January 29, 2001
Dear Faculty Colleagues:
At the Pere Marquette Dinner in May of 1999, I announced the formation of a Gender Equity Task Force which was charged with examining areas of gender inequity among the faculty. Since that time, the Task Force, chaired by Professor Phoebe Williams, Associate Professor of Law, has prepared this report.
I have reviewed the entire report and I want to take this opportunity to commend the members of the Task Force for doing a truly outstanding job. I certainly realize that producing this document took a tremendous amount of work and I am grateful for the dedication and effort of the Task Force members. I also want to thank all of you who responded to the survey which you received from the Task Force. Your participation and the feedback you provided was an essential component of the Task Force's report.
Let me assure you on my own behalf and that of my vice presidential colleagues that this report is not one that will gather dust on a shelf here in O'Hara Hall. Rather, work has already begun on Phase 1 of the implementation recommendations, an effort which will involve revising various policies, procedures, and practices. Some of the changes recommended by the Task Force will, of course, be easier to implement, while others will take greater effort. But what will be most important of all will be the adoption by all of us of an attitude that the achievement of equality and fairness, in terms of gender or otherwise, is not one more so-called 'politically correct' reality to be grudgingly accepted but a true moral good proper to the kind of university we proclaim ourselves to be. I will have more to say about implementation specifics at the Pere Marquette Dinner on May 3, 2001.
I hope that the new semester is off to a good start for both you and your students. Thank you for all that you do for Marquette. God bless.
Robert A. Wild, S.J.