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CCSW Upcoming Events

Where is the line? Sexual Harassment in Education and the Workplace

Students, faculty, staff, and the greater ECU community are invited to participate in a discussion of sexual harassment in education and in the workplace. Both women and men are encouraged to attend.

Presentation and discussion topics include:

  • laws and legal responsibilities,
  • strategies for handling situations,
  • how to mentor your students to be prepared for these situations,
  • discussion of examples and cases

When: Thursday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m.

Where: Mendenhall Student Center, Great Room 1

Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women with the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Center for Counseling and Student Development.

CCSW Newsletter

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women has issued our Spring 2016 Newsletter. Information pertaining to our events, as well as campus activities and policies are included in this issue.

International Women's Day is March 3

The entire campus community is invited to attend International Women's Day 2016: "Sex, Violence, and Gender Roles" on Thursday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mendenhall Great Rooms. The full-day program will feature several presentations and discussions hosted by local and national speakers, including a keynote address over lunch at 12 p.m. by renowned psychologist Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis about sexual trauma and healing. There is no charge to attend any of the panels or lunch but advance registration is requested.   

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, an associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, is a licensed psychologist, poet, dancer and minister. She is a nationally recognized expert on trauma recovery and mental health, and she is a critically-acclaimed author and recording artist. Her work is based in an interdisciplinary understanding of spirituality, gender, culture and psychology.   

International Women's Day is sponsored by the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women with support from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and ECU Women's Studies.  

"The Yellow Dress" comes to ECU April 13 *updated date*

CCSW is a co-sponsor of The Yellow Dress, a one-woman play that will be performed on campus April 13 at 7:15 p.m. in Hendrix Theater. A character named Anna shares the stories of several victims of abusive relationships including her own, in an effort to prevent domestic violence.   

"The Yellow Dress" is one of many programs produced by Deana's Educational Theater, a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that offers interactive performance-based presentations covering current issues of dating violence, bullying, cyber bullying, sexual coercion, harassment and respect. The organization is named for Deana Brisbois of Topsfield, MA, who was killed in a car crash in 1994 that her abusive boyfriend survived. Believing her abuser had a role in her death, her mother and step-father, Mary Ellen and Ira Gorfinkle, started the organization to share their daughter's story, and the stories of other victims, to raise awareness and prevent the same thing from happening again.  

For more information, visit: http://www.deanaseducationaltheater.org/the-yellow-dress

"The Hunting Ground" screening April 18

A screening and panel discussion of the film "The Hunting Ground," which examines sexual assault on college campuses, will be held Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in Hendrix Theater. CCSW is co-sponsoring this screening with the Office of Equity and Diversity as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. All members of the campus community are invited;however, viewers should note that some scenes are sensitive in nature. This is a wellness passport event.   

Call for membership applications

CCSW is a volunteer organization consisting of 30 members (women and men) who meet monthly and serve three-year terms. A request for nominations is sent via an ECU Official email to the entire university each spring. We balance faculty, staff and student memberships and seek to represent all areas of campus. The chancellor reviews our recommendations and appoints the committee members, who begin serving in the fall.  Watch your e-mail for the link to apply!   

BRIDGES 2016

BRIDGES is an intensive professional development program for women administrators and faculty in higher education in North Carolina who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. Participants undergo personal and professional development to benefit themselves and their institutions. The program is conducted over the course of four weekends in Chapel Hill each fall.   

The 2016 BRIDGES Program will be offered September 9 - November 12, 2016. For each weekend listed below, the program begins on Friday at noon through Saturday at 4:30 p.m.   

September 9-10
September 30 - October 1
October 21- 22
November 11-12 

Applicants must guarantee attendance at all four sessions. Applications will be available after March 27, 2016. The deadline to apply to BRIDGES is May 2, 2016. Admitted participants will be notified July 1.

The cost is $1,750. Applicants may self-fund or seek department/unit funding. Applicants may also apply for ECU institutional funding through the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. In this case, submit a copy of your BRIDGES application to CCSW member Angela Easter at eastera@ecu.edu, as well as a copy of any acceptance notification you may receive. A committee of CCSW members and BRIDGES alumnae will review applications and make recommendations to the provost for those to receive institutional funding. Please be aware that BRIDGES program in Chapel Hill decides on admission. 

More information will be posted online at: http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/bridges

Lactation support

It is the intent of East Carolina University to be recognized as a family friendly workplace by providing lactation support to assisting working mothers with the transition back to work following the birth of a child. East Carolina University's lactation support program allows a nursing mother to express breast milk periodically during the work day. Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (IPAR) ensures the availability of specialized rooms such as lactation rooms to the campus community as part of its space planning duties. An updated list of lactation rooms may be found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/ipar/customcf/DL/Space/LactationRooms.pdf 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Human Resources Benefits at 328-9887. Federal and state laws require that ECU provide facilities for lactating mothers. The full ECU policy can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/prr/06/10/02 

This policy states that "The North Carolina Office of State Personnel requires that State Agencies provide space, privacy, and time for nursing mothers to express breast milk, in compliance with Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) which was signed into law on March 23, 2010."

- Past Events - 

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Screening of "The Hunting Ground"

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women is hosting a screening and panel discussion of the film “The Hunting Ground,” which examines sexual assault on college campuses, on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Hendrix Theater. All members of the campus community are invited; however, viewers should note that some scenes are sensitive in nature.

CCSW Holiday Luncheon

All members of the campus community are invited to a free Holiday Lunch on Friday, Nov. 20 hosted by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women. The lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in East Carolina Heart Institute (115 Heart Drive on the Health Sciences Campus). At this year’s luncheon we are excited to feature guest speaker Barbara Lipscomb, Greenville City Manager, and ECU students who will present on their project “Go With The Flow: It’s Only Natural, Period!” Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to become more informed on the issues facing women today, and learn what changes we can make to impact a more positive future for women everywhere. We encourage each attendee to bring a donation of tampons and pads, which the students will later donate to girls in our local schools. Space is limited so all participants must register in advance by November 17. Registration is now open. Questions can be directed to Dr. Marame Gueye at gueyem@ecu.edu.

West Campus Promotion & Tenure Workshops

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women is offering two workshops for the Health Sciences campus on tenure and promotion during the Fall 2015 semester. These workshops are intended to provide information on both processes, to answer questions, and address concerns. 

The Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Workshop will be held Tuesday, November 3, from 5:30-7 p.m., in Brody 2W50. Featured speakers include Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for the Division of Health Sciences; Lisa W. Hudson, associate vice chancellor for human resources in health sciences; Dr. Dorothy Muller, Office of Faculty Excellence; and a panel of recently tenured faculty including Drs. John Cahill, Christopher Duffrin, Beng Fuh, Guillermo Hidalgo, Annette Peery and Jamie Perry.

The Promotion to Full Professor Workshop will be held Wednesday, November 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Brody 2W38. Featured speakers include Brody School of Medicine Dean Dr. Paul Cunningham, Lisa W. Hudson, Dr. Dorothy Muller; Faculty Senate Chair Dr. John Stiller, College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown; and School of Dental Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Maggie Wilson. A panel of recently promoted full professors will also attend, including Drs. Sean Bush (tentative), Walt Jenkins, Thomas Penders and Ann Sperry.

A light meal will be provided for all participants (both nights) compliments of the Brody School of Medicine. To register for one or both, please go to: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cferegistration/default.aspx

Should you have difficulty registering for this event, visit www.ecu.edu/ofe.  Look for and click on either OFE Current Sessions or under News & Announcements, scroll down and click on Register Online link for Sessions/Training. You may be asked to sign in again.  If it doesn’t work the first time, use intra before your user ID (ex. Intra\Mullerd). Once you are on the site you will see a calendar with programs listed. Go to the session you want and click on it. Then click on register. 

If you still can’t register call Dr. Muller or her assistant at 252-328-1426. If you have questions about the event itself, please contact Laura Gantt at 252-744-6503 or  ganttl@ecu.edu or Shelby Donnelly at 252-744-6374 or donnellys@ecu.edu.

East/Main Campus Promotion & Tenure Workshops

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women is also offering two workshops on tenure and promotion during the Fall 2015 semester on main campus. These workshops are intended to provide information on both processes, to answer questions and address concerns.

The Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor Workshop will be on Friday, November 13, from 3-4:30 p.m., in Bate 1005.   A panel of recently tenured faculty will include: Drs. Lisa Baranik (Psychology), Alex Manda (Geological Sciences) and Xiaoping Pan (Biology).

The Promotion to Full Professor Workshop will be Friday, November 13, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Bate 1007. The panel of recently promoted full professors will include: Drs. Elizabeth Hodge (Interdisciplinary Professions), Michael Behm (Technology Systems) and Michael Dingfelder (Physics).

Faculty Senate Officers, Provost Mitchelson, and Dr. Dorothy Muller will also be on hand to welcome participants, review PAD assembly and submission, and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be provided for all participants compliments of the Office of the Provost. To register, please go to: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cferegistration/default.aspx.

Should you have difficulty registering for this event, go to www.ecu.edu/ofe.  Look for and click on either OFE Current Sessions or under News & Announcements, scroll down and click on Register Online link for Sessions/Training. You may be asked to sign in again.  If it doesn’t work the first time, use intra before your user id (ex.  Intra\Mullerd). Once you are on the site you will see a calendar with programs listed.  Go to the session you want and click on it.  Then click on register.  If you still can’t register, call Dr. Muller or her assistant at 252-328-1426.


Every other year, the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women recognizes 10 women for their contributions to the institution, community and region. Each demonstrates leadership in areas such as academics/education, outreach, research, politics, athletics and volunteering. Nominees are judged on six criteria: leadership, commitment, determination, generosity of spirit/time, community building and the ability to empower and mentor others. The 2015 Women of Distinction were recognized in a ceremony on April 13, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. in Murphy Hall. Watch a video from the 2015 event.

East Carolina University again celebrated International Women's Day with a day-long series of lectures on March 4, 2015. Topics included international perspectives on women's status (including Poland, Pakistan & Nigeria); women in the media; women in religion; women in social justice; research on gender bias; ECU's chapter of She's the First; sexual harassment; women in romance; and women in health care. The event was sponsored by the CCSW, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and ECU Women's Studies. Watch WNCT-9 coverage of the 2015 event.

The 2014 Promotion & Tenure Workshops for faculty were held March 20 & 25 and Nov. 13 & 14. This regular CCSW program is offered once each semester, alternating between main campus and the health sciences campus. Watch a video recording of the Promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure workshop. Watch a video recording of the Promotion to Full Professor workshop.

The CCSW hosted a brown bag lunch discussion on Health and Wellness for ECU Staff focused on balancing demands at work and in life on March 11 and 12. This is an event the committee hopes to continue in future years. 

The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women hosted a series of discussions March 5, 2014, to mark International Women's Day at ECU. Presentations included Social Media Benefits & Challenges, Sex and Safety, a healthy lunch, International Women and Respect, From Victim to Challenger, Financial Health and Physical Health. The opening session included partners from other countries participating via ECU's Global Classroom, and the lunch discussion featured a panel of students from Canada, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Other event sponsors included the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Office of Equity and Diversity, Student Affairs, Women's Studies and the Kinesiology Student Association. Read coverage and see photos from this event by ECU News Services.

More than 200 faculty, staff and students attended the Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 18, 2013. Topics for discussion included addressing community issues – such as hunger – and the evolution of leadership. Donations of canned goods at the luncheon yielded enough food to feed Thanksgiving dinner for 20 families with students at Elmhurst Elementary. Read coverage of our event in The Daily Reflector (subscription required for full article).


Are you hosting an event aimed at informing or assisting women at ECU? Have your event added to this page by contacting CCSW Communication Subcommittee Chair Jackie Drake.