Membership & Volunteer Information

Become a Member

Each spring, nominations to the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) are solicited of both faculty and staff for appointment consideration to the commission. Faculty and staff may self-nominate or they may nominate others who are then encouraged to apply.  The list of nominees is then presented to the President in April. The President appoints members for a three-year term (up to three terms possible), to begin August 1. 

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COSW members are expected to attend at least 8 of 11 general body meetings. In addition, they are expected to actively serve on at least one committee.

Committees meet at the end of the general body meetings and meet in person and via email between general body meetings.



Volunteer with the Commission on the Status of Women! The Commission loves volunteers!  We are always looking for help or assistance on events, initiatives and special projects that we undertake.  If you're interested in volunteering send an email to the Chair at  . 

Details of the COSW committees

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is a standing committee and will be responsible for the dissemination and publication of COSW information to the membership and the university community.  Items the committee will develop and maintain can include the following:

  • Website, social media, and calendar
  • Annual goals and report of accomplishments
  • Nomination and new membership information
  • Meetings, elections, and regular business
  • Commission events

Committee on Representation, Recruitment and Retention  

The Committee on Representation, Recruitment, and Retention will promote gender balance in all employee categories and support programs in career development and mentoring for women.  The committee will assist in the implementation of the recommendations of the 1994 Task Force regarding the hiring of women, promotion of women to administrative/managerial positions, and the mentoring of women in preparation for more senior positions.  

Committee on Integration of Work and Family

The university shall acknowledge the importance of balance in the lives of its employees.   This shall include respect for the importance of family and community.  This respect shall be demonstrated through the development and implementation of policies with humane concern for personal and family values and responsibilities.  This climate will foster equally the achievements of women and men.  The committee on the integration of work and family will monitor these various policies including the quality of benefits such as health insurance, leave policies, child care programs, and tuition subsidies for children. This committee will also be responsible for the development of programs/workshops to be held on an annual basis to address current topics related to the integration of work and family.

Committee on Campus Climate

The Committee on Campus Environment will monitor the university’s provision of a safe and secure environment for all members of the campus community and will play an active role in maintaining this environment through direct participation in programs and services. This includes COSW’s continued partnership with the Department of Public Safety, the Prevention, Education, Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC) program, and the Women’s Center. The facets of a safe and secure environment include physical security, sexual harassment policy and training, and women’s advocacy programs.