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UW-Eau Claire Names Dr. C. Kate Hale Interim Assistant to the Chancellor for Affirmative Action

RELEASED: June 7, 2005

Dr. C. Kate Hale
Photo by Rick Mickelson, TLTDC, UW-Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. C. Kate Hale, a senior lecturer of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been named the interim assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action, Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson announced today.

Hale will begin her affirmative action duties July 1. She replaces Barbara Stevens, who is retiring.

Hale joined UW-Eau Claire's faculty in 1987 as a lecturer in the English department. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 1994. She also has taught courses in the Women's Studies program, including a class titled "U.S. Women's Experience: Gender, Race and Class."

Larson said she was impressed with Hale's strong understanding of the campus and regional cultures. And Hale's work in areas relating to social issues, including gender and race, will be valuable to the affirmative action office, Larson said, noting that Hale's literary research interests also include issues of social class.

"The combination of Dr. Hale's academic experiences, her areas of interest and research, and her understanding of the campus and region will make her a capable and highly effective interim director of Affirmative Action," Larson said.

The ultimate goal of affirmative action connects beautifully with the values of a liberal education, Hale said of her interest in affirmative action.

"I like to think of affirmative action, the concept and the practice, as a tool that we can use to create a more just society," Hale said. "Thus, I see the practice of affirmative action on our campus as simply one of many ways that we strive for excellence — characterized in this case by a campus culture that seeks to nurture and empower all its members, and that seeks, insomuch as it lies within our power, to create a diverse and rich campus culture that more closely mirrors humanity."

As UW-Eau Claire's affirmative action officer, Hale will oversee and coordinate all of the university's efforts to achieve its goals in the areas of equal opportunity in employment and advancement, affirmative action and the attainment of campus diversity.

Her duties will include ensuring compliance with federal, state and System policies and regulations relating to nondiscrimination and affirmative action; coordinating the university's response for information from System legal counsel and/or the Office of the Attorney General; investigating complaints of harassment and discrimination from students, faculty and staff; providing information to the campus community about affirmative action, discrimination, harassment and the campus climate for diversity; ensuring that recruiting of faculty and staff is carried out fairly; and coordinating the Visiting Minority Scholar/Artist-in-Residence Program.

Hale has served on a number of departmental, university and UW System committees, including the Women's Studies Curriculum and Liaison committees, the university's Academic Grievance Committee, the English department's Composition Committee, and the UW System's Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts. She also was a UW-Eau Claire representative to the UW System's Academic Staff Category B Gender/Race Equity Committee.
A member of several campus and community organizations, Hale has been active in the Staff and Faculty for Peace & Justice, the Wisconsin Stewardship Network and Northern Thunder. She has served as faculty adviser for the student organizations Campus Greens and College Feminists.

Hale earned her bachelor's degree from Milligan College, and her master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

"I earned my B.A. at a small private liberal arts college; this experience greatly shaped the woman and the teacher I have become," Hale said.

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