In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the admission of women as full-time students, Xavier University has a year of events to draw attention to and celebrate the contributions of women.
The celebration begins Monday, September 14, 11:30 am -12:00 pm on the Academic Mall in front of Hinkle Hall, as banners are raised in honor of this memorable year in Xavier history.
In January of 1969, Xavier’s Board of Trustees voted to accept women as full-time day students, and 52 women enrolled for the fall semester, ending 138 years of single-sex education. The purchase of Edgecliff College in 1980 raised the number of women students to 49 percent of the student body and added 10 women to the faculty. In 1981, Phyllis Smale became the first woman appointed to the Board of Trustees; in 1987, Joan Connell, PhD became the first female vice president, overseeing academic affairs; and in 2003, Dawn Rogers became the first female athletic director.
In the fall of 2007, Xavier opened the Women’s Center, a department devoted to providing advocacy and resources, advancing education and academic excellence, and promoting research focused on women, girls and gender. The Women’s Center unites women and men students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to critically examine social injustices and take action to promote gender equity.
“Xavier has been blessed with extraordinary women who have used their talents tirelessly to help the University grow, become more diverse and advance our Jesuit mission,” says. Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier.
For full information on these and other fee-based events in the arts, athletics and other fields, visit www.xavier.edu/celebratewomen. Sign up with your email address to receive additional information or call 513-745-3737.