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

History and Contributions of PCI

Evolution and Contributions of the PCI

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

  • 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.

  • During the 2012-2013 academic year PCSW expanded its reach and mission to providing support, education, and advocacy for all groups:

    • Support:

      • During the 2012/2013 academic year funding from PCI 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

    • Education:

      • 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