Breaking Barriers Award Nominations Now Open

Nomination Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020

PCOSW, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers: A Celebration of the Accomplishments and Impact of OSU Women. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions women at Oregon State University have made to our community. Breaking Barriers Awards are open to anyone who identifies as a woman and we accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members.

The five awards include Breaking Barriers in Education, Breaking Barriers in Research, Breaking Barriers in Athletics, The PCOSW Community Builder, and The Harriet "Hattie" Redmond Award. Learn  more and submit nominations on Qualtrics at

Awardees will be honored at the annual Breaking Barriers celebration, which is being rescheduled in alignment with the OSU COVID-19 response. The nomination deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020. Please check back for event updates.

2019/20 Monthly Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 11:00 - 1:00PM
Location: SEC 112 Lounge

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00PM
Location: SEC 112 Lounge

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, 11:00 - 12:30PM
Location: SEC 112 Lounge

Tuesday, Jan, 28, 2020, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: SEC 354

Wednesday, Feb. 19  2020, 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: SEC 112 Lounge

Wednesday, Mar. 13  2020, 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Wednesday, Apr. 13  2020, 12:00 - 1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Friday, May 8, 2020, 11:30 PM - 1 PM
Location: Zoom

PCOSW General Meetings are open to 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

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.


Leadership Team 2019-2020

Co-Chairs Whitney Archer and Diana Ulrey

Treasurer Brittany Nefcy

Secretary Kim Hack

Membership Mealoha McFadden

Communications Erin McIlraith


The bulk of PCOSW's work is done outside of general meetings in committees with special focus. Standing committees include; Speaker Series, Scholarships and Awards, and Campus Climate and Institutional Change.


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