We are proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Flora Awards. Among the many ways the Center champions women, The Flora Award recognizes women, often-unsung heroines, who make a profound difference within our community. From a competitive field of nominees the Center's Community Advisory Board chose Prisscilla Cooper, President and founder of the Family Connection Center, and Terri T. Davis, Director of Family Health, Beech Brook.
The public is invited to an Award Ceremony on May 21, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at the Western Reserve Historical Society, an institution with ties to the late social justice advocate and philanthropist, Flora Stone Mather, whose memory the award evokes.
The Flora Award recognizes women who collaboratively make a difference in the lives of women and children by addressing unmet needs with innovative approaches to social justice, service and advocacy. The inaugural awardees are Prisscilla Cooper and Terri T. Davis.
Prisscilla Cooper is President of the Family Connection Center, devoted to helping and advocating for change in the lives of poor women and children. Prisscilla personally counsels, educates and empowers poor women on a face-to-face basis. In her work Prisscilla tries to give women the confidence to develop the voice they need to talk about their problems and issues and to plan the strategies that will help them. These strategies may include finding jobs, appealing adverse decisions made by welfare case workers, or for some women, it may mean trying to meet with community leaders to voice their concerns. Prisscilla has testified before county commissioners and led several marches against poverty. She has been an active member of the group Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor (STOP). Prisscilla is a tireless and dedicated advocate for the well-being of women and children.
Terri T. Davis is Director of Family Health & creator and current manager of the Family Drop-In Center of Beech Brook, a mental health agency for children. She is a passionate advocate for women and children. She has managed the Drop-in Center since 1996. She is a certified mediator, anger management facilitator and a facilitator using the Active Parenting Curriculum. Terri never turns down an opportunity to speak at schools, workshops, religious organizations and conferences. No job is too big or small for Terri, who often works nights and weekends. She is equally comfortable working with foundation program officers and convicted felons. She even took a family into her home when she recognized that she could help them. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Carolyn Grossman Award from the Heights Parenting Center for lifelong dedication to children and families.
Applications are due by 5 p.m.
on Monday, June 3, 2013.
Those accepted will be notified by June 21.
The year-long institute, which includes a certificate in Women's Leadership from Weatherhead Executive Education, is designed to complement the supervisory development offerings provided by Human Resources.
Research has shown that women face particular challenges in the work environment.
The purpose of WSLDI is to provide a university-based resource and support system for women professional staff seeking to further their professional skills, including better communication, more collaboration, and the development of trust across university units, helping to create a synergy that promotes the university's best practices. The Program is designed to address women's issues and challenges within the context of the overall leadership curriculum.
Serving the needs of women in a supportive environment, the enrollment is limited to 12 participants per year.
This program is sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Weatherhead Executive Education.
Clcik here for an application and more information, including help with the application.
Welcome Jessica McRitchie
We are delighted to welcome Jessica McRitchie to our staff. Jessica joined us on April 29 to take the position of department administrator. She is a veteran employee of CWRU and brings to the Center a broad knowledge of the University. She has most recently worked as an assistant at the CWRU School of Law and prior to that was Assistant Director at the Schubert Center for Child Studies.
Jessica is actively involved in the local community and has served on boards for organizations including the Cleveland Council of World Affairs and The Foundation for Community Betterment. She is a native Clevelander and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently studying Conflict Transformation and Management at Kent State University.
FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Our calendar lists campus-wide and community events and progamming of interest to women.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
Building upon the foundational achievements of the ACES program FLDI is aligned to achieve success for the university strategic plan by promoting diversity through improved retention of women faculty, contributing to a better campus climate, and providing faculty resources that meet the expectations of young scholars.
WOMEN STAFF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women oversees an annual year-long program – Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative. Offered to full-time women staff at Case Western Reserve University, the program aims to nurture and develop talent while helping women staff cultivate their leadership skills.
A twice monthly discussion group for women nearing or in retirement. See the calendar for more details.
SPRING SALON SERIES
Organized by the Community Advisory Board, this sucessful series is held in community homes and establishments and centers on issues of interest and importance to the wider cleveland community members. See the calendar for more details.