March 12, 2008



Faculty Senate

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI 54601



Dear Senators:



Since the External Reviewer of our Academic Program Review noted the chilly climate for women at UW-L and its link to the success or failure of our department, we offer these suggestions for changing that climate:


Develop a leadership team (3) chosen from administrators like Affirmative Action Officer, Campus Climate Coordinator, Faculty Senate Chair, Dean of Students, or Human Resources who will:


1.      Develop a Hostile Climate Incident Report form (not just for Women);

2.      Identify Issues from past and future chilly climate reports, exit interviews, and from the Incidence Report information;

3.      Respond to the issues identified above;

4.      If a faculty member leaves because of hostile climate issues, work with unit to develop a “success plan” for next faculty hired;

5.      Assess work life issues yearly.


We believe that the chilly climate goes beyond the “pockets of hostile departments” explanation and needs to be addressed by intervention from units influential enough to create institutional change.  


And since we have your attention today, we thought we would offer a start at a solution.





Sandra Krajewski, On behalf of the

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality