UWP Women's Council revitalized

June 30, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Women's issues at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will take on new life with an intensive effort to revitalize the Women's Council.

The council, which has formerly dealt primarily with affirmative action and sexual assault awareness issues, will now head in a different and more comprehensive direction.

UWP has an aggressive approach to affirmative action and sexual assault awareness, which grew out of the original Women's Council, said Provost and Vice Chancellor Carol Sue Butts.

The Women's Council, which has been dormant for the past five years, will be more proactive and positive, said Butts, focusing on ways to recognize and support women.

The revitalization, which Butts and others have worked on for the past 18 months will get underway this fall with events to heighten awareness and promotional activities, said Butts.

"Our membership has broadened and our duties have been clarified," said Butts.

The enhanced membership includes representation from health services, Women's Greek Council, residence hall council, classified staff, affirmative action, sexual assault awareness and the UWP Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance.

Individuals involved include directors of the women's studies program, Patricia A. Doyle Women's Center, intercollegiate athletics, women in science and engineering program, student senate women's issues and the Business, Industry Life Science and Agriculture Equity and Diversity Committee.

"I'm really excited about revitalizing the council," said Butts. "This is such a positive direction and we are all looking forward to great things coming out of this."

Objectives of the Women's Council include identifying and advocating university-wide women's issues, networking with appropriate committees and recognizing and promoting accomplishments and contributions of women.

Women's Center Director Pat Foster said, "I think it's an excellent effort and the involvement is a cross-section of participants. This will benefit everyone."

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