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Voices Raised

(Re)Envisioning for the Future

By Jen Straniero '18

lisa-borello275x300.jpgThis past fall, the Women's Center welcomed director Dr. Lisa Borello who brings with her over 15 years of experience in higher education and new energy and ideas for the future of the Center's services, programs, and advocacy. Dr. Borello envisions the Center responding to today’s issues by modernizing its efforts to be relevant for all women on campus, and to be intentional about where its efforts are focused. Relevancy requires a critical self-examination. “We need to ask: Are we relevant? Are we meeting the needs of our constituents? If not, what are ways we can make changes to positively impact women at UD?” states Dr. Borello. Intentionality requires recognizing that, “we can’t cover everything women need, but we can be intentional about the programs and initiatives we do, to make the most impact.”

Dr. Borello sees the Women’s Center at the forefront of the University’s attention on diversity and inclusion, with the focus on gender and intersectionality. Dr. Borello envisions the Women’s Center as “the expert on gender issues at UD” through well-executed programming and managing research on gender equity issues on campus. Dr. Borello intends to establish a Women’s Center Advisory Council this spring to help the Center effectively collaborate on major initiatives and account for voices of women across fields and positions. For now, she is focused on improving the visibility of the Center across campus, assessing existing Center efforts, and getting acquainted with the UD community.

Dr. Borello will be hosting a listening tour to obtain feedback about the greatest challenges facing women at UD, and gather suggestions on where the Women’s Center should focus its efforts. The entire campus community is invited to participate in this process. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Unable to attend the listening tour? Share your feedback anonymously:

Non-Supervisory Staff
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 

12:00pm - 1:30pm 
LTC 042

Supervisory Staff
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1:00pm - 2:30pm 
LTC 044

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 

1:00pm - 2:30pm 
LTC 028

Graduate and Law Students
Thursday, January 25, 2018

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Alumni Hall 206 

River Campus
Friday, January 26, 2018 

2:00 pm - 3:30pm 
River Campus M2300

Undergraduate Students
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 

3:30pm - 4:30pm
KU 331

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