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History and Purpose
The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women was formed in 1972 by interim Chancellor, J. Victor Blackwell.
The purpose of the Commission shall be to serve as an advisory council to the Chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff, and students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Commission is to monitor the status of women on the UNO campus and to recommend ways of improving that status. The Commission comprised of volunteers from the faculty, staff, and students, serves more than 15,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff.
In order to encourage the full participation of women in the University, steps must be taken to identify and eliminate the disadvantages that women face. The University of Nebraska at Omaha cannot afford to have its students, faculty or staff working at a disadvantage.
- When it is more difficult for women to participate everyone is harmed.
- When women are paid less than men for the same work, they are at a disadvantage.
- When women lose employment because they are pregnant, they are at a disadvantage.
- When women do not have access to safe and affordable child care, they are at a disadvantage.
- When women do not receive full credit for their contributions, they are at a disadvantage.
- When women are victims of sexual harassment, they are at a disadvantage.
- When women's ideas are not taken seriously, they are at a disadvantage.
The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women has performed many initiatives in its history, including:
- Recognizing organizations in the Omaha community for promoting the status of women
- Presenting an annual award to faculty or staff to recognize outstanding achievement in promoting the status of women at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Awarding an undergraduate student to recognize a student that has improved the status of women or gender issues or have academic excellence in fields in which women are underrepresented
- Supporting voter registration efforts on campus
- Creating a fundraising campaign to support the Employee Loan Fund available for UNO employees during a time of financial hardship
- Collaborating with other on-campus organizations and groups that support women's issues or campus-wide needs
- Arranging activities and programs that bring awareness of women's issues to the campus community
- Supporting initiatives on campus that bring balance to individuals in the UNO learning community
- Supporting the establishment of day-care facilities for students, faculty, and staff
- Identifying pay inequities between male and female faculty
- Initiating and implementing a program to combat sexual harassment on campus
- Encouraging the development of a family leave policy