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Women's rights expert addresses Proposal 2

Oct. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Noted women's rights expert Dr. Carol S. Hollenshead will discuss the broader implications of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative in a free, public presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the President's Dining Room of the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University.

Hollenshead will address "Potential Impact of Proposal 2 on Employment, Education and Contracts." Proposal 2 is an initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot that would amend the Michigan Constitution, affecting affirmative-action practices throughout the state.

At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Hollenshead is director of the Center for the Education of Women and chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Women's Issues. As CEW director, she oversees research, service programs, advocacy and policy development focused on higher education, careers and leadership. She has played leadership roles in the state and national ACE Network, including serving as the state coordinator for the Michigan ACE Network from 1999 to 2002.

The event is being sponsored by the Michigan affiliate of the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education and the WMU representatives on this group. The Michigan ACE Network seeks to improve the general and professional climate for women by developing and advancing the leadership of women in higher education throughout the state.

The ACE Network committee at WMU is composed of women from both the faculty and staff. Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs, serves as the University's regional network representative; Dr. Cynthia Running-Johnson, chair and professor of foreign languages, is the institutional representative; and Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, director of First-Year Experience Programs, is the alternate institutional representative.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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