President's Commission on the Status of University Women

In the fall of 2011, President Waded Cruzado announced the formation of the President's Commission on the Status of University Women at Montana State University. The 28-member commission was created to study, evaluate and advise the president on issues related to diversity and gender equity.

Through meetings each semester, and the monthly meetings of sub-committees, the commission will identify institutional strategies to improve campus climate, alleviate the isolation of women in academic and work units through hiring and retention initiatives, and accommodate the needs of diverse workers.

President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award

Montana State University is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women Award. This award is designed to honor an individual (faculty or staff leader) who has established a record of working to improve issues related to gender, equity, and diversity on any of MSU’s four campuses.


Nominations can be made by submitting names and a short reason (maximum of three sentences) for nomination to The deadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 p.m., October 31. Nominated individuals will be asked to provide a one‐page narrative describing their work in this area and a current vita.


The award recipient will be recognized at MSU’s Spring Convocation.



In an advisory capacity, the Commission evaluates and works to improve issues related to gender equity and diversity on Montana State University’s four campuses.
It is the Commission's pledge to facilitate the creation and sustainability of an environment of accountability, integrity, and optimism through collaboration between and among the MSU campuses, ensuring an atmosphere of equity, support, and balance.

Through its continued efforts, the Commission will work toward the discovery and elimination of institutional barriers to the success of women and inspire women to become leaders, problem solvers, and innovators making meaningful contributions to MSU, the state of Montana, and society at large.


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