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Kathleen Laurila

Wrong Kathleen Laurila?

Part-Time Position of Coordinator

Women
 
Background

Employment History

  • Part-Time Position of Coordinator
    Women's Issues
  • UW-Stout

Education

  • Commercial and Interior Design
    University of Minnesota
  • Master's degree , Journalism
Web References
Stoutonia Online
stoutonia.uwstout.edu, 19 Oct 2005 [cached]
Kathleen Laurila was hired to the new part-time position of Coordinator of Women's Issues this fall.Growing up, she was discriminated against because of her gender and today she fights to ensure that all women have equal opportunities.
The aptitude test that Kathleen Laurila took in ninth grade said that she should be an architect.Her guidance counselor convinced her to look into interior design instead because it simply wasn't acceptable for a girl to participate in the male-dominated architecture field.
"I didn't think twice about it then," Laurila said."But I began to wonder why it had to be that way."
Laurila agreed to go into interior design, and negotiated that she be allowed to take drafting classes to help get a better grasp of the field.Surrounded by only boys, she thrived.
Ever since then, Laurila has been striving to improve other women's issues.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Commercial and Interior Design, she started her own business in Des Moines, Iowa and later received her Master's degree in Journalism.
In her free time, the young entrepreneur advocated for non-profit subjects such as women's status, energy, peace, national security and the environment.Today, at the age of 60, she still loves to get out and hike the hidden trails that cannot be explored by car.
From 1990 to 1994, Laurila used her interior design skills on a job for Planned Parenthood.During that time period, doctors and patients of abortion clinics across the country were being attacked; the clinic she worked for received federal protection around the clock.She designed ways to make the building safer, such as using bulletproof glass in certain locations.
In 1999, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) conducted a survey on all University of Wisconsin-System campuses and created suggestions for the improvement of women's issues.This summer, UW-Stout hired Laurila to the part-time position of Coordinator for Women's Issues, and is in charge of implementing the AAUW's suggestions.
...
In addition to her design work, Laurila has participated in the International Federation of University Women, worked through the United Nations to deal with various societies' viewpoints on women and written about women's issues.
...
One area of concern for Laurila is the number of females in majors that are generally male-dominated, such as construction, applied math, packaging and technological education.
...
In order to help boost the number of girls enrolling in these programs, Laurila organized campus orientation sessions for seventh, eigth and nineth graders.
Another of Laurila's concerns is equal opportunity for females to participate in university sports.
"When I was in high school, I was the sports editor for the school newspaper because girls weren't allowed to play," Laurila said.With twinkling eyes she adds, "I joked around about being the first woman sports reporter."
...
"I would like to hear directly from the students on campus and find out what their concerns are," Laurila said.
Stoutonia Online
stoutonia.uwstout.edu, 8 June 2002 [cached]
Kathleen Laurila was hired to the new part-time position of Coordinator of Women's Issues this fall.Growing up, she was discriminated against because of her gender and today she fights to ensure that all women have equal opportunities.
The aptitude test that Kathleen Laurila took in ninth grade said that she should be an architect.Her guidance counselor convinced her to look into interior design instead because it simply wasn't acceptable for a girl to participate in the male-dominated architecture field.
"I didn't think twice about it then," Laurila said."But I began to wonder why it had to be that way."
Laurila agreed to go into interior design, and negotiated that she be allowed to take drafting classes to help get a better grasp of the field.Surrounded by only boys, she thrived.
Ever since then, Laurila has been striving to improve other women's issues.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Commercial and Interior Design, she started her own business in Des Moines, Iowa and later received her Master's degree in Journalism.
In her free time, the young entrepreneur advocated for non-profit subjects such as women's status, energy, peace, national security and the environment.Today, at the age of 60, she still loves to get out and hike the hidden trails that cannot be explored by car.
From 1990 to 1994, Laurila used her interior design skills on a job for Planned Parenthood.During that time period, doctors and patients of abortion clinics across the country were being attacked; the clinic she worked for received federal protection around the clock.She designed ways to make the building safer, such as using bulletproof glass in certain locations.
In 1999, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) conducted a survey on all University of Wisconsin-System campuses and created suggestions for the improvement of women's issues.This summer, UW-Stout hired Laurila to the part-time position of Coordinator for Women's Issues, and is in charge of implementing the AAUW's suggestions.
...
In addition to her design work, Laurila has participated in the International Federation of University Women, worked through the United Nations to deal with various societies' viewpoints on women and written about women's issues.
...
One area of concern for Laurila is the number of females in majors that are generally male-dominated, such as construction, applied math, packaging and technological education.
...
In order to help boost the number of girls enrolling in these programs, Laurila organized campus orientation sessions for seventh, eigth and nineth graders.
Another of Laurila's concerns is equal opportunity for females to participate in university sports.
"When I was in high school, I was the sports editor for the school newspaper because girls weren't allowed to play," Laurila said.With twinkling eyes she adds, "I joked around about being the first woman sports reporter."
Currently, there are a greater number of male participants and a greater number of male coaches.A comparison of the amount spent on recruitment to the amount of revenue generated shows that the boys received a disproportionately higher amount of funding.
This November, UW-Stout hosted a conference for the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL).Laurila hopes to establish a joint chapter between UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley.WWHEL provides females with leadership opportunities.
...
"I would like to hear directly from the students on campus and find out what their concerns are," Laurila said."I don't know what I'll do, but I'll definitely be taking a look at things."
Stoutonia Online
stoutonia.uwstout.edu, 18 Feb 2002 [cached]
Kathleen Laurila was hired to the new part-time position of Coordinator of Women's Issues this fall.Growing up, she was discriminated against because of her gender and today she fights to ensure that all women have equal opportunities.
The aptitude test that Kathleen Laurila took in ninth grade said that she should be an architect.Her guidance counselor convinced her to look into interior design instead because it simply wasn't acceptable for a girl to participate in the male-dominated architecture field.
"I didn't think twice about it then," Laurila said."But I began to wonder why it had to be that way."
Laurila agreed to go into interior design, and negotiated that she be allowed to take drafting classes to help get a better grasp of the field.Surrounded by only boys, she thrived.
Ever since then, Laurila has been striving to improve other women's issues.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Commercial and Interior Design, she started her own business in Des Moines, Iowa and later received her Master's degree in Journalism.
In her free time, the young entrepreneur advocated for non-profit subjects such as women's status, energy, peace, national security and the environment.Today, at the age of 60, she still loves to get out and hike the hidden trails that cannot be explored by car.
From 1990 to 1994, Laurila used her interior design skills on a job for Planned Parenthood.During that time period, doctors and patients of abortion clinics across the country were being attacked; the clinic she worked for received federal protection around the clock.She designed ways to make the building safer, such as using bulletproof glass in certain locations.
In 1999, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) conducted a survey on all University of Wisconsin-System campuses and created suggestions for the improvement of women's issues.This summer, UW-Stout hired Laurila to the part-time position of Coordinator for Women's Issues, and is in charge of implementing the AAUW's suggestions.
...
In addition to her design work, Laurila has participated in the International Federation of University Women, worked through the United Nations to deal with various societies' viewpoints on women and written about women's issues.
...
One area of concern for Laurila is the number of females in majors that are generally male-dominated, such as construction, applied math, packaging and technological education.
...
In order to help boost the number of girls enrolling in these programs, Laurila organized campus orientation sessions for seventh, eigth and nineth graders.
Another of Laurila's concerns is equal opportunity for females to participate in university sports.
"When I was in high school, I was the sports editor for the school newspaper because girls weren't allowed to play," Laurila said.With twinkling eyes she adds, "I joked around about being the first woman sports reporter."
Currently, there are a greater number of male participants and a greater number of male coaches.A comparison of the amount spent on recruitment to the amount of revenue generated shows that the boys received a disproportionately higher amount of funding.
This November, UW-Stout hosted a conference for the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL).Laurila hopes to establish a joint chapter between UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley.WWHEL provides females with leadership opportunities.
...
"I would like to hear directly from the students on campus and find out what their concerns are," Laurila said."I don't know what I'll do, but I'll definitely be taking a look at things."
Stoutonia Online
stoutonia.uwstout.edu, 8 June 2003 [cached]
Kathleen Laurila Coordinator for Women's Issues at UW-Stout
Stoutonia Online
stoutonia.uwstout.edu, 4 Oct 2002 [cached]
Kathleen Laurila Coordinator for Women's Issues at UW-Stout
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