On Nov. 5th, 2019, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) officially became the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender Equity (CCSGE).
Originally formed in 1972, the group serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to gender and improving the status of women students, staff, and faculty. As UNO continues to adapt with the changing climate, the Commission has been committed to gender equality on campus and has made intentional efforts to have an intersectional theoretical approach towards the mission of the organization in the last several years.
For example, we have been active in promoting the creation of lactation spaces in all buildings, including the newly finished Criss Library Lactation Room, and in disseminating information about maternity leave and tenure clock-stop. This has also included advocating for UNO trans peoples’ medical needs and paternity leave, alongside the focus on women’s access, inclusion, and equity in the campus community. This expansive commitment for gender equity is a national trend and UNO is leading the Midwest through this critical change.
We look forward to serving our campus community and leading best practices in gender equity for our students, staff, and faculty. We encourage anyone interested in our work to attend one of our open general meetings. If you have concerns about policies, procedures, or work environments that affect gender equity at UNO or within the NU system, we would like to hear them. Our group works for you, our campus community. We want to know how we can help. Please reach out to Dr. Heidi Blackburn (Faculty Co-Chair) or Taricka Burton (Staff Co-Chair).
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.