The Committee on Women's Studies submitted a proposal to Dean Rosovsky yesterday calling for immediate steps to be taken toward the establishment of a women's studies program at Harvard.
The Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) voted yesterday in favor of only that part of the women's committee proposal that calls for an investigation of the problem, although the Educational Resources Group, a student body that advises the Faculty Council, decided to endorse the entire recommendation on Wednesday.
The women's committee specifically proposed that:
*Rosovsky appoint a committee consisting of six students, five faculty members and one administrator, and that at least one of the students belong to the women's committee;
* This committee investigate the need for women's studies, remedy present deficiencies in the field at Harvard, and study the possible establishment of a concentration;
* The University hire a visiting professor in women's studies for 1978-9, and that a grant system be established to encourage current faculty members to work in the field.
The CUE supported only the proposed investigation of a women's studies program, with the modification that the investigating committee define the field and make recommendations on its findings, William T. Gerson '78, a CUE member, said yesterday.
Brad Behrman '78, another CUE member, said yesterday that the CUE did not vote on the rest of the proposal because members felt it would be improper to recommend action before the question had been studied.
Rosovsky was unavailable for comment last night.
Mary Stokes '78, a member of the committee on Women's Studies, said yesterday that it is unfortunate that the CUE did not endorse the whole proposal because "it is clear to us in the committee that there is a need for action," but that even a partial recommendation is "a positive step."
She added that the CUE decision would not affect the proposal as submitted to Rosovsky.
The women's committee will distribute petitions supporting the proposal in the Houses over the next few days, according to Laura Orgel '79, another committee member. Orgel added that even if Rosovsky begins an investigation, the women's committee will continue to exist to work for a feminist perspective in the investigation.
She said the women's committee has not officially decided whether to recommend a degree-granting committee for women's studies or a department, an issue which has divided the group all year
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