Susan Kaufmann, associate director of U-M’s Center for the Education of Women, will discuss the ballot proposal on campus Oct. 17

October 10, 2006

DEARBORN / Oct. 11---Susan Kaufmann, associate director of U-M’s Center for the Education of Women, will discuss "The Gender Impact of the Proposed Michigan Civil Rights Initiative" from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Kaufmann’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore her research on the potential consequences of the ballot proposal on employment, contracting and education, with a particular focus on the consequences for women and girls.

The event is co-sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Women's Resource Center, the Commission for Women, the Agenda for Women, Women in Learning and Leadership and the National Organization for Women UM-Dearborn chapter.

Kaufmann has been associate director of U-M’s Center for the Education of Women in Ann Arbor since 1990. After heading the Center’s counseling services, programs and leadership development activities for 13 years, she has turned her full attention to conducting research, writing and leading policy initiatives that benefit women within and beyond the University.

She also chairs the U-M Student Parent Policy Committee and heads a U-M initiative to develop a coordinated institutional response to domestic violence.

During the 1980s, Kaufmann was a program associate in U-M’s Office of Affirmative Action, where she led pioneering efforts to develop an institutional response to sexual harassment. She also served as director of the Washtenaw County Assault Crisis Center, providing services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and as the associate director of the U-M’s Institute for the Humanities.

Her most recent publications include The Impact of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative on Employment, Education and Contracting; The Gender Impact of the Proposed Michigan Civil Rights Initiative; Michigan: A 'Smart State' for Women?: Women and Higher Education; and “The Michigan Women’s Leadership Project: Leadership for Social Change,” in A Leadership Journal: Women in Leadership—Sharing the Vision.

For more information about Kaufmann’s talk, contact Suzanne Bergeron at 313-593-4591.

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