Welcome to Dialogue with the Experts, the WEEA Equity Resource Center's
series of focused discussions on EDEQUITY. Today we begin our dialogue on
Funding for Women and Girls' Programs. We have an outstanding panel to
lead our discussion. Those serving on our panel are among the strongest
supporters of programs for women and girls and they will discuss some of
the innovative projects they fund. They also will share their insights
about why--despite the growing number of issues affecting women and girls
and grantmakers' increased financial assets--there is so little funding
specifically for activities for women and girls. During the discussion, we
would also like to brainstorm about strategies to encourage grantmakers to
increase funding for women and girls' programs.
We are pleased to welcome:
* Edith Harvey, WEEA Program, U.S. Department of Education.
* Janalee Jordan-Meldrum, Program Officer, K-12 and Community Programs,
AAUW Educational Foundation
* Shirley Mark, Project Manager, Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation
* Meghan Mc Cleary, Director of Member Services & Program, Women and
* Ruta Sevo, Director, Program for Gender Equality in Science, Mathematics,
Engineering & Technology, National Science Foundation
As moderator for the discussion, let me go over a few things for those of
you who are new to EDEQUITY Dialogues.
Each panelist's opening statement will be sent in a separate e-mail
message. To respond, simply hit "reply" to any of these messages and your
comments/questions will be distributed to the panelists and the EDEQUITY
list as usual. Messages will be posted throughout the day from today
through Monday, October 30. Final comments will be posted on Monday,
October 30 at 4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time and the dialogue will officially
close at 5 p.m.
Remember that EDEQUITY is a public list and not everyone who
subscribes will necessarily have the same agenda. In fact, we have learned
from previous experience that some have subscribed to our list simply to
disrupt the discussion. Please be aware of this as you respond to
messages. Usually the best strategy is to ignore inflammatory,
Differences of opinion are expected, but all messages must be respectful
and civil. Abusive language will not be tolerated. Messages not meeting
this standard will be returned to the sender for revision.
To allow for broad participation from the members of the list and to ensure
that the panelists can respond to the concerns of as many list members as
possible, please limit your messages to TWO per DAY.
To help the flow of the discussion, indicate in the first line of your
message whether you would like a response from a particular panelist(s) or
if you are addressing your comment/question to the entire list.
Finally, let me remind you that until the end of the day on Monday,
October 30, we will post only messages about funding for women and girls
programs. We will resume posting other EDEQUITY messages on Tuesday,
We look forward to your thoughtful participation.
Susan J. Smith
Director, Gender Healthy Schools Project
Gender and Diversities Institute, EDC
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