The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 1992 - Page 7
recipients of Initiative
Women's political caucus
holds inaugural meeting
Group calls on women to become politiaiy involved
Fund grant money
by Melissa Peerless Beth Adler, an organizational
Daily Administration Reporter consultant at the Student
University President James Organization Development Center
Duderstadt has chosen thirteen stu- and a member of the committee
dent proposals to receive University which helped oversee the program,
funding through the Presidential said organizers were pleased with
Initiative Fund for the Michigan the proposals.
Mandate Leadership and Learning "I think that 75 applicants is
!Student Competition. good for the first year. There were
The Presidential Initiative Fund amazing ideas. They were ingenious.
is Duderstadt's $100,000 yearly al- I wanted to fund all of them," she
lowance - donated by alumni - said. "Some programs involved
which he can use for University working with similar groups, or
causes at his discretion. groups working together who
Duderstadt designated this year's would not usually work together.
fund for the competition. Student The ideas were really cool."
proposals on how the University Adler said she hopes the
could further complete the goals of University will sponsor another
the Michigan Mandate were so- student contest and a faculty con-
icited during the summer and fall. test next year.
The Mandate is the University's However, Director of
commitment to increase minority Presidential Communications
enrollment and retention. Shirley Clarkson said the
University administrators said they University hasn't made a decision
hoped the competition would in- yet.
crease student interest in achieving
"The key to the success of the
Mandate is involving people, not
ust a few people at the top or scat-
tered groups, but everyone. We have
to get people involved in the pro-
gram, to bring in the intellectual
community on these key social is-
sues," Duderstadt said.
A team of 12 students, faculty
and staff members chose the 13 pro-
posals from 75 submitted propos-
The proposals were selected
'*ased on their ability to bring about
social and cultural diversity and de-
velop inter- and intra-cultural un-
derstanding and awareness.
"We are coming to the end of the
fund which made this program pos-
sible, so we don't know if it's going
to be possible to have another next
year or a faculty staff competition,"
The following programs re-
De Colores: A Collection of
Writing from People ofAll Colors, a
collection of family stories written
i Salsa Explosion!!, a program
designed to address issues in the
Parallel Motion, a diverse
Pi Lambda Epsilon Fraternity
Outreach Groups, a series of pro-
grams which benefit local youth and
U-M Greens' Detroit
Summer, a speaker series;
Student National Medical
Association Community Service
Program, a local chapter of a na-
tional organization dedicated to mi-
Michigan Journal of Political
Science 's Perspectives on Diversity
at the University of Michigan, a
publication of up to 20 essays and
A Forum for Campus Leaders
in a Multicultural Community, a
program to promote a comfortable
environment for the exchange of
ideas on campus;
Race, Poverty and the
Environment, a seminar series;
Women of Color at the U-M,
a project to address the needs of
women of color on campus;
Projects of Unification 92-93,
a conference that will foster cul-
tural understanding on campus;
Institutionalized Racism: A
Multimedia Presentation, a piece
that will explore the concept of in-
stitutionalized racism, and;
Dewey Community Center
Club, an enrichment program at a K-
8 magnet school in Detroit.
by Joshua Meckler
Daily Staff Reporter
Speakers at last night's meeting
of the Ann Arbor Women's
Political Caucus (AAWPC) called
on women to become involved in
politics and bring women's issues
- such as reproductive choice - to
the forefront of today's political
About 50 people attended the in-
augural meeting in the Rackham
East Lecture Room, where several
woman politicians from around the
State Representative Jan Dolan
(R-Farmington Hills), said women
are underrepresented in the state
government. Women hold only two
senate positions and 19 representa-
tive spots, she said.
"We do not represent the break-
down of women in Michigan. I
think it's meetings like this that can
encourage more women to be in-
volved," Dolan said.
Carol Miller, acting chair of the
AAWPC and a graduate student in
the School of Public Health, said,
"We're looking forward to being an
active group in the state of
Michigan - to get women into of-
fice and let the political leaders of
Michigan know what's important
The Ann Arbor organization, the
state's only local women's caucus,
is a branch of the Michigan
Women's Political Caucus
(MWPC), which is in turn a branch
of the National Women's Political
Caucus, Miller said.
Rosemary Wells, treasurer of
the MWPC, said, "The main pur-
pose of the caucus at the state and
national level is to elect women to
However, Wells added, this is
difficult because women do not have
the same access to money that men
traditionally have had. "Money
talks, and that is the key to every
She said the formation of the
AAWPC was a positive step. "A
caucus at the local level can really
do more intense work than a state-
wide caucus that is spread really
Marcella Stein, co-chair of the
MWPC, said, "I know here in Ann
Arbor you're going to do well be-
cause you have such a wonderful his-
tory of doing things so well when it
comes to protesting and doing
Because the meeting fell on the
19th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
decision, much of last night's talk
centered on the topic of abortion.
Miller said reproductive rights
will be an important issue for the
organization. She added that all the
Women's Political Caucus groups
support only pro-choice candidates.
LSA first-year student Julie
Ballin said after coming to the
meeting that she was ready to join
the group. She said she was im-
pressed that reproductive rights
were given a high priority by the or-
"I think it has to be because it's
more than abortion - it's the gov-
ernment telling women what they
can and can't do," she said.
Ann Arbor resident Christian
Arandel was the sole male attendee.
"I think it's important for men
to see what women have to say.
Only women raise the issues because
they pay the consequences. So men
aren't attracted to this kind of meet-
ing because they don't feel it con-
cerns them, but it should," he said.
The next AAWPC meeting will
be Wednesday, Feb 19, at 6:45 p.m.
in the auditorium of the School of
Public Health's building one.
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