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Executive Committee

2017-18 CFW co-chairs:  and 

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.

The list for CFW's 2017-18 executive committee can be seen here. For more details about each committee, please see the descriptions below.

Process Committees

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. 2017-18 co-chairs:  and .

Awards and Luncheon: The Awards and Luncheon Committee solicits nominations for, selects the winners of, and annually presents the Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award and Achieving Women Awards. This committee also 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 2017-18 co-chairs: and .

Campus Liaison: The Campus Liaison Committee involves and collaborates with contacts at Penn State campuses in an effort to share best practices, strengthen inter-campus communication about women’s issues, and reinforce the commission’s goals. 2017-2018 chairs are , , , , and .

Marketing and Membership: 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. This committee also 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. 2017-18 co-chairs: and .

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. 2017-18 co-chairs: and .

Program Committees

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. 2017-18 chair: .

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. 2017-18 co-chairs: and .

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. 2017-18 chair: .

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. The 2017-18 chair is .

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. 2017-18 co-chairs: and .

Student Engagement: Newly formed in 2016, the Student Engagement Committee works to address student issues on campus and increase student engagement within the Commission. The 2017-18 chair is .

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. The 2017-18 chair is .