Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. University Women's Professional Advancement. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
In October 1987, a Presidential Task Force to study women’s issues was convened on the SIU Carbondale campus. One year of work was completed by approximately 30 faculty and staff who proposed several specific recommendations to President John Guyon. Afterwards, he appointed a permanent committee which was led by Dr. Uma Sekaran who then further examined the status of women at SIU Carbondale.
In August 1999, Dr. Janice Schoen Henry became the first coordinator of University Women’s Professional Advancement (UWPA). Since its establishment, UWPA has had a strong and effective presence on the SIU Carbondale campus collaborating and advocating for inclusive excellence and women.
UWPA is dedicated to creating a vital, productive and empowering environment for all Faculty, Staff and Students by advancing a climate of excellence and service at SIU Carbondale. The mission of UWPA in particular is to create and support equitable opportunities for all women throughout the SIU Carbondale campus and community. This intention is met through UWPA’s signature programing, advisory board and ongoing support for women’s professional development, social empowerment and personal advancement.
The UWPA also offers professional development opportunities such as: UWPA Leadership Series: Monthly Workshops; Mentoring female Faculty, AP and Civil Service; Civil Service Connections Group Support and Network; Travel/research grants for Faculty, AP, Civil Service and Students; Civil Service Connections Group Support and Network; and Civil Service Professional Development Programming.