Western's Caucus on Women's Issues

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1. General meetings take place at least twice each year. They provide opportunities to discuss current issues of interest, to plan activities and to meet others on campus who are interested in women’s issues.In addition, the WCWI executive meets once a month, and more often when necessary to keep on top of developments. If you are interested in joining the WCWI Executive for the year, please contact the WCWI President.

2. Caucus formerly had a newsletter, published as needed. However, the newsletter has been suspended because items of interest are simply circulated to the member email list as they arise, rather than waiting to collate them into a newsletter. If you have news, announcements of talks in your department or on campus, or other items of interest, please send them to the President for circulation to the members.

3 . WCWI in cooperation with others has sponsored production of videos on the chilly climate experienced by women on campus and on sexual harassment on campus. If you or your campus group would be interested in seeing one of these videos, contact Equity Services, SLB, 661-3334. If you would like to purchase one please see Order Videos.

4. Caucus also serves as a liason between many women's organizations outside the university and the community of Women at Western including, in the past, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) . Contact the vice-president if you have news relevant to the broader women's community.

5. Increasingly, WCWI is called upon to comment on issues and policy or to name representatives to sit on UWO committees. If you have special interests and would like to represent WCWI be sure to list your interests on the membership form or to communicate your interests to the executive.

6. Finally, WCWI makes two special awards each year:

A) The Women’s Studies Essay Award , intended to recognize a student or students whose creativity, scholarship and understanding of issues facing women in society and across cultures shows commitment to women’s studies. For i nformation about eligibility and timing of submissions see Essay Awards.

B) The Montreal Memorial Book Award is given to a female student in Engineering who is entering second year and who holds no other awards. This award is in honour of the fourteen women killed at the Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.


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