February 20, 2006
Chancellor Denton addresses diversity issues
at national conferences
Chancellor Denice D. Denton addressed diversity issues at two
recent national conferences. Last week, she spoke on a panel
at a conference on Women and Leadership at Stanford University.
In January, she delivered the keynote address and served on
a panel at a workshop in Arlington, Virginia, on women in chemistry.
The January meeting, "Building Strong Academic Chemistry
Departments Through Gender Equity," was sponsored by the
National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National
Institutes of Health. Joseph Konopelski, professor and chair
of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSC, also participated in
the conference, which involved 55 chemistry department chairs
and 60 other academic, government, and national chemistry leaders.
Recognizing the importance of a diverse workforce in maintaining
the U.S. strength in science and engineering, the participants
identified specific strategies that chemistry departments, universities,
and federal agencies can implement to encourage and enable broader
participation by women in academic chemistry departments.
Additional information about the workshop can be found on the
web at www.chem.harvard.edu/groups/friend/GenderEquityWorkshop/.
The Women and Leadership Conference at Stanford brought together
some of the nation's preeminent scholars from diverse disciplinary
backgrounds. Chancellor Denton served on a panel on "Women,
Power and Presidents: The Academy and the Nation," along
with UC Riverside Chancellor France Cordova and Marie Wilson,
president of the White House Project.
Faye Crosby, professor of psychology and chair of the Academic
Senate, also participated in the conference, serving on a panel
on "Women, Power and Equality."
Additional information about the conference is available on
the web at ethics.stanford.edu/wlconference/index.html.