Civil Service Bargaining Unit Women's Action Network
The Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Women’s Action Network (CSBU-WAN) provides leadership resources to improve and enrich the professional environment for CSBU women at the University of Minnesota. We support the mission by advocating women’s concerns and increasing respect for CSBU women. Additionally, we aim to expand professional and personal development through increasing networking opportunities.
Steering Committee 2013-14
Bonnie Marten (Past Chair & Chair: Respect Sub-Committee), Human Resources, 626-9665, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christa Nicols (Chair: Events & Marketing Sub-Committee), Academic Support Resources, 626-7292, email@example.com
Elizabeth Nelson (Chair), TRiO Upward Bound, 624-0865, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joli Roehl (Co-Chair: Events & Marketing Sub-Committee), Academic Support Resources - IT, 624-0222, email@example.com
Mary Austin, Epidemiology, 626-9462, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Beard (Chair: Membership Sub-Committee), Family Social Sciences, 625-7036, email@example.com
Molly Diethelm, Mortuary Science, 624-6464, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nan Nelson, Department of Writing Studies, 624-4761, email@example.com
Peg Lonnquist (Ex-Officio), Women's Center, 625-6039, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Smuk, Facilities Management, St Paul West District, 625-1335, email@example.com
Terri Wallace (Treasurer), Center for Writing, 626-7583, firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee’s main responsibilities are publicizing (via the web) the annual CS/BU Staff Award winners, and working with the Women's Center to develop and implement programs that serve CS/BU women.
The University of Minnesota Commission on Women was established in 1988 to improve and enrich the work and learning environments for women. During the 1992-93 academic year, the Commission on Women established the Civil Service and Bargaining Unit (CS/BU) Women’s Initiative to address concerns of CS/BU women. Focus groups evaluated the climate for CS/BU women and a steering committee was formed.
In 1994 and 1995, the initiative sponsored a bag lunch series, the “Looking at Leadership in the Mirror” national conference, and created the CS/BU Staff Award. The initiative has continued to sponsor career, professional, and personal development programming, and to develop further avenues to support CS/BU staff women.
Transitions and New Name
The 1997-98 academic year was a time of transition for the CS/BU Women’s Initiative as the University’s Commission on Women was restructured. During this transition, the CS/BU Women’s Initiative held focus groups to assess work environment issues for CS/BU women that could guide future programming. This energetic CS/BU committee has continued to work with the Women's Center to develop and offer programming for CS/BU women, and in 2007, committee members voted to change the group’s name from CS/BU Women’s Initiative Steering Committee to CS/BU Women’s Action Network.
The CS/BU Women’s Action Network continues to assist in recognizing the accomplishments and service of CS/BU women by promoting the CS/BU Staff Award, as well as staffing a booth to promote the group's work at the annual University of Minnesota Staff Day program.
Ways to Participate
- Become a member of the CSBU Women’s Action Network (members serve a two-year term). [Download the application].
- Attend CSBU-WAN’s activities/programs.
- Read our bylaws (PDF).
- Read our 2011-2012 annual report (PDF).
- Become a part of Women R.E.A.D. as a participant or facilitator.
- Sign-up for the Women's Center weekly electronic newsletter. E-mail email@example.com with “subscribe” in the subject field.
- Sign up for the CSBU-WAN listserv, CSBU-WAN@lists.umn.edu. Send an email to LISTSERV@lists.umn.edu leaving the subject blank and in the text type: Subscribe CSBU-WAN.
- Join us on Facebook!
- Come see us at the University of Minnesota Farmer's Market.
- Get involved with our Respect Campaign [Download the Respect Campaign PDF].