Women of Color Task Force

Mae Jemison, WCTF keynote speaker, March 7, 2014


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WCTF Events

The Women of Color Task Force is a staff organization, founded in 1979 at the University of Michigan, that provides professional development opportunities for employees. For more than 30 years, the Task Force has served as a forum for the exchange of information about the status of women of color staff at the University of Michigan and as a focal point for action necessary for the resolution of their concerns.


Any University of Michigan employee is eligible for membership in the Task Force if she or he is an active, regular staff, faculty, research fellow, or retiree. The Task Force encourages the participation of individuals from all University of Michigan departments and units who wish to promote the professional and personal development of women of color staff.  2013-2014 WCTF members

The 2013-2014 Executive Team is Charlotte Young Bowens, Gwen Brown, Marlanna Landeros, Latreece Taylor, and Janice Reuben, WCTF Program Coordinator.

General Membership Meetings

Women of Color Task Force meetings are held every other Thursday at 12 noon at Palmer Commons, 6th Floor in Boardroom 5.  Please contact WCTF Coordinator Janice Reuben at 734.764.6331 to confirm dates or email Janice at reubenjs@umich.edu. 

WCTF Meetings Schedule, Fall 2013 - Summer 2014:

Please note that WCTF meetings are held at Palmer Commons in Boardroom 5 on the 6th floor, from 12:00-1:00pm, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Bullying in the Workplace presentation (by Marlanna Landeros) Palmer Commons, Boardroom 5
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - "Advancing Your Career" and recruiting and retaining staff of color (by T. Sha Duncan Smith)

The Founder's Room, 4322 North Quad (located in the UMSI Dean's office) 

Note location change!!

August 7, 2013 -  Leadership Development Seminar (All day) -  for WCTF members & their guests only Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North
August 8, 2013 -  Career Development Passport Pilot Session -  Network Mapping, 9:30 am - 11:30 am  Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North
September 19, 2013 - Executive Team Mtg - open to all members Palmer Commons, Boardroom 5
Thursday, September 26, 2013 (Cancelled!!) - rescheduled for October 10
Palmer Commons, Boardroom 5
Thursday, October 10, 2013 
Palmer Commons, Boardroom 4

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Meeting w/ Laurita Thomas, AVP for HR

(For WCTF members only - Please RSVP to Janice Reuben by Friday, Oct 4).

Michigan Union -  Kuenzel Room, 1st Floor

(For WCTF members only - Please RSVP to Janice Reuben by Friday, Oct 4).

Friday, November 8, 2013 - MI ACE Women of Color Collaborative Luncheon

Oakland University, Meadowbrook Mansion, 480 S. Adams Road, Rochester, MI  48309

Thursday, November 21, 2013 -Leadership Development workshop (Dr. Chanel F. DeGuzman)

Boardroom 5

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Executive Team Mtg

CEW main conference room

Friday, December 13, 2013 - WCTF Holiday Party (WCTF Members ONLY), 12-1:30 pm

CEW main conference room ( 2 hours of free parking at the underground Repulic Parking lot behind CEW will be provided.)
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - WCTF General meeting (Executive Team Mtg, 1-1:30 pm)  Boardroom 5
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, February 6, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, February 27, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Prep for WCTF Conference Michigan League
Friday, March 7, 2014 - WCTF Annual Career Conference Michigan League
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Conference Debriefing Session  (Executive Team Mtg, 1-1:30 pm) Palmer Commons
Thursday, April 3, 2014 Boardroom 5
Thursday, May 15, 2014   Boardroom 5
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Executive Team Mtg, 12-1:00 pm CEW
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Boardroom 5


Career & Personal Development Workshops

The Task Force offers career development workshops for its members. These sessions cover topics in the following areas: career development, project management, leadership development, health & wellness, and work-life balance.

Staff Mentoring

The Task Force believes that creating opportunities to share experiences and exchange knowledge fosters professional success and personal excellence. In order to produce those opportunities and conduits for sharing, the Task Force provides mentoring to its members.

The goals of the program are to:
Promote leadership development and increase professional skills & specific competencies, provide information and direction to identify and achieve career goals; and establish a network of support services for staff.

Woman of the Year Awards Program

The Task Force implemented a second major program initiative in 1986 - the Woman of the Year Awards Program. This program is designed to honor women of color staff and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership (outstanding service as a project leader, administrator, or peer leader), human relations (improved group dynamics within the University community, at the unit level or beyond) and community relations.

In 2011, the awards were renamed in honor of the two founders of the Task Force: the Beulah Sanders Stafford Leadership Award and the Jennie Partee Human Relations Award.

A Task Force selection committee reviews the nominations submitted by the deans, department chairs, and directors of academic and research units to determine the winners of the leadership and human relations awards. The Rebecca A. Vaughn Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon a Task Force member for exemplary service and dedication. Nominations for each award category are accepted from October to February each year, and the winners are announced during the opening session of the annual career conference. Download the award criteria and nomination form. (PDF and MSWord files)

View past awardees.

For more information about the Women of Color Task Force, please contact Janice Reuben, WCTF Program Coordinator, at 734.764.6331, or send her an email at wctfadmin@umich.edu.