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CEW wins award for the advancement of women in education


For providing innovative leadership development activities to women for 40 years, the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) has been awarded the 2004 American Council on Education (ACE) Network Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education.

The annual award, presented at the ACE Network State Coordinators Reception held in conjunction with the ACE Annual Meeting, recognizes an innovative and visionary program sponsored by a state ACE Network or by a college or university.
“CEW has made a difference in the lives of thousands of women, broadening their access to and success in the public and private sectors.”—Claire Van Ummersen

"CEW, the nation's first comprehensive, university-based women's center of its kind, has been a model leadership development center for women for over four decades," says Claire Van Ummersen, ACE vice president and director of the Office of Women in Higher Education. "CEW has made a difference in the lives of thousands of women, broadening their access to and success in the public and private sectors."

The ACE Network, founded in 1977, is a national system of networks designed to develop programs that advance and support women in higher education within each state.

Expanding on its original commitment to the advancement of women in education and the workplace, CEW has grown to become a prominent center for leadership development initiatives and research on women in the university and the workplace.

Among CEW's key leadership development programs are the Women of Color in the Academy Project, the Junior Women Faculty Network, The Michigan Women's Leadership Project: Leadership for Social Change, the Women of Color Task Force, the New Millennium Leaders Series and the Graduate Women's Leadership Seminars.

As part of its commitment to women and education, CEW has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships to women returning to campus after an interruption in their education. This year CEW expects to award scholarships to 42 U-M women students.

CEW has been active in ACE and other women's programs at the state and national level. Since 1994, CEW Director Carol Hollenshead has served on the board of the Michigan ACE Women's Network, including four years as coordinator. She also became a member of the national board of the ACE Network in 2002. In 2003 CEW hosted the first ACE regional forum designed to mentor and develop women with the potential to assume college presidencies and other senior administrative positions.

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