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Women in Higher Education: Power, Progress, & the Promise of Equality
Conference Agenda

Co-Hosted By:
University of Minnesota Women's Faculty Cabinet and
University of Minnesota Law School

University of Minnesota Law School, Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Formal Program
5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Lockhart Hall (Room 25)


  • Welcome & Introduction:
  • Keynote Lecture:
    • Dr. Susan Herbst, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, University System of Georgia
  • Breaking The Ground: Why Equity Studies Matter:
  • Introduction of Dr. Phyllis Kahn, Minnesota State Representative:
    • Michele Goodwin
  • Presentation of The Phoenix Awards
    • Laura Cooper, J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Minnesota Law School
    • Dr. Blenda Wilson, Former President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Higher Education Resource Services (HERS)
    • Ms. Andrea Rubenstein, Attorney, Schaefer Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN
    • Dr. Shyamala Rajender, Attorney, Rajender Law Offices, Danville, CA
    • Carolyn Chalmers (in absentia), Director of the Office for Conflict Resolution, University of Minnesota
  • Closing Remarks

6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dorsey Foyer & Auerbach Common

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lockhart Hall (Room 25)

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
From the Classroom to the Courts: The Battlegrounds of Affirmative Action, Sex Discrimination, and Title IX

  • Stacy Leeds, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law & Government Center, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Professor of Law and Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Scholar, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Director Regina Sullivan, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff/Senior Woman Administrator, University of Minnesota
  • Ms. Andriel Dees, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Wisconsin River Falls Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Facilitator: Mary Anne Case, Arnold Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • Dr. Abigail Stewart, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, Director of U-M ADVANCE Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Mary Simmerling, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Research Integrity Officer, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  • Dr. Bonnie Holub, Founder and CEO, Adventium Labs, Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Carline Quander, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Sylvia Daunert, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
  • Facilitator: Dr. Linda Kinkel, Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Beyond Rajender: Pay Equity 30 Years Later

1:25 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Diversity in Higher Education: When and Where We Enter

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Women in Higher Education: A New Era of Leadership

  • Dean Phoebe Haddon, Dean and Professor of Law, The University of Maryland School of Law
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Jessie Ann Owens, Dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science and Professor of Music, University of California – Davis
  • Facilitator: Professor Michele Goodwin, Everett Fraser Professor of Law & Professor Medicine and Public Health, University of Minnesota Law School

CLE bias credits have been requested.

This conference is co-sponsored by: The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC), Department of Psychology, College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

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