2017-18 PCOSW Speakers Series – Raising Awareness: Knowledge is Power:

Partnership Opportunity

The PCOSW Speaker Series Subcommittee is seeking OSU partners who are in need of funding for a speaker event that aligns with the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) mission and builds on the 2016-17 Speaker Series theme of 'Raising Awareness: Knowledge is Power.'

The PCOSW Speaker Series Subcommittee, composed of PCOSW members, welcomes funding requests from all members of the OSU community. The subcommittee is open to a range of formats for the speaker event, including but not limited to a lecture, workshop, or break out session. Applicants must provide a clear explanation of the purpose, timing, and cost of the speaker event; how the event aligns and supports the PCOSW mission; and the theme identified for the Speaker Series. Requests should be a maximum of 500 words, not including the budget.

Funding recipients will be responsible for event logistics and will adhere to OSU policies and procedures.  Speaker events funded by this opportunity will identify PCOSW as an event sponsor.

PCOSW Mission

Established in 1972, PCOSW gives voice to women's experiences and perspectives by advocating for gender equality. Rooted in feminist principles, the Commission works to identify and address the changing needs of all women in our university community. PCOSW recognizes that the status of women is affected by social location (including but not limited to ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, language, nation of origin, race, religion, sexual, and other identities). By building partnerships and collaborating with others from historically underrepresented groups, PCOSW now seeks to improve the collective status of all who have been limited, silenced, excluded, or otherwise disadvantaged by unexamined norms, beliefs, and practices of the OSU community.

Speaker Series Theme

2017-18 PCOSW Speaker Series Theme

The theme for this year's Speaker Series is 'Raising Awareness: Knowledge is Power.' The theme is intentionally broad to encourage creativity. The PCOSW invites applications for funding speaker events that expand awareness and discussion of topics related to the mission of PCSOW. If you would like to learn more about the theme prior to submitting your funding application, please send an email to PCOSW-SS@lists.oregonstate.edu. Priority for a given term is given to applications submitted by the Friday of week three of that term.

The PCOSW Speaker Series Subcommittee evaluates each request using the following criteria:

Connection to the PCOSW Mission and Theme:

  • Does the event align with PCOSW's mission and Speaker Series theme?
  • Who is the audience for the event?  Is the event open to the OSU campus community?
  • Does the event have the potential to significantly affect individuals and/or a community?  

Merit of the Request:

  • Does the request provide a clear statement of the event, speaker, and audience?
  • Does the request provide clear and specific budget information in the form of an itemized list of expenses?
  • Are the proposed timeline and budget feasible?
  • Are there contributions from other sources?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated sufficient resources and support to successfully host the event?

PCOSW Speaker Series Partnership Opportunity Application Form - Click Here to Apply