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Connie Tingson Gatuz

Connie Tingson Gatuz, PhD

State Chair, MI-ACE Women’s Network

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Associate Vice President for Student Life

University of Michigan

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It is with immense pleasure and enthusiasm that I extend my warmest welcome as the State Chair of the MI-ACE Women’s Network. Your trust and confidence in me to lead the Network is both an honor and a responsibility that I hold with utmost dedication. On behalf of our entire Executive Board, may I extend heartfelt gratitude for your engagement and support for the Network. A warm and enthusiastic welcome to you!

As we stand on the cusp of new beginnings and opportunities, I want to take this moment to acknowledge the incredible work that has been accomplished by our Board of Directors, Institutional Representatives, volunteers, and leaders over the years. Your unwavering commitment to our shared values and principles has paved the way for our organization’s success and growth.

The MI-ACE Women’s Network is intricately connected to forty-three other state networks, all linked through our affiliation with the national ACE Inclusive Excellence Group and its ACE Women’s Network Executive Council. Our roots trace back to 1978 when MI-ACE was established as one of the pioneering state networks in the nation, a distinction we hold with pride. For decades, we have been the unwavering voice of women in higher education in Michigan.

In these times of rapid change and the multitude of challenges we collectively face, the need for women leaders in higher education has never been more pressing. We recognize the immense value that diverse perspectives and the wealth of talent from all gender identities bring to the forefront. The voices of women in management and policy-making roles are indispensable, and our Network's mission revolves around providing avenues for professional growth, networking, collaboration, and engagement. Our aim is to cultivate an ever-expanding reservoir of talent for Michigan campuses. Through strong connections with other professional domains, peer mentoring, and a comprehensive range of programs, we empower our members to achieve remarkable career milestones, thereby fortifying the thriving of our academic institutions. MI-ACE stands as a stalwart advocate for higher education and for women within it.

If your institution is already a part of our Network, you are already aware of the positive force that it represents, the advocacy it upholds, and the pride it takes in fostering the advancement of women professionals. For those institutions that are yet to join our ranks, I extend a heartfelt invitation to become a member, joining the 45+ Michigan higher education colleges and universities that have already recognized the value of being part of this premier professional network for women across the state. Institutional membership provides immeasurable benefits to the women on your campus.

Explore our website further, find us on Facebook, and add us on LinkedIn, delving into the myriad opportunities for engagement, distinctive programs, valuable services, and esteemed awards that await you. Take a moment to peruse our Network’s offerings, which include Institutional Representatives, the Distinguished Women’s Award (DWA), Public Policy initiatives, the Women of Color Collaborative (WOCC), and an array of Professional Development initiatives.

In conclusion, whether you are a returning colleague or a fresh face, please know that you are most welcome here. Feel free to reach out at any time. I can think of nothing more rewarding than engaging with you to discuss the incredible potential of MI-ACE and what it can bring to your journey in the upcoming year.

Warm regards,

Connie Tingson Gatuz, Ph.D.

State Chair

Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network

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MI-ACE Women’s History Month Acknowledgement

For the month of March MI-ACE acknowledges Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and Equal Pay day.   We salute the accomplishments and leadership of women all over the world, in all walks of life, in all occupations and all areas impacting women. We salute past and present courageous women who moved the needle when it wasn’t safe and or fashionable to do so.  As women, and those who identify as women, our strength and compassion has made a difference in our lives, the lives of our families, communities, the country and internationally.  To all the members and supporters of MI-ACE thank you for helping to advance and support women in higher education.  Women Matter! LBGTQ+ Matter! (https://womenshistorymonth.gov/)

International Women’s Day (IWD) is March 8, 2023.  The United Nation Women and United Nations theme is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender Equality.  On March 8th please wear one or all of the (IWD) colors purple (justice and dignity), green (hope) or white (purity). (https://www.unwomen.org/en)

Equal Pay Day is March 14, 2023. According to AAUW, Equal pay Day denotes how far into the year women must work to be paid what men were paid the previous year.  The gender pay gap is 84% for full-time women workers and 77% for all women workers (including part-time and seasonal) for every dollar paid to white males. Equal Pay Day is not the same for all women. Equal Pay is more than one day of national recognition. Below are opportunities to recognize the dates and unequal pay of different groups of women throughout the year.

  • LGBTQIA+ Equal Pay Awareness Day is June 15. Without enough data to make calculations, this day raises awareness about the wage gap experienced by LGBTQIA+ folks.
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is July 27. Black women are paid 67% and 64% of every dollar paid to white men.
  • Moms’ Equal Pay Day is August15. Moms are paid 74% and 62% of every dollar paid to dads.
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 5. Latinas are paid 57% and 54% of every dollar paid to white men.
  • Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is November 30. Native women are paid 57% and 51% of every dollar paid to white men.
  • Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Pay Day is TBD. Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 92% and 80% of every dollar paid to white men. (https://www.aauw.org/resources/article/equal-pay-day-calendar/)

Institutional Representatives of MI-ACE member institutions have organized campus activities with staff, students and institution leaders, including wearing red, speaker events, salary negotiation workshops, and social media awareness campaigns. Following is 

We have so much to celebrate this month.  Take the time to view the links, read the rich history, and acknowledge the sung and unsung women in higher education all beyond.

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Established in 1844, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts institution located in south-central Michigan. The College remains dedicated to its academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. From enrollment to graduation, Olivet College is committed to each student’s personal, academic and career success. www.olivetcollege.edu

For immediate release - September 30, 2021

Linda Logan, Ph.D., Named Chair of Michigan ACE Women’s Network

OLIVET, Mich. — Linda Logan, Ph.D., vice president and chief inclusion officer at Olivet College, has been named the chair of the Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) Women’s Network. Previously, Dr. Logan spent three years as the MI-ACE Women’s Network state chair elect. She also served as the co-chair of the Public Policy Committee, co-chair of the Institutional Representatives Committee, and on the MI-ACE Women’s Network Executive Board of Directors. In addition, Dr. Logan chaired the MI-ACE Women’s Network Conference in 2018 and 2019 and has led Equal Pay Day for Women events for many years. 

“In our rapidly changing world with numerous challenges affecting us all, we need women leaders in higher education,” Dr. Logan said. “We need the diversity of thought and the abundance of talent all gender identities bring to the table. MI-ACE envisions and strives to contribute to an open and just higher education environment in which all share their talents and voices equally. Diverse voices in management and policymaking are vital, and it is our Network's mission to offer the professional development, networking, partnerships and engagement opportunities that provide an ever-increasing pool of talent to our Michigan campuses. It is an honor to serve as the state chair.”

The Michigan American Council on Education is the professional network for Michigan women in higher education. The MI-ACE works in concert with the ACE Women’s Network nationally to identify, develop, encourage, advance, link and support (IDEALS) women in higher education. Professional development, networking, mentoring, advocacy, and support for women in Michigan’s higher education system are provided through the network.

Linda Logan, Ph.D.

Linda Logan, Ph.D., has served Olivet College for more than 20 years, presently as the vice president and chief inclusion officer. Dr. Logan’s responsibilities include education, training, engaging in research, and assisting in selecting talent and implementing programs that promote inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and opportunity.

Dr. Logan first came to Olivet College as the director of the criminal justice program and an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. In 2001, she transitioned to chair of the Social Science Department while maintaining her role of assistant professor. Later, Dr. Logan held the position of vice president and dean of student life, and professor of sociology. She still continues to teach in her current role. She has decades of experience in counseling, research, conflict resolution, wellness program development, teaching, and higher education leadership, paired with a passion for relationship building and mentorship.

Dr. Logan holds a doctorate in family and child ecology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saginaw Valley State University.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admission at 800-456-7189 or [email protected].

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