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.


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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Upcoming Workshop 

How to Write a Winning Nomination for Student Scholarships and Awards

Wednesday, October 21, JJ College of Business and Entrepreneurship 207~ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Light snacks and drinks provided.  RSVP not required.

Presenters: Ilse-Mari Lee, Dean of the Honors College and Betsy Danforth, Women’s Center.

Join us for this session on how to write a winning nomination letter for students for scholarships and awards.  Ilse-Mari, who has had tremendous success in writing these letters for students will provide tips for letter writers. Betsy will discuss inclusive, unbiased language in letters of support and nominations.  Those writing faculty nominations for the upcoming October awards may find this session of value as well. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and the President’s Commission on the Status of University Women. 


Ariel Donohue accepting award at Spring Convocation

PCOSUW Member Awarded at Spring Convocation 

Ariel Donohue (pictured left), Director of the Diversity Awareness Office, was awarded the President's Commission on the Status of University Women Award at the Spring Convocation for faculty and staff. Read more about all of the winners here



MSU Receives National Honor Recognizing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

MSU is one of only 83 institutions from across the nation – and the only university in Montana – to receive the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Read more.


Joan Williams and MSU ADVANCE Team Members

Distinguished Guest Joan Williams after her keynote "What Works for Women at Work: How to Spot Subtle Bias and How to Eliminate it." She is standing with (L to R) Allie Hay, Senior in Psychology; Lexie Kambich, ADVANCE Student Research Assistant; Dr. Sara Rushing, Co-Director of ADVANCE Project TRACS; Joan Williams, Director of UC Hastings Work Life Law Center; Dr. Waded Cruzado, President, MSU; Dr. Nicol Rae, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences.