity: UNLV Faculty Warehouse for Equity. Although the proposal was not funded, a revised proposal is being developed.
  • Proposed and gained membership in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) faculty satisfaction survey.
  • Researched, developed and provided to Provost Committee suggested process for dual-career couples in the form of Dual Career Hiring Assistance and Process documents.
  • Collected data and currently developing standardized process for flexible work arrangements (temporal flexibility) to be submitted to Provost Office.
  • Facilitated access to UNLV full-time, tenure or tenure-track faculty salary data to be analyzed for equity and other important variables by the co-chair of the Women’s Council.
  • Attending UNLV Women in Stem Discussion Group meetings and presented Women and Work: Initiatives for Improvement.
  • Advocated for campus units that specifically focus on women and gender (Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, Gender and Sexuality Studies, etc.)
  • Supported initiatives that advance women’s personal and professional development, such as support of the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Nevada Summer Institute.
  • Provided enhanced networking through communication with a new Women’s Council brochure that was disseminated widely, a revised and expanded website, and a marketing kit for special events.
  • Created a UNLV Families website (with map of lactation rooms and changing tables) and social media presence
  • Worked with Facilities to install changing tables in six new spaces around campus.
  • Advocated for and received commitment from Facilities that all new buildings and renovated bathrooms will include a changing table in both female and male restrooms or family restrooms
  • Maintained all lactation rooms
  • Requested and received assistance from the Ombuds Office in collection of policies/practices on equity review/request from universities across the country
  • Evaluated these policies/practices, as well as UNLV’s existing policies/practices, on equity review/requests
  • Developed a proposed new set of policies/procedures for UNLV academic and administrative faculty
  • Strengthen success of events using assessment tools and consider different formats, locations, and times
  • Advocated for the inclusion of more women presenters in the Barrick Lecture Series

2014-2015

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Women’s Council organized, hosted, and/or sponsored a number of professional development programs designed specifically for women in academic, administrative, and classified staff positions.

  • March 11, 2015 – NSHE “Status of Women in Nevada” Meeting
  • Feb. 10, 2015 – Women’s Council Annual Membership Meeting
  • Nov. 25, 2014 - "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Engineering Progress for Women in Academia"
  • Sept. 9, 2014 – “Women’s Health Issues: Medical, Legal, Economic & Public Health Perspectives”
  • April 9, 2014 – “Negotiation Strategies for Women - A Presentation and Practical Scenarios”
  • March 7, 2014 – “Our Daughter’s Keepers – A Look at Child Trafficking in Southern Nevada”
  • Feb. 13, 2014 – “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - A Guided Exploration and Open Discussion

Also during the 2014-2015 academic year, the Women’s Council continued to advocate and support women on campus through a variety of actions. These actions included:

  • Publishing the Women’s Council website
  • Continued advocacy for campus units specifically related to women
  • Support for The National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant for the advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines and university transformation supporting diversity and inclusion
  • Ongoing work with the UNLV/CSUN Preschool as it launched the two-year pilot program expanding the preschool’s services to year-round
  • Support for the Graduate College Dean to develop a policy on parental leave for graduate assistants
  • Beginning the development of a website specifically for UNLV families
  • Continued efforts to expand the number of lactation rooms on campus, identify the locations, and increase the number of changing stations and high chairs available for use on campus
  • Provided campus women with a voice in the selection of the new UNLV President
  • Being a strong proponent of a quality Campus Climate study, including the timely dissemination of the results.

2013-2014

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Women’s Council contracted with the Cannon Survey Center to conduct a much-needed Childcare Needs Assessment Survey. The Survey assessed the childcare needs and identified key priorities, barriers, and work-life balance issues faced by the UNLV campus community. Almost two thousand UNLV students and academic, administrative, and classified staff members completed the Survey. The Women’s Council supported and recommended:

  • The hiring, promotion, and retention of women and other individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups, especially in academic and administrative positions with low numbers of women;
  • The establishment of pipeline programs for women at all levels who seek leadership roles;
  • The provision of education for senior administrators on skill building, mentoring, and sponsorship of women and members of other underrepresented groups;
  • The identification and analysis of disparate rates of promotion and tenure of female versus male faculty;
  • The posting of announcements regarding open campus positions (including open academic, administrative, and classified staff positions) well in advance of hiring decisions
  • The review and analysis of diversity hiring plans, including a review of which UNLV schools and departments completed diversity hiring plans, the results of these diversity hiring plans, the discovery of best practices relating to diversity hiring plans, and campus-wide training on how to use diversity hiring plans
  • Ongoing sexual harassment training for all members of the campus community; and
  • A Campus Climate Survey process that allows substantive and procedural input from relevant campus groups.