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January 15, 2004
Holy Cross House
7:45 p.m.



Members present: K. Ampong, L. Batt, B. Cross, S. deVink, J. Gaudet, J. Gilbert-Walsh, S. Hale, P. Hawkins, A. Hewson, N. Kinsella, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, E. McKim, R. Myers (Chair), P. Ouellette, T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, S. Rodriguez, J. Rowcroft, A. Secord, N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard

Regrets: P. Lee, D. O’Brien, M. Smith

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, I. Fraser, D. Gupta, M. MacDonald, S. Narine, D. Robinson

Dr. Myers called the special meeting to order. He welcomed guests from the St. Thomas University Gender Studies Programme.

Dr. Malcolmson and Dr. Weeks offered some general introductory remarks.

MOTIONS 1-14 and 20-23:                                      Malcolmson:McGowan. CARRIED.

1. That St. Thomas University takes all necessary steps to regularise Women’s Studies and Gender Studies as a full, legitimate and respected Programme.

2. That adequate human and fiscal resources are put at the disposal of the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the programme.

3. That Women’s Studies and Gender Studies be recognised as the programme’s name.

4. That the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme Committee develops a core curriculum for majors and honours that has academic integrity, consistency and coherence.

5. That the faculty and administration continue to build on the Interdisciplinary strength of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at St. Thomas University by, for example, making the proposed capstone course provide the theoretical rationale for interdisciplinarity in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies.

6. That St. Thomas University ensures that the key cross listed courses in the programme are offered regularly by Women’s Studies and Gender Studies faculty.

7. That mechanisms be found whereby the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme can exert sufficient control over the course content, pedagogy and instructors of cross-listed courses to ensure a full and balanced programme for all students.

8. That the programme and the university consider initiating a new first year core course which combines humanities and social sciences and introduces issues of women and gender to the student body, the majority of whom are women.

9. That a Coordinator of the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme be appointed to a new full-time position.

10. That steps be taken to recognise existing faculty resources and to enhance their organization.

11. That at least five joint appointments be made in key contributing departments including Sociology, Economics, History, and other humanities departments and Social Work.

12. That at least one full-time new faculty appointment be made to the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme in addition to the Coordinator and to other faculty resources acquired through joint and cross appointments.

13. That the university administration and the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Committee work together to ensure that the programme is fully recognized in the university structures and in the eyes of both faculty and students.

14. That St. Thomas University recognises a policy and advocacy role for the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme.

20. That the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Committee pursue the possibility of a graduate programme in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies with UNB on the basis of an equal partnership between the two groups.

21. That the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Committee, in association with other interested groups, including students, consider establishing a separate St. Thomas University Women’s entre, with ascribed responsibility for facilitating issues concerning women on campus, e.g., violence and safety issues.

22. That the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme consider developing structural links with the community.

23. That St. Thomas University’s administration and the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme work together to raise awareness of the resources in the university, including the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Programme, that might meet the needs of women in New Brunswick.

Adjournment

The special meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
January 16, 2004

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