University Advocates for Women and Equity exists to address issues of the climate for women students, faculty, and staff at the University of St. Thomas. Resources, activities, and programs sponsored by UAWE focus on educating and reaching out to the University as a whole, women and men. UAWE’s mission focuses particularly on support and advocacy for women. UAWE members receive email communication through a designated distribution list, are involved in activities and programs of interest sponsored by the UAWE, and are eligible for nomination to the Coordinating Council.

Responsibilities of Coordinating Council Members:

The coordinating council solicits input from the St. Thomas community on issues of concern to women and decides on the best strategy for addressing those issues. The coordinating council also sponsors several ongoing initiatives, including the annual presentation of the Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award and several other awards, and a reception for new female employees of the university.

 Coordinating council members serve a three-year term (or for student members, until graduation), and are expected to attend regular coordinating council meetings as well as UAWE sponsored events.

  • Calling a meeting of the membership once each semester.
  • On the basis of the whole group discussions, evaluate the degree of concern about the issues raised.
  • Decide on the best strategy for pursuing these issues (setting up discussion groups, establishing focus groups to gather information or pursue policy changes, planning programs in cooperation with the Luann Dummer Center for Women, the Staff Council, or other campus groups).
  • Ensure that someone (either a member of the Coordinating Council, or the individual member who raised an issue) assumes responsibility for following through on the plan to address the issue.
  • Provide information about activities and issues to the UAWE membership via email, web page, or other appropriate means.

UAWE reports to the University’s Office of Mission. UAWE often works in cooperation with the Luann Dummer Center for Women, but is a separate entity not affiliated with the Center.

The Luann Dummer Center for Women’s mission is to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and personal development of women at the University. The Center’s educational programs, activities and resources are available to students, faculty, and staff of the University and are intended to promote a more open and diverse environment. Although the Center is dedicated especially to women, it is committed to the service of the entire campus community within the context of its mission.