To promote an environment at Colorado State University that fosters productive supportive relationships and interacts among people.  Such an environment is one in which people of all genders are supported and recognized; where people of all gender identities and expressions feels safe; where all people are freed from limitations and restrictions of culturally defined sex roles; and in which all members of the campus community feel empowered and supported by the institution and University community in pursuing their professional and academic aspirations.  The Commission shares the University’s goal of making Colorado State University the best environment for women to work, in any capacity – and all women, born female or not, are included in this understanding.


The Commission is charged by the University President to identify gender equity concerns and other issues impacting the campus climate for women and forward concerns, recommendations, and program ideas to the University administration through annual meetings with the President and consistent connection and routine communication with the Vice President for Diversity.

The President will receive regular communication from the Commission and will meet annually with the Commission to formally receive its recommendations and reports.

The Commission will continue to monitor the climate for women at the University and alert the President and Provost of areas of concern.

With the agreement of the President, the Commission may call on various units of the University administration for assistance in acquiring information, collecting data, and obtaining a full understanding of issues that impact the Commission’s work.

The University will provide the Commission the opportunity to provide input and be critical of University-wide analyses, including the chance to weigh in on survey design and statistical analysis of survey data.

The Commission’s work will encompass the interests and concerns of all women within the University community: academic faculty, administrative professionals, state classified personnel, and students, with leadership of the Commission provided by the academic faculty.

The Commission will assist the University in designing strategies to implement the Commission’s recommendations.  The Commission may also identify and recommend to the president for inclusion its own initiatives and activities that enhance gender equity and address issues of concern.

The Commission will collaborate with other university entities including the Ripple Effect on common goals addressing women’s and gender-equity issues.

The Commission’s work will be transparent and available to the University community.

A special Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty will be appointed and function as a subcommittee of the Commission.  This committee will focus explicitly on issues impacting the work life, campus climate, and persistent barriers inhibiting the success of women faculty at Colorado State.  This committee will pay special attention to the national climate for academic women, and will offer recommendations for ways CSU might help to counter pervasive national challenges related to women in academia, including all disciplines where women are historically and currently underrepresented and the underrepresentation of women in senior academic and leadership positions.

Commission Membership

Commission membership is made up of 14 voting members, including five academic faculty members, the chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, three classified staff members, three administrative professionals, one undergraduate student, and one graduate student.

Commission members are appointed for three-year terms, renewable up to two times.

The chair of the CWGE is a member of the academic faculty and is appointed by the University President for a three-year term, with the option of up to two consecutive additional two-year terms.

The head of the Office of Equal Opportunity, the Vice President for Diversity, the head of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center and the head of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research serve as ex officio members of the CWGE.

New replacement members will be nominated and voted on by members of the Commission, with input from the Provost and VP for University Operations, and submitted for final approval and appointment by the President.

Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty Membership

The committee shall consist of 14 members, including a chair, one representative from each academic college and the Libraries, and five at-large seats.

The expectation is that at least one representative from each college will be a woman.

The expectation is that at least two committee members will be men.

At least two committee members will be representatives of the senior faculty; at least two will be representatives of junior faculty.

Members of the standing committee are invited to serve by the University President and the Chair of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity.  Work on this committee will be recognized as a substantial service commitment to the faculty members’ annual review.

The chair of the standing committee will be selected by the President from a list of three names submitted by the CWGE chair.

The standing committee will report to the CWGE, and the chair of the standing committee will serve as a voting member of CWGE.