Welcome from State Coordinator

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network. We work in concert with the ACE Office of Inclusive Excellence Group nationally to identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support (IDEALS) women in higher education.

221A5296Our network, established in 1978, was recognized nationally in 2005 by the ACE Office of Women in Higher Education and again in 2016 when we received the National ACE State Network Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education.

Professional development, networking, mentoring, advocacy, and support for women in Michigan’s higher education system are provided through the network. The theme of the 2018 annual conference, “Make a Difference: Leading in a Climate of Change,” summarizes our focus for this year. The MI-ACE network is very active and I encourage each of you to find your niche and participate.

  • The Public Policy Initiative of the MI-ACE Network seeks to create the opportunity for dialogue and to study, evaluate and advocate for opportunities that improve the institutional culture and professional environment for women and their families.
  • The Women of Color Collaborative strengthens the goal of MI-ACE by enhancing the advancement and success of women of color in higher education leadership roles in Michigan.
  • Our Institutional Representatives, appointed by their presidents, are the link to member campuses where they provide leadership and develop personally as women leaders.
  • Members on the executive board assist in developing, promoting, supporting, and recognizing other women who are making a difference in higher education through official programming and informal communications.

I take great pride in serving as your state coordinator as we continue to enhance existing and grow new initiatives that will strengthen the programs we provide. Working together, we are extremely committed to meeting the diverse and inclusive needs of all of our members, which include administrators, faculty and staff members from public and private, two-year and four-year institutions.

I look forward to meeting you and, once again, thank you for allowing me to serve you as your state coordinator. It is indeed an honor.

Claudia Douglass
Vice Provost, Central Michigan University