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COVID-19 Faculty Initiatives: 2020

In the summer of 2020, the OWF developed a strategy to investigate and try to decrease the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Northwestern women faculty.

Immediate action strategy: On July 6, 2020, the OWF distributed an email describing the strategy, and asking faculty if anything could be done immediately to help for the Fall term.  While we were fashioning a response, the Provost released its Alternative Work Arrangements Policy that called for flexibility vis-à-vis faculty severely impacted by the pandemic. We alerted OWF faculty to this new policy, and distributed a letter to the interim Provost indicating our hopes for this policy and for continued dialogue. The letter sent to Interim Provost Hagerty, sent July 13, 2020, can be found here


Short Term Strategy: A survey, a Call for Immediate Action, and a Memorialization of experiences

The OWF distributed a 10 question survey July 20-August 7, 2020 to 725 full-time female faculty.  The survey can be found here.  After analyzing the 196 responses, the OWF released two documents:


A Call for Immediate Action: Eleven Things Northwestern University Leadership Can Do Right Now to Protect Gender Equity in the Face of COVID-19

Factoring in the Pandemic Experiences to Protect Gender Equity: Memorializing the Summer of 2020


These documents identify immediate actions that can be taken, including appointing a new Associate Provost for Faculty charged with the responsibility for faculty wellness, career recovery, and post-virus equity; pledging and planning how to remedy the inequalities the Coronavirus has revealed, created or exacerbated; and talking to faculty about this action plan. 

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Pay Equity Among Faculty

The OWF held talkback sessions that gathered faculty responses to the Provost’s pay equity study.  We assembled this input into a letter sent to University’s President, Provost and Deans.

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