PCOSW General Meetings are held monthly, October-June

Meetings for Fall 2016:

•Wednesday, November 2, 11-12:30 p.m.
•Monday, December 5, 12-1:30 p.m.

note: PCOSW Leadership Team meetings are typically held the week prior to the general meetings



Past PCOSW Events


  • Katherine Clancy Lectures: Tuesday, January 26, 2015. Lecture 1 ~ 9:30-11am "The effects of harassment and assault on scientists’ careers" MU 213 and Lecture 2 ~ 2-3:30pm "Understanding variation in female reproduction is inherently feminist" MU 213. Dr. Clancy is the co-director of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She is a human reproductive ecologist who specializes in women's health, endometrial function and evolutionary medicine. Dr. Clancy also recently led the largest survey yet to examine the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in scientific fieldwork settings.
  • October 13, 2015: Mary Ann Mason, Professor in the Graduate Division and co-director of the Berkeley School of Law’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, at the University of California at Berkeley is the author of Mothers on the Fast Track:  How the New Generation Can Balance Career and Family, co-editor of All Our Families: New Policies for the New Century, Second Edition, and co-author, along with Nicholas H. Wolfinger and Marc Goulden, of the recently published Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower.
  • Health Inequities and Social Justice Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, 2015
  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco presented "Leading While Juggling Work and Life" on November 12 at 7pm (light refreshments starting at 6:30) at LaSells Construction & Engineering Hall. 
  • Dr. Adrianna Kezar – Professor of Higher Education at University of Southern California visited OSU on January 15, 2015 and presented the following talks:

    STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO CHANGE-What is required to implement pedagogical and curricular changes that lead to greater student success?  The session covers why change is needed, types of changes, and leadership strategies for implementing new interventions.

    SHARED GOVERNANCE: MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER-National studies identify characteristics of effective governance on college campuses. Also presented is the current environment for shared governance and practical advice for rethinking governance practices on campus.

    CREATING A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR NON-TENURE TRACK FACULTY-Review of national trends related to the changing faculty, needed changes in policies and practices, and resources to support change efforts.

     Choose links to see Dr. Kezar’s power point presentations.

  • PCOSW Fall Retreat:  The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) held their annual all-day fall retreat on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10am-4pm.  The retreat is designed to allow new members an opportunity to learn more about PCOSW, give existing members a chance to network, and provide all members the ability to plan activities and focus areas for the coming academic year.
  • PCOSW End of the Year Reception: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women  hosted a reception Tuesday June 10, 2014, noon-1:30pm in the Linus Pauling Center Room 402. Contact: Natalia Fernandez natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu
  • May 22, 2014, PCOSW, in conjunction with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Academic Affairs, hosted Kerry Ann Rockquemore who presented two workshops on mentoring. The first workshop, Re-thinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability, was geared toward University leaders and described the challenges all pre-tenure faculty face on the tenure-track and the unique challenges under-represented faculty experience. Click here for slides and resources. In the second workshop, Mentoring 101: How to Get What You Need to Thrive in the Academy, Dr Rockquemore challenged the conventional wisdom about faculty mentoring and presented a new framework to help faculty re-imagine how mentoring works. Click here for slides and resources.
  • Monday May 5, 2014, 4-5:30 MU Journey Room, Dr Hanan Hammad, TCU, Sexual Harassment in Egypt: The Old Plague in the New Revolutionary Order. Since the Tahrir uprising in January 2011, revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in Egypt have turned the female body into a site for political struggle. In her talk, Dr. Hammad traces the history of sexual harassment in Egypt, and argues that the ongoing struggle of the past three years has succeeded in destabilizing gender and sexual orders, and brought renewed focus to women’s right to control their own bodies.  Hanan earned her Ph.D in Middle East History with a supporting field in Persian studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. Her publications include the articles “Between Egyptian ‘National Purity’ and ‘Local Flexibility’: Prostitution in al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the first half of the 20th century” and “From Fascination to Condemnation: Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution in the Egyptian Press.”  Prof. Hammad has a passion for Persian history and culture, which has resulted in several scholarly presentations and an Arabic translation of Moniro Ravanipour’s novel Ahl-e Gharq [the Drowned]. She also holds a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from Cairo University, and, before coming to the world of academia, she worked as a journalist in Egyptian, Kuwaiti and American newspapers. Co-Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department; the School of Language, Culture, and Society; the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.]
  • Saturday, April 26, 10am-3pm, Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez  Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat. Spaces are limited, RSVP at http://bit.ly/1iB8rcS.  As an educator and artist, Claudia Ramirez Islas uses art as a medium to open dialogue about social justice issues that have impacted her life and the lives of many all over the world. Claudia describes art as a universal language with the power to educate. The Exploring Social Justice through Art Retreat will provide a space for the OSU community to come together and share how we can advocate for ourselves and others through a social justice lens. Claudia will exhibit her art installation titled, “Immigration: A Vision of Hope” and share how she uses her story, and other untold stories, to inspire her work. Attendees will engage in dialogue about the role art can play in our lives and how to channel thoughts and experiences in a visual arts form to educate others and influence change. Attendees will also take part in a hands-on full immersion of art where participants will be provided all tools needed to create their own art work. All materials and refreshments will be provided. [Brought to you by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women - President’s Lecture Series, Intercultural Student Services, and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs. Cosponsored by the Associated Students of Oregon State University, Coalition for Community Dialogue; College of Liberal Arts; Difference, Ethnic Studies, Power & Discrimination; Human Services Resource Center; International Programs; Office of Equity and Inclusion; Residence Hall Association; School of Arts and Communication; School of Public Policy; Student Media Presents; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life.]
  • Friday, April 11, 10am-12pm,  Native American Longhouse. Art is a Hammer: Reshaping Reality through Cultural Activism Workshop. How can art be fashioned as a tool at the service of our vision for a more just and peaceful world? This workshop presentation by Climbing PoeTree combines performance, story-telling, slide-shows, and video to illuminate the powerful symbiosis between art and activism. “Art is Our Weapon, Our Medicine, Our Voice, and Our Vision:” using their motto as a guide, Alixa and Naima share tactics and strategies from their walks of life as cultural workers, illuminating how poetry, eco touring, media-making, national strategy networking, creative interventions, curriculum development and collaborative public art can be used to strengthen our movements for social justice. Participants will have the opportunity to share examples of arts activism from their own experiences and communities, and should be prepared to get creative, imaginative, and inspired! Brought to you by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women - President’s Lecture Series, Intercultural Student Services, and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs. Cosponsored by the Associated Students of Oregon State University, Coalition for Community Dialogue; College of Liberal Arts; Difference, Ethnic Studies, Power & Discrimination; Human Services Resource Center; International Programs; Office of Equity and Inclusion; Residence Hall Association; School of Arts and Communication; School of Public Policy; Student Media Presents; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and The Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Thursday, April 10, 7-9pm, MU Lounge, Free public event, UpRising- Main PerformanceClimbing PoeTree interweaves spoken word, hip hop, pan flute beat boxing and awardinning multimedia theater to expose injustice, heal from violence, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. Alixa and Naima's acclaimed performance explores diverse themes, including: healing from state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, sexuality, and women's empowerment. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to draw vital connections between shared struggles and common solutions in a critical moment in human history. Climbing PoeTree will share multimedia excerpts of their latest theater production Hurricane Season: the Hidden Messages In Water. 
  • Thursday, April 10, 3-5pm, Finding our Voice: Spoken Word and Storytelling Workshop Native American Longhouse. Facilitated by Climbing PoeTree, this interactive workshop surges from the collective wisdom and collaborative power of our communities using S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D., a growing tapestry of Stories, Testimonies, Intentions, Truths, Confessions, Healing, Expressions, and Dreams that we have collected and stitched together from more than 6,000 audience members and workshop participants across the country. Participants will interact with and contribute to S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D., undergo a writing exercise that stretches the imagination to conceive of new possibilities for liberation, and co-create a group poem. Climbing PoeTree has 10 years of experience designing and facilitating a wide range of workshops for diverse groups. The common thread unifying Climbing PoeTree’s workshops is their deeply creative, personal and political tactic. They are designed to tap into participants lived experience and self-expression, raise consciousness and foster unity, and create real possibilities for re-inventing the world.
  • November 14, 2013, 11:30am (Asian Pacific Room, MU) and 6pm (Construction and Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center), President and Provost Lecture Series presents Dr. Brad Harrington "On the changing roles of fathers".
  • February 14th, 2013 The Women in Science group presented Dr. Renee Brooks (US EPA, Western Ecology Division), for a presentation and discussion about work-life balance.


  • The Oregon Women in Higher Education (OSHE) Conference was held on the campus of Oregon State University for the first time on Friday January 25th 2013.
  • November 1st and 2nd, 2012: Woman Citizen Symposium

    “Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future” brought scholars, elected officials, activists, and community organizers to OSU to explore women’s roles as citizens and women’s political impact in the local, state, and national arenas. As OSU’s commemoration of the centennial of woman suffrage in Oregon, the Symposium promoted education and discussion among students, staff, faculty, and community members and encouraged civic and political engagement.

    The PCOSW was one of several organizations sponsoring this event. See Gazette Times article

  • October 24th, 2012: Mentoring and Professional Development. Dr. Sylvia Anne Hewlett, a leading expert in talent management, workplace transformation, and diversity and inclusion, was invited to speak as part of the President and Provost’s Lecture Series. She conducted two Corvallis campus events entitled “The Sponsor Effect” – a lecture (evening), and a workshop (midday). Dr. Hewlett is an economist studying women’s issues in the workplace, e.g., how to best support women, especially those with interrupted careers/non-linear career trajectories; how to deal with loss of earning potential; etc.  Her research includes women in both academic and business settings. See a review
  • September 10th 2012: PCOSW's 2012-13 retreat was held at Peavy Arboretum. Facilitated by Lisa Hoogestater, over 20 members spent a full day getting to know each other and the Commission, identifying concerns, and discussing issues and strategies for the current academic year.
  • June 17th 2012: First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at OSU's 2012 Commencement. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women helped invite Michelle Obama to campus, citing our work toward common goals.
  • May 23, 2012: Work/Family Balance  Rachel Connelly, author of the book "Professor Mommy," offered two workshops for the campus community: “Doing it All: Academic Success and Parenting" and “Know Yourself, then Make it Work” plus a public lecture. On-site childcare was provided. 
  • Anti-Bullying. Gary Namie presented four lectures on issues of bullying and civility; each lecture targeted a different audience—classified personnel; students and faculty; administrative personnel from OSU and the local schools; and community members respectively. He encouraged OSU to develop a clear and enforceable anti-bullying policy.
    A forum for personal interactions with interested campus community was provided the week following the lecture presentations. 
  • April 19, 2011: Work/Life Balance. Dr. Jean Kilbourne. PCOSW was one of the sponsors. Dr. Kilbourne was the keynote lecturer for the Confidence Conference.  She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising.  The lecture was entitled “Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addictions,” examining how the media depicts women and manipulates addictions related to alcohol, tobacco, food, and thinness. 
  • May 27, 2011: Mentoring and Professional Development. Cathee Johnson Phillips
    focused on the emerging issue of mentoring and professional development. Phillips manages operations of the 501(c)3 nonprofit association within the National Post-Doctoral Association (NPA), which works to develop and promote national policies and programming that benefit the postdoctoral community and thereby the entire U.S. research community. An additional speaker as well as three panels provided a variety of tools for women post-doctoral employees.