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Commission on the Status of Women

Function

  • To advise the president and executive vice president, to gather data, and to make policy recommendations on all issues relevant to women, including but not limited to:
    • Matters pertaining to all women at the University, including but not limited to, advancement and leadership, safety, childcare, and anti-discrimination/harassment practices.
    • Matters pertaining to women employees such as job opportunities, hiring practices, career advancement, salary equity, appointments to key committees in leadership roles, family medical leave, and other benefits.
    • Matters pertaining to women graduate, professional, and undergraduate students such as admission practices, awarding of financial aid, graduation rates, fellowships and assistantships, advising practices, and housing.
  • To establish close working relationships with other groups on campus and in the community working in areas related to the status of women to include, but not limited to the Office for Equal Opportunity, Associated Students of WSU, Association for Faculty Women, the Faculty Senate, Coalition for Women Students, Commission on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Graduate School, Human Resource Services, the Office of Equity and Diversity, Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, Governor’s Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Women’s Resource Center, and Commission on Campus Climate
  • To prepare and disseminate an annual report every summer, to be disseminated no later than June 30, advising the president and executive vice president of the current year’s accomplishments, recommendations, and data collected. This annual report is compiled by each Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) subcommittee and provided to the chair by June 15 of each year. After presentation to the president and executive vice president CSW publishes the report online to advise the WSU community.
  • To recommend to the president and executive vice president courses of appropriate action to enhance the status of women and to address inequities in outcomes and/or opportunities for women

Composition and tenure

The president appoints the WSU Commission on the Status of Women voting body. The commission recommends nominees for membership to the president in April of each year. The membership consists of a total of 25 voting members, with a minimum of 16 from the Pullman campus, 1 from the Tri-Cities campus, 1 from the Vancouver campus, 1 from the Spokane campus, and the remaining 6 from any of the previously mentioned constituencies, and/or learning centers, extension offices, or any other WSU statewide locations–and non-voting, ex officio members representing other WSU constituencies

Voting members

Pullman campus

  • 16 members from faculty, administrative/professional, and classified staff, with no fewer than 2 from each of the 3 categories, with 2-year terms (F-A/P-S)
  • 4 students from the following: 2 undergraduates and 2 graduate professional (G-U)

Regional campus

  • 1 member from each campus. Each campus may assemble a committee comprised of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and administrative/professional members to address women’s issues on their campus.
  • Such a committee will elect from its membership 1 representative (from any category) to serve as the voting CSW member. (F-A/P-G-U)

Variable positions (any campus)

  • 6 variable positions to be elected from available applicants in any mentioned constituencies, and/or learning centers, extension offices, or any other WSU statewide location

The chair is elected annually by the membership of the commission.

 

Committee
membership

Beardslee, Amanda
FS Clark Hall Bus Ctr.
Chair
Committee term end: 2017

Neuilly, Melanie-Angela
Criminal Justice
Past-Chair
Committee term end: 2017

Cooper, Catherine
School of the Environment
Chair-Elect
Committee term end: 2017

Austing, Chris
Grad Student
Committe term end: 2018

Bell, April
Tri-Cities
EEO Liaison
Committee term end: 2018

Campbell, Holly
Student Conduct
Public relations
Committee term end: 2016

Carlson Nicol, Erica
Libraries
Committee term end: 2016

Clark, Heidi
Athletics
Committee term end: 2018

Davison, Heather
Finance and Administration
Committee term end: 2017

Finnestead, Nikki
Health and Wellness Services
Committee term end: 2017

Foster, Keith
Mathematics
Committee term end: 2017

Gaither, Kari Ann
Pharmacy
Committee term end: 2017

Griffin, Jill
Global Animal Health
Membership coordinator
Committee term end: 2017

Harris, Kathryn
GPSA
Committee term end: 2017

Jones, Lisa
Veterinary Medicine
Committee term end: 2017

Lightner, Lindsay
Tri-Cities
Committee term end: 2017

Mays, Robin
Tri-Cities English
Committee term end: 2018

Morton, Sarah
Sociology Grad Student
Committee term end: 2017

Phariss, Kelsey
Undergrad
Committee term end: 2017

Sam, Sina
Global Campus
Committee term end: 2017

Scourey, Joy
Student Financial Services
Committee term end: 2017

Southwick, Jaqueline
Student Financial Services
Committee term end: N/A

Thoma, Pamela
Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies
Committee term end: 2017

Watson, Jillian
English
Committee term end: 2017

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