Women’s Studies Receives Progress in Equity Award

Posted: May 5, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) honors George Mason’s Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, directed by Debra Bergoffen, Philosophy and Religious Studies, for its contributions to progress in equity at an awards luncheon tomorrow.

The Women’s Studies program has the largest participation rate of faculty and staff members of any academic or sponsored program at George Mason. The center is committed to the professional development of women, and serves as the focal point of women’s studies academic offerings at the university. The faculty members associated with the center offer courses in women’s studies and organize programs that celebrate women’s roles in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business and professional fields. Such courses allow students to explore women’s issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and encourage students to integrate the insights of feminist scholarship within their chosen fields of study. The center also offers a safe place for members of the university community to discuss controversial issues and deal with problems.

The Arlington Branch of AAUW nominated this program, along with the University Salary Equity Study Committee, for the national Progress in Equity Award. These programs together reflect a unique commitment to women’s professional development at George Mason.

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