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Applications for 2017-18 CFW membership are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the Commission.

For those wishing to become CFW affiliates in 2017-18, please read the information below.

Please note that there will be some changes to Commission membership in 2017-18. Previously, there existed two categories of membership: appointed membership and affiliate membership. In 2017-18, these categories will be renamed to member (previously appointed member) and affiliate (previously affiliate member). As such, the February application process is applicable to those applying for member status (i.e., previously appointed membership) only.

Affiliates, who have less responsibilities than members, will join the Commission through a separate but simpler process. Please visit the following link to sign up as an affiliate:


Who can be a member of the Commission?

The commission is comprised of up to fifty full-time University faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The commission values the breadth of background and experience that can be found among the members of the University community and are actively seeking a broad base of applicants. Students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and administrators from all Penn State campuses are eligible to serve. Individuals interested in working to enhance diversity and support the mission of CFW are encouraged to apply.

Each February, the commission invites individuals to apply for membership for the upcoming year. The Nominations Committee reviews eligible applications and forwards a list of nominees to the President of Penn State for appointment.


Employees must be in good standing to be considered for commission membership. For University activities such as commissions and award programs, faculty or staff are considered to be in good standing if they are meeting the expectations of their positions and have not been the recipient of recent discipline. Individuals should also exhibit qualities such as civility, collegiality, and a commitment to the overall success of their departments. Staff members may wish to speak with their supervisors about this University service opportunity prior to submitting an application.

Undergraduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to serve on CFW. Graduate students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to serve on CFW. Student applicants’ academic records and conduct histories will be checked to determine eligibility for commission membership.

What does Commission membership involve?

Commission members are appointed to a limited three-year term by the President of the University, and are expected to attend meetings, contribute to projects, and vote. Active participation in commission service generally requires four to ten hours per month. Service may include full commission meetings, executive leadership team meetings (if in a leadership position), committee participation, and/or attendance at special events.