The PCOSW actively advocates for and promotes a positive climate for all university women including students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

Now in its fourth decade, PCOSW gives voice to women's experiences and perspectives by advocating for gender parity at our university. Rooted in feminist principles, the Commission works to identify and address the changing needs of all women in our university community. By building partnerships and collaborating with others from historically underrepresented groups, PCOSW now seeks to improve the collective status of all who have been silenced or excluded by unexamined norms, beliefs, and practices of the OSU community.

A resource for help: Ombuds Office

PCOSW helped in the establishment of Oregon State University's Ombuds Office, which promotes a civil and inclusive campus community by providing informal, impartial, and confidential conflict management services. contact Sue Theiss, email or phone 541-737-7028

Advancing Careers

Did you miss the recent workshop and presentation on advancing women's careers via mentoring and sponsorship? See a review of the "take-home" messages, by OSU's Barb Bond, Director of Post-Doctoral Programs in the Graduate School.


The bulk of PCOSW's work is done outside of general meetings, in committees with special focus. Please contact the convener listed if you are a PCOSW member but have not yet signed up for a committee. The topics identified for the 2014-15 academic year are:

Scholarships and Awards - convener Natalia Fernandez

Worklife Balance - co conveners Abby Metzger and Robynn Pease

Speaker Series - convener Mary Hughes

Mentoring and Career Advancement - convener Jan Spitsbergen

Status of Women at OSU - convener Louisa Hooven