Standing Committee for Women of Color and Allies (SCWOCA): Charge and Mission


Part of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity (Commission), the Committee for Women of Color and Allies (Committee) was established in 2010 by members of the Commission to assist the University in designing strategies and promoting activities that enhance gender equity and address issues pertinent to women of color.  In 2016 the Committee officially became a standing Committee of the Commission.

Charge and Mission

This Standing Committee, as a subcommittee of the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, will explore issues specifically impacting the work and educational life, campus climate, and systemic barriers inhibiting the success of women of color at Colorado State University (CSU).  The Standing Committee will pay special attention to facilitating dialogues to heighten awareness, and addressing unique challenges faced by women of color.  The Committee will offer recommendations to the University President for ways CSU might help provide resources and opportunities that stimulate advancement of women of color in higher education, including participation and leadership development in departments and offices where women of color are underrepresented.


The Standing Committee for Women of Color and Allies shares the University’s goal of making Colorado State University the best environment for all women to work, teach and learn.


Standing Committee Composition: The Standing Committee shall consist of 8 to 10 members, including a chair, and 4 at-large seats.

  • The expectation is that at least 60% of members will be women of color.
  • The expectation is that at least 20% of members will be allies.
  • At least 20% of members will be representative of senior-level positions.
  • At least 20% of members will be representatives of junior-level positions.

Eligibility: Applicants for membership must provide a complete application and have (1) full-time status at CSU and (2) knowledge and understanding of women of color issues.

Terms: All members shall serve staggered three-year terms and are eligible twice for re-appointment.  Renewal applications will be reviewed by the members of the Standing Committee.  If interested in more than two terms, the members will need to reapply as a new applicant.

Membership Recruitment: The goal of membership within the Standing Committee is to have equitable representation from women of color across campus.  To this end, the Standing Committee will broadly advertise membership openings and seek self-nominations, as well as nominations from colleges and divisions across campus and current Standing Committee members.

Membership Selection: Preliminary selection of regular members and final approval and appointment will be conducted by the Standing Committee members.  Members are invited to serve by the University President and the Chair of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity.


  • All members have voting rights
  • All issues voted on shall be decided by a simple majority of those present at the meeting in which the vote takes place/
  • Electronic voting is acceptable when needed.


Eligibility: Chair applicants must (1) provide a completed application, (2) have tenure or long-term standing at CSU, and (3) have served a minimum of two years as a Standing Committee member.

Terms: Chair shall serve a three year term and is eligible for reappointment once.

Chair Selection: Preliminary selection of Chair will be conducted by the regular members of the Standing Committee and a list of three candidates will be forwarded to the University President for final selection and appointment.


The Standing Committee shall hold meetings every month.

Special meetings of the Standing Committee may be called by the Chair or another committee member.


  • Focus on leadership trainings.
  • Identify areas of concern regarding women of color and campus culture.
  • Obtain an understanding of the issues facing women of color.
  • Advocate on behalf of women of color on campus.
  • Make specific recommendations for action to the administration.
  • Review programming pertaining to professional development related to women of color.
  • Provide programming and events for women of color to provide professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Collaborate with other entities interested in women of color and gender issues.


A summary of each meeting will be created and posted on the website.


Subcommittees will be created as needed.

Chairs of subcommittees are selected by committee members.

Current (Fall 2016) Topics

The Standing Committee is currently in the process of researching and reviewing information for substantive programming and trainings on the following issues:

  • Leadership
  • Networking
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Development
  • Positive Campus Climate