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EEO Specialists Tackle Issues, Share Ideas at 3-Day Retreat at SMCM

July 14, 2010
Press Release #10-137


St. Mary's College of Maryland hosted 110 state Equal Employment Opportunity specialists this week at their annual retreat July 12-14, where they tackled such issues as sexual harassment prevention, workplace violence, and mental health in the workplace, and listened to speakers Glynis Watford, Statewide EEO Coordinator; Eloise Foster, Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management; Georgia Brady, Administrative Law Judge; and state Attorney General Douglas Gansler.

Participants were welcomed Monday by Joseph Urgo, college president, and Thomas Botzman, college vice president. This is the second time in recent years the college has been the site of the annual three-day training retreat, which is a chance for the enforcers of worker rights across the state of Maryland to share ideas and successes. "We were proud to host the first statewide EEO Retreat in 2008, and the 2010 EEO Retreat,  and look forward to continuing to host the EEO Retreat in the coming years," said Melvin "Mac" McClintock, EEO Officer for the college.

"The goals of this retreat," said EEO Coordinator Watford, "are to strengthen our professional knowledge and to unite us in our dedication to the enforcement of the state's EEO Program." The theme, she added, is WorkSmart, "to reflect our efforts to develop and enhance our skills and knowledge, and rely on the many talented resources available within our state government."

Gansler, who is up for re-election this fall, talked about his efforts to raise the number of minorities in the attorney general's office.  "When I came, there were 427 lawyers in the attorney general's office. Of that, 12 were African-American, 2 were Asian, and 1 was Latino." Gansler also is proud of his work to create a lacrosse league in Baltimore for minority children ages 5-9. Gansler played lacrosse in high school and college, and continues to play when he can.

Brady, one of 62 judges who travel the state to hear discrimination cases, told the group she remembers well when women were paid far less than men in the workplace. Why was this tolerated and now is not? "People like you don't tolerate it anymore, lawyers don't tolerate it anymore. Keep on not tolerating it," she told the EEO officials.

Secretary Foster gave an overview of the State Budget for FY 2011, speaking of the challenges of diminished revenues the state faces.  She charged the EEO Retreat participants to continue to build their knowledge and to train the state's workforce with the goal of preventing inequities among state employees and the citizens they serve.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest four-year graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2010 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team champions.


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