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Wed, 12 Feb 1997 14:50:38 -0500

February 6, 1997


The U.S. Department of Education will be expanding its support for
the subpanel of the Gender Equity Expert Panel on the Prevention of
Violence, Sexual Harassment and Alcohol/Drug Problems in Higher
Education. It is doing this based on support from the Department's
Safe and Drug Free Schools and Funds for the Improvement of
Postsecondary Education Programs.

The work of the subpanel will be organized by a joint effort with the
Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and
Other Drug Prevention (HEC). The HEC provides a broad range of AOD
prevention services (training, technical assistance, materials, and
evaluation) to the nation's colleges and universities.

This is a call for nominations for new subpanel and advisory group
members. The subpanel will be expanded by appointing 4-6 new panel
members and inviting the participation of advisors to help with
subpanel activities. The subpanel members will receive some
compensation for their work and will need to be approved by an
Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education. Participation in
the advisory group provides many additional experts the opportunity to
help with important panel activities on a volunteer basis. For
example, advisors may nominate programs, help developers prepare
submissions describing their potentially promising or exemplary
programs, or review submissions for the panel where they don't have a
conflict of interest.

Background: The Gender Equity Expert Panel is one of the first panels
in the new "Findbest System" of topic-focused review panels designed
to help consumers learn about promising and exemplary products,
programs and practices. The Gender Equity and Disability; Prevention
of Violence and Sexual Harassment and ; Teacher Education and
Professional Development. All panels will use the same standards to
designate promising and exemplary programs for final approval by the
Secretary of Education. The four standards categories are: evidence
of effectiveness, quality (including promoting equity and freedom from
bias), educational significance and usefulness to others.

Nomination Process: All subpanel member nominations must be received
by February 14, 1997. There is no specific deadline for indication of
interest in serving in the subpanel advisory group.

We encourage you to nominate yourself or others to serve as a subpanel
panel member or to help in various ways as a participant in the
advisory group. For consideration as a subpanl member, please include
a resume. To volunteer to help with the advisory group working with
this subpanel please send information on your areas of expertise and
tell us how to contact you. Please include your e-mail address since
most of the general communications among advisory group members about
the gender equity panel will be on the "gndrpan" listserv.

The members of each subpanel will be selected to complement each
other's expertise and backgrounds:

together they will have extensive expertise in the prevention of
violence, sexual harassment and alcohol and drug problems in post-
secondary education as it relates to gender equity

together they will be diverse based on sex, race, and geography

together they will have experience as researchers, evaluators,
disseminators and practitioners

Most importantly all subpanel members will need to agree to contribute
to subpanel success for at least two years.

You may nominate yourself to be a member of this subpanel. If you
nominate others, please make sure they would be willing to participate
in the subpanel if they are selected by the Assistant Secretary.

Please send resumes and nominations to Lavona Grow, U.S. Department
of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, ROB-3, Suite 3100,
7th and D Streets, Washington, DC 20202-5175 or e-mail this
information to (PH--202-708-4850,

To be considered all subpanel member nominations must be received by
February 14, 1997.

Submission guidelines and additional information about the entire
Gender Equity Expert Panel are available from the Gender Equity Expert
Panel support contractor, the Women's Educational Equity Act Equity
Resource Center at the Education Development Center, Inc. Attention:
Joe Maxwell or, Tel. 617-969-7100

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