December 9, 1991
To: WIAD Members
From: Linda LaForest
Re: Minutes of December 6 meeting
Sandra Russo opened the meeting with the reminder that WIAD needs to resolve which
committees are still active and to focus on the direction in which WIAD is headed. Until further
notice the Research/Linkages Committee will not be reporting or included in the agenda or newsletter
as its current efforts are merged with Training's.
For the Training Committee, Lisette Walecka reported that the announcements for the spring
seminar on gender analysis have been mailed out and responses are coming in from across the
university. In addition, the students in Anita Spring's seminar will also be participating in the gender
analysis seminar. The emphasis now is on increasing the amount of faculty participation, so that
gender analysis might be better incorporated into other classes. Helga Kraft reported hearing that the
teaching workshop offered last year would be offered again this year, focusing on gender issues.
Dean Connor added that IFAS would also be offering workshops on agricultural teaching methods this
coming year. Walecka informed the group that the USDA just announced a new course on gender in
agricultural development. She is awaiting additional information, but there was general enthusiasm
and consensus on the desire for such a course. The proposal for this course would probably be due
Russo reported that the Speaker Committee has not been able to meet to discuss the speaker
series for spring. Elizabeth Bolton suggested that speakers with international experience in
agriculture, not necessarily just with women in agriculture, be invited to present to the group.
Hildebrand suggested inviting Pat Barnes-McConnell, director of the bean-cowpea CRSP
headquartered at Michigan State. Helen Safa suggested Caroline Moser, who works at the World
Bank and could speak on gender planning or structural adjustment.
The Outreach Committee has become sort of a liaison group between WIAD and the Women
in International Studies group. In this capacity Kraft reported the symposium planned for March 20-
21 focussing on Women and Politics in the 1990s. One day will be internationally oriented and one
day domestically oriented. The group has also contacted some major speakers, but must find the
money with which to bring them to UF. They are also working on the idea of a university-wide
roundtable to include women from all colleges. The group is applying for two graduate courses in
women's studies, one topical and one interdisciplinary.
Helen Safa reported that Johnetta Cole will definitely be coming for spring commencement
(the weekend of May 2nd) and raised again the idea of a reception for Cole. In addition, Uma Lele's
office will be co-sponsoring the visit of Charlotte Conable January 27 and 28. Jacqueline Pintanguy
will be arriving at UF Wednesday, March 18th, to address the Frontiers of Science on Violence in
Brazil that evening. On the 20th she will participate in the symposium mentioned above, speaking on
Resistance and Exclusion: An Overview of the Brazilian Women's Movement.
Linda LaForest reminded the members that the resource surveys, sent out in November,
should be returned before Christmas break. Also, any submissions for the WIAD newsletter should
be sent to her before December 20th. She also briefed WIAD on the form sent out by Anita Spring
requesting information on percentage of course content on WID. Those forms should be returned
before Christmas break also.
New business issues were raised on the possibility of co-sponsoring the speaker with women's
studies on January 15th, rather than having a WIAD speaker on Jan 10th. Hildebrand requested
information on role-playing games on small-farm decision making. And Walecka suggested that as
WIAD redefines committees and objectives, it should keep in mind its final objectives and
Next Meeting: February 7, 1992. 11:00, 1151 McCarty