About the Forum
Every year, the Women's Center Leadership Council hosts a program called "A Forum on the Status of Women at USD" with the purpose of providing a space for female USD faculty, staff, and students to reflect and discuss thier experiences as a woman at USD, as well as a way for the participants to create ways in which they can contribute to improving the status of women at USD.
Modeled after the Forum on the Status of Women and Girls in San Diego County, this forum occured based on a reccomendation made by the 2009-10 Leadership Council. The forum was designed to expand upon a report submitted to the Women's Center by students from the Spring 2010 Ethnic Studies/Sociology 494: Applied Action Research Course, which highlighted concerns regarding the campus climate for women.
Women from various parts of campus are invited to attend the forum through membership or departmental affiliations on campus. The forum includes presentations prepared by faculty, staff, and student speakers and small-group discussions about the presentations. Each table had facilitators to guide the discussion and ensure that all the participants were heard.
At the end of the forum, the ideas and topics that were discussed are compiled into a report, which is used in order to guide the work of the Women's Center through programming and goal-setting, serving as a guide for the Leadership Council in its direction of the Women's Center, and by providing an assessment of the campus atmosphere for campus stakeholders.