From the Director

CEW is excited to be embarking upon several new strategic priorities and this issue of the CEW Newsletter provides an overview of some of these initiatives.

CEW continues to build opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students by providing meaningful and engaging learning experiences that allow them to enhance skill building in their respective disciplines. Supporting the academic mission of the University is a critical CEW role. Our article on Pam Watson’s experience as a School of Social Work counseling intern provides a personal account of how the students who work with us at CEW combine classroom learning with experience. CEW also supports students through our scholarship program, now featuring a new graduate student fellowship funded by Menakka and Essel Bailey.

Collaborations with other University units as well as with our community partners ensure that CEW’s work is enhanced and expanded. Through our support of the Women of Color Task Force, CEW is instrumental in bringing nationally recognized leaders in higher education, such as Dr. Johnnetta Cole, to speak to the campus community. In this issue, we share highlights of her WCTF Conference keynote speech.

Another collaborative effort highlighted in this issue is our newest funded project, which involves partner units here at U-M, at other Michigan campuses, and in the community. This unique convening of professionals who deal with sexual assault of college students will advance both discourse and practice in this area of service to college students as well as institutional policy development.

By enhancing the experiences of women faculty and staff, CEW continues to assist the University to prepare and retain the leaders and the best. You will also read about an innovative new program for women of color faculty and postdoctoral fellows developed by the Women of Color in the Academy Project.

In all of our activities, CEW maintains its focus on inclusion and addressing the career and educational needs of overlapping campus groups: namely, women staff and faculty of color, as well as nontraditional students and students of color. Our strategic priorities for the year ahead focus on providing meaningful experiences that will propel their skill-building, working with other partners to conduct this work collectively, and providing opportunities, whenever possible, to advance their leadership capacity. Take a look for yourself to see how you might lend a hand or benefit from what we have
to offer.

Gloria D. Thomas, Ph.D.