Office for Women Archive
History of Women at IUPUI
Women faculty, staff and students have been a vital part of the life of IUPUI since its inception in 1969. They have been partners and leaders in the development of IUPUI as a modern urban university. The Office for Women has begun writing a document: “Milestones in the History of Women at IUPUI” to preserve a record of women’s contributions to this campus. It is a work in progress, so feel free to send your ideas, recollections, facts, and suggestions to us at ude[dot]iupui[at]evorgsk. To view the current edition, click here: Milestones in the History of Women at IUPUI.
Task Force on the Status of Women Faculty
The establishment of this task force in 1994 was the starting point for the discussion of the status of women at IUPUI. In August 1994, Kathleen Warfel, President of the IUPUI Faculty Council and William Plater, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, established this group and defined it’s charge. Chaired by Barbara Wilcox (8/94 to 10/95) and Rebecca Porter (11/95 to 5/96), the task force completed its report in May 1996 and recommended the establishment of the Office for Women and the creation of a Commission on Women.
IUPUI Office for Women
In early 1996, the Task Force and the IUPUI Administration submitted a Strategic Directions Charter Initiative Proposal to the IU President Myles Brand to fund the Office for Women for three years. When the initiative was funded, Chancellor Gerald Bepko initiated the search for a Director and appointed the Commission on Women Steering Committee to provide oversight for the office. Kathleen Warfel, a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was named director and the office was established in October 1996. Other staff included Kimberly Quaid, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics as Assistant to the Director and Betty Wolf as Secretary. In 1998 Kathleen Warfel resigned and Kimberly Quaid became the Director. Rebecca Van Voorhis was appointed Assistant Director at that time.
Chancellor Bepko Remarks at Inaugural Meeting 1997
1997 Report on Work-Life Initiatives
IUPUI Commission on Women 1997-98 Agenda
January 1998 Progress Report on Office for Women
May 1998 Progress Report on Office for Women/Commission on Women
Commission on Women 1998-99 Agenda
IUPUI Commission on Women 1998-99 Agenda Update
June 1999 Progress Report on Office for Women/Commission on Women
February 2000 Progress Report on Office for Women/Commission on Women
March 2001 Progress Report on Office for Women/Commission on Women