The 2000s - Part 1
The Office for University Women and the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity hosted the national teleconference ''Women's Lives, Women's Voices, Women's Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in Higher Education'' in March 2000. The teleconference focused on the needs and issues of women workers, teachers, and students at U.S. colleges and universities, and explored solutions to the challenges women face in higher education.
In 2000, H. Jeanie Taylor was hired as the first permanent director of the Office for University Women. Under Taylor's leadership, the office coordinated local and national implementation of the National Agenda for Women in Higher Education that was produced at the 2000 teleconference.
In 2001, The University Women of Color Network (UWOC) was established and facilitated by the Office for University Women. UWOC supported connections among students, staff, and faculty women of color at the University of Minnesota; it sponsored events to increase cross-cultural understanding and recognition of the contributions of women of color to the University.
In 2003, Claire Walter-Marchetti was hired as interim director of the Office for University Women. At this time, the use of the name the Minnesota Women's Center is discontinued, and the undergraduate and graduate student focus of the Center are incorporated into programming developed under the Office for University Women.