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.

"I am very proud of the ongoing and important work of the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Without substantial resources to staff the commission in the past, the commission led the effort that resulted in the first climate survey on the OSU campus. The PCOSW has continued to press for a family-friendly work environment and for assurances that compensation and career opportunities are equitable. There are many advocates for an inclusive and welcoming community here at OSU and all of us appreciate the energy and intelligence that the members of the PCOSW have provided in keeping women's issues on everyone's agenda and helping all of us understand that women's issues are everyone’s issues."

- Ed Ray, OSU President

Leadership Team 2015-2016

Co-Chairs Debbie Colbert and Kryn Freehling-Burton

Treasurer Cindy Alexis

Secretary Tracy Vawter

Web editor Callie Newton

Membership Jennifer Almquist


The bulk of PCOSW's work is done outside of general meetings, in committees with special focus. Please The topics identified for the 2015-16 academic year are below, however, new topics may be identified for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Scholarships and Awards

Worklife Balance

Speaker Series

Mentoring and Career Advancement

Status of Women at OSU

If you're interested in joining PCOSW, please contact members of the leadership team at