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Submissions for PCSW Funding Requests Has Closed for this Academic Year. The call for AY 2014-15 requests will be announced in the near future.




President's Office

President's Office
Administration 202
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8112

Mission Statement for the President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)

As an appointed UCM advisory commission, PCSW supports the interests, concerns and well-being of UCM students, staff, and faculty through Support, Education, and Advocacy for the campus community.


1. Support:

  • During the 2012/2013 academic year funding from PCSW helped 22 students attend a DECA leadership conference

  • Over $6350 was provided for professional development and educational events

  • The 2013/2014 committee expanded its financial reach to support student and professional organizations

  • Partnered with UCM Greek Life to sponsor the Big Pink Volleyball Tournament to raise funds for breast cancer charities

2. Education:

  • The commission formed a committee to student issues involving women in STEM programs at UCM

  • Participated in collaborative project with the Earth Week committee hosting a panel of women entrepreneurs whose businesses exemplify green practices

  • Supported VSAP's goal to start a dialogue and skill development for bystander intervention in situations such as bullying. The commission funded facilitator for intervention training.

  • Obtained UCM grant to conduct Spring 2014 conference for

3. Advocacy:

  • One of the first initiatives of the commission was to conducted salary and discrimination studies and organized events to recognize retired women and recently promoted and tenured women.

  • PCSW has been selected to chair the university-wide committee on diversity (beginning in Spring 2014)

History of the PCSW

  • For more than 25 years, women at Central have provided organized support for the professional well being of University women in an inclusive tradition. 

  • Growing from the Women’s Studies program in 1985, first as Central Women’s Council and then as Central Women’s Consortium in 1992, this support was officially recognized with its own budget and reporting line to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, J. P. Mees. 

  • In 2002, President Bobby Patton created the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, a presidential advisory body that continued to promote the well being and status of women in the University community.

  • The President’s Commission on the Status of Women was strongly supported by President Aaron Podolefsky and continues to be supported by President Charles Ambrose.

  • During 2011-2012, the commission realigned its mission to reflect President Ambrose's focus on Strategic Governance for Student Success by adding a provision for a minimum of one student member, either graduate or undergraduate to the commission.

PCSW 2013 Poster