The Executive Committee is composed of the commission’s chairs, committee chairs, special liaisons, at-large members, and secretary. It oversees activities and decisions of the commission in accordance with its bylaws and exercises budgetary responsibility while serving as an advisory council to elected commission officers. The Executive Committee also administers the annual Rosemary Schraer Mentoring and Achieving Women awards programs and manages annual membership/election activities.
A list of current executive committee members can be found here.
Process committees are essential to the overall functioning of the Commission for Women. The Commission's substantive work is accomplished through its process committees.
Current Process Committees
Assessment: The Assessment Committee gathers, reviews, and synthesizes data on the status of women; interprets this data to identify gender-based inequities; and recommends solutions. The committee also compiles periodic reports on the status of women at the University and provides consultation to other Commission for Women committees seeking data relevant to their studies. 2016-17 co-chairs: Heidi Watson-Held and Justin Snyder.
Awards: The Awards Committee solicits nominations for, selects the winners of, and annually presents the Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award and Achieving Women Awards. This committee is chaired by the chair-elect and other members are determined by the chair-elect. 2016-17 co-chairs: Sherry Lonsdale and Tatiana Zwerling.
Campus Liaison: The Campus Liaison Committee involves and collaborates with contacts at Penn State campuses in an effort to share best practices, strengthen intercampus communication about women’s issues, and reinforce the commission’s goals. 2016-17 chair: Tracy Garnick.
Educational Program: The Commission for Women holds regular meetings that are open to the University community. A portion of each meeting is devoted to the dissemination of information on special topics of specific interest to women. This portion of the monthly agendas may be devoted to updates on current University initiatives from administrators or task force leaders or to presentations by special topic experts. The Educational Program Committee recruits speakers and supports the logistics for these portions of the monthly meetings. In addition, the Educational Program Committee organizes an annual “Read and Discuss” event for which a book of interest is identified and recommended to the University community, then discussed in an open forum led by the author or knowledgeable facilitator. 2016-17 co-chairs: Lorraine Mulfinger and Daad Rizk.
Luncheon: The Luncheon Committee coordinates all logistical arrangements for the annual CFW Awards luncheon, including, but not limited to identifying, booking a location, arranging food, AV, etc.; setting up, and delivering the event. Members may include representatives from all constituent groups. 2016-17 co-chairs: Georgie Cole-Archer and Bikem Oskin.
Marketing: The Marketing Committee promotes the purpose, vision, and accomplishments of the commission; increases the commission’s visibility within the Penn State community; and publicizes its special programs and events. 2016-17 co-chairs: Sue Greene and Ann Taylor-Schmidt.
Membership: The Membership Committee works to create a welcoming climate for CFW members and potential new members in order to retain current members and increase CFW membership; to be a point of contact to members and potential members, providing information about the membership application process, membership roles and responsibilities, and providing individuals with requested information, clarification of questions, and/or contact information; and, to address membership initiatives addressed by the CFW chair. Members may include representatives from all constituent groups. 2016-17 co-chairs: Nicole Hurlbutt and Danielle Werner.
Nominations: The Nominations Committee solicits nominations for chair-elect and the Executive Committee and to replenish the appointed membership. The past chair(s), as chair of this committee, handles and oversees the process for the chair-elect and Executive Committee election processes and new appointed member nomination and selection process. Members of this committee may include the past chair(s) and outgoing active appointed members and/or committee chairs, where applicable. 2016-17 co-chairs: Vicki Hoffman and Angela Rogers.
Program committees study and suggest commission responses to key topics that affect the working/learning environments for women at Penn State. The committees consult with the Assessment Committee on available/accessible data and study historical trends, best practices, other institutional models, expert opinions, experiences of University employees, etc.
Current Program Committees
Documentation: Newly formed in 2016, the Documentation Committee records CFW committee processes, procedures, responsibilities, resources, and deliverables to help the Commission operate more effectively and efficiently. A past chair of CFW serves as (co-)chair of this committee, but other co-chairs and members may include representatives from all constituent groups. 2016-17 chair: Angela Rogers.
Employment and Family Policies: Focusing on family issues, employment policies, and professional development programs, this committee aims to identify both strengths and weaknesses in offerings across the University in order to bring more consistent opportunities to everyone. Members may include representatives from all constituent groups. 2016-17 chair(s): Tanya Hockman and Sarah Krupp.
Faculty Focus: The Faculty Focus Committee participates on the Joint Commissions planning committee for the annual promotion and tenure symposium, “Equity and Inclusion: Successfully Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Process,” which is co-sponsored jointly by CLGBTQE, CORED, and CFW. The committee also identifies issues important to women in faculty ranks, including tenure issues, work-life balance, gender bias and discrimination, harassment, etc. Members may include representatives from all constituent groups. 2016-17 chair: Samia Suliman.
Mentoring Program: The Mentoring Program Committee matches mentees with more experienced employees, who share their insight about developing professional goals, networking, and learning more about Penn State. The committee assists mentor/mentee pairs to develop goals, provides guidance throughout the year, and organizes monthly activities on professional and personal development. 2016-17 co-chairs: Ginny Hosterman and Marianne Uberti-Howell.
Personal Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness: The Personal Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee is an ad hoc group of students, staff, and faculty, both male and female, who have joined together to advocate for women's concerns and personal safety, develop and implement initiatives to enhance women's safety, and make appropriate recommendations to the University's president for leadership initiatives aimed at enhancing women's safety. 2016-17 co-chairs: Rachael Belinda, Barbara Materna, Kim Ménard, and Kris Santillo.
Student Engagement: Newly formed in 2016, the Student Engagement Committee works to address student issues on campus and increase student engagement within the Commission. 2016-17 chair: Jordan Glover.
Technology: The Technology Committee works to provide technology support during CFW meetings (e.g., computer operation, chat monitoring, document sharing) and recommends solutions when issues arise. 2016-17 chair: Devin Ferraro.