COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to the improvement of Clarion University women, regardless of age, race, class, ethnicity, disabilities, and/or sexual orientation.
Established in 1983 as a subcommittee of the Affirmative Action Committee, the group achieved commission status in 1989 by state mandate. The establishment of the commission responded to the need for an organization dedicated to equity for women, as well as a philosophy of social, political, and economic equality.
Among the programs the commission has developed to address the diverse needs of women at Clarion are:
1. The Returning Adult and Commuting Students (RACS) Center
2. The Women's Studies Program and minor
3. The original Sexual Harassment Committee, now a presidential commission
4. The annual Women's Conference
The commission sponsors the Women's Conference, which is open to the community and provides scholarly discussions of topical issues, experimental workshops from a variety of multicultural perspectives, performing and visual arts opportunities for women, and a celebration of shared camaraderie.
In addition to the Women's Conference, the commission provides consciousness-raising on, and support of, a broad range of women's issues through sponsorship, films, lectures, and workshops presented throughout the academic year. Topics for these events have included issues of:
2. Sexual orientation
3. African-American women's perspectives
4. Acquaintance rape
5. Violence against women
6. Sports equity
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women serves as a programming and advisory body that examines equity issues and monitors university policy. In this monitoring role, the commission seeks to ensure that the university and all of its constituencies are in compliance with nondiscrimination policies.
The Sexual Assault Network comprises community and university members committed to ending sexual violence in the community. The Sexual Assault Network includes representatives from the state and local police, SAFE, Passages, and Clarion University students, faculty, and administrators.
Among the programs the Sexual Assault Network has sponsored are STAND: A Community Opposes Sexual Assault (a series of presentations on sexual assault), Break the Silence Week, the Clothesline project, Men Speak Out about Sexual Assault, and the fraternity Violence Education Project.
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, along with support from the Alumni Engagement office and the Career & Professional Development Center, is hosting "Women inspiring Women for Career Success" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. The commission has invited representative Clarion alumni, who are working in a variety of professional fields to serve as speakers and panelists for discussion. They include a special educator/speech pathologist, business woman, medical school student, sociologist, professor and nurse practitioner.
The following Clarion University alumni will serve as speakers and panelists for the Women Inspiring Women for Career Success event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room.
Lindsay Banner is a vice president of MuniCap, Inc., where she has served more than 11 years and has assisted with the preparation of financial projections, public financial applications, documentation for governmental approvals, and implementation of financial programs for numerous projects. In her position, Banner actively manages more than 40 differing active large-scale, catalytic development projects and actively participates in all aspects of the financial structuring of each deal from conception to capitalization and implementation.
Since 2008, Banner has assisted in providing more than 80 developers and municipalities access to nearly $800 million in capital for construction of public infrastructure through the issuance, refunding, or restructuring of special district bonds. In 2015, Banner began spearheading MuniCap's growth in the Texas market, while fostering growth in the mid-Atlantic and New England, the primary location of her clients. In 2017, Banner relocated to the firm's Texas office to assist in the operational and expansion of the company's footprint in Texas and greater southwestern market. Clients include public entities such as the City of Baltimore, City of East Providence, Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and the Mathis Economic Development Corporation, as well as private entities such as Walton International, Gaylord, Corporate Office Properties Trust, and Howard Hughes Company.
Ms. Banner is a graduate of Clarion University where she graduated summa cum laude from the Honor's Program with a B.S.B.A. degree in international business, personal finance, and economics and a minor in French. Banner focused her undergraduate thesis on microfinance, emerging stock markets, and economic development correlating her research to exposure gained to these markets during her Semester at Sea study abroad experience. While attending Clarion University, Banner was a four-year varsity volleyball player and was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American her senior year. Also during her time at Clarion University, Banner was an active member of the Financial Management Association, Real Estate Association and Political Economy Clubs.
In 2013, Banner graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, with a Master of Science in real estate from the Edward St. John Real Estate Program of the Carey Business School. She served on inaugural committee for the Urban Land Institute – Baltimore, Women's Leadership Initiative. Banner currently serves on the Clarion University College of Business and Information Sciences Advisory Council and the Clarion University Center for Career and Professional Development Advisory Council. In addition, she is active in the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Council, the Association of Public Finance Professionals, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society, and is a guest speaker for several industry related organizations. In 2018, Banner began instructing at Clarion University as a temporary professor in the Finance Department.
As the founder and school director of Clarion Center for the Arts since 2013, BreAnna Liberto has been channeling her love for the performing arts as an entrepreneur, providing kids the opportunity to become compassionate, confident and creative young leaders through dance, music and theatre.
With a team of instructors, choreographers and directors, Clarion Center for the Arts produces three dance performances, two music recitals, two junior musicals, and other showcases each year.
Liberto is also the founder of Project Ignite Creative Arts Camp, a week-long summer camp where students participate in workshops for dance, music, theatre, painting, writing and more, culminating with a Friday night showcase for friends and family.
Liberto opened Clarion Center for the Arts as a 19-year-old sophomore in college studying small business management at Clarion University. Despite her busy life as an entrepreneur, Liberto has found time to perform in professional theatre productions with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, serve as program manager for International Music Session's summer music intensive in East Hampton, NY, and be an active member of the Artists Striving to End Poverty Leaders Network.
Liberto lives near Pittsburgh with her amazing husband and the cutest boxer puppy in the world.
Shannon Myers is a first-year medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a recent graduate from Clarion University. She plans to become a neurologist when she graduates, but is keeping her eyes open to all fields of medicine.
Hope Warner is a 2010 Clarion University graduate with her master's degree in speech language pathology.
She was employed by the Riverview Intermediate Unit as a school-based speech language pathologist for six years before moving into the role of a Supervisor of Special Education for the last three years.
She is currently pursuing her principal certification through IUP. Hope plays an active role in the Clarion community, coaching a variety of Special Olympics sports, serving on the Special Olympics management team.
Her family was nominated as the Family Ambassadors for the United Way of Clarion County, and has recently become involved in the Clarion County Democrats (as her husband, Conrad, is running for state office).
Aimee Zellers, Ph.D.
Aimee Zellers earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees from Clarion University in 2008, double majoring in history and philosophy.
While at Clarion, she played soccer, was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, president of UAB, and student member to the Council of Trustees.
She furthered her education at Duquesne University with a Master of Arts in philosophy (2010) and a Ph.D. in Healthcare Ethics (2015). She is currently an assistant professor in the Humanities Department at Carlow University, where she served as the Michele R. Atkins Endowed Chair for Ethics Across the Curriculum (2013 – 2016).
In addition to her work in academia, Zellers also serves as clinical ethics consultant at UPMC Mercy and as an ethics committee member for LIFE Pittsburgh.