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During the academic year, the commission holds monthly meetings that are open to all members of the University community. Consider joining us to learn about issues affecting women at Penn State and beyond and develop insight into commission goals, activities, and committees. If you find a committee of interest and wish to apply for membership, the affiliate membership application process is an encouraged first step to involvement.

What does Commission membership encompass?

Active participation in commission service generally requires several hours per month (3-6 hours for affiliate members, and 4-7 hours for appointed members). This includes attendance at monthly meetings and committee work. Committees meet periodically throughout the semester and are comprised of both appointed and affiliate members. Staff members are encouraged to discuss their level of participation with their supervisors.

Affiliate members are selected by the commission, serve one-year renewable terms, attend meetings, and serve on committees, but do not have voting privileges.
(Applications for membership are accepted year-round.)

Appointed members are appointed by the President of the University, serve three-year terms, attend meetings, serve on or chair committees, and have voting privileges.
(Application for membership is closed at this time.)

Appointed members are responsible for attending the monthly open meetings and for serving on at least one committee. They cast a vote each spring for the election of the commission chair and on any changes to the commission's bylaws. There are a limited number of appointed memberships, with distribution among faculty, administrator, staff, technical service, graduate and undergraduate students. Applications for appointed members are accepted in the spring.

Appointed applications are no longer being accepted.

If you are interested in Affiliate Membership, please follow the links below to the application membership form.



Employees must be in good standing to be considered for commission membership. For University activities such as commissions and award programs, a faculty or staff member is considered to be in ‘good standing’ if the individual is meeting the expectations of his/her position and has not been the recipient of recent discipline. The individual should also exhibit qualities such as civility, collegiality, and a commitment to the overall success of his/ her department.


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