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Policy forum on transforming campus climate Feb. 10 (Released: 1/22/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Curriculum, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, and diversity on college campuses are among the issues that will be discussed at a policy forum at the University of Connecticut Feb. 10.

"Transforming the Campus Climate" will take place from 1-4 p.m. in von der Mehden Hall. Ruth J. Simmons, president of Smith College, will give the keynote speech at 1 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the talk, with a reception concluding the program.

Simmons, who was named a CBS Woman of the Year and an "NBC Nightly News" Most Inspiring Woman in 1996, became president of Smith College in 1995. A native of Texas, Simmons earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University in 1973.

Simmons served in administrative positions at the University of Southern California, Princeton University and Spelman College.

Panelists will focus on efforts being made to improve the climates at Connecticut colleges and universities. Panelists are: Patricia Terry, affirmative-action officer at Eastern Connecticut State University; Diane Goldsmith, director of the Reentry Women's Program and the Women's Center at Manchester Community College; Dena Wallerson, graduate in sociology at UConn; Paul Lauter, professor at Trinity College; and Jane Fried, professor of education at Central Connecticut State University.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call Myra Hindus at (860) 486-4738.

The program is sponsored by the UConn Women's Center, the Women's Studies Program, the African-American Studies Program and African-American Cultural Center, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of University Women/College and University Relations Division.