What is the RIT President’s Commission on Women?

The President’s Commission on Women (PCW) is a diverse group of RIT faculty, staff, and students that advocates for and advises the President on the progress of RIT’s commitment to securing equitable representation, opportunities, and rewards for women at RIT. The Commission currently has a maximum size of 20 and each member is appointed by the University’s President.

What is the purpose of the President’s Commission on Women?

The President’s Commission on Women serves as an advocate for the interests of the entire community of women at the Rochester Institute of Technology and furthers their inclusion within the university leadership and governance. The PCW advises the President on the progress of RIT’s commitment to securing equitable representation, opportunities, and rewards for women at RIT. To this end, the Commission advises the President on issues related to women and proposes initiatives to create a supportive and welcoming environment for women at RIT. The Commission assesses the impact of current university policies and practices to identify critical issues for women at RIT and inform its advocacy. Additionally the Commission educates the community on issues relevant to women through forums and various written communications.

Who can join the President’s Commission on Women and how can you join?

The President’s Commission on Women is constituted of RIT faculty, staff and students.  Each academic college, library and administrative unit (Vice Presidential level with more than 50 staff members) will collect nominations for Commission membership from faculty, staff, and administrators. Nominees should be committed to accomplishing the work of the Commission and must be available for meetings. Each college and library can select and forward to the Commission the names of two nominees and each administrative unit can nominate one person.  The Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing each pair of nominees from the colleges and library, identifying one nominee for membership and one nominee for alternate membership. The Membership Committee will verify the willingness and availability of each nominee to serve as members of the Commission.  Alternate members serve in absence of the corresponding members and may serve on committees.

The Council of Student Government has an ex officio appointment for one student who will represent the student body at RIT.  The President, Provosts, and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion hold ex officio memberships. The membership committee may recommend ex officio membership to others as necessary for the functions of the Commission

The Membership Committee will present an annual slate of nominees to the Commission for approval. This slate of nominees should allow one-third of the membership to rotate off each year. 

What are the Commission Member terms?

The membership term is three years.  An individual who serves one term and then sits out for a term is eligible to serve a second term.

What are the requirements of a Commission Member and how often does the Commission meet?

The Commission will hold regular meetings at a time and place arranged by the Chair(s).  Commission members are expected to attend all meetings.  Absences should be reported in advance or as soon as possible.  Three unexplained absences in an academic year will result in a recommendation to the President that the member's appointment be terminated.

How can I get involved with the President’s Commission on Women RIT?
  • Attend sponsored events (perhaps specify a few example events and link to the News & Events page)
  • Volunteer – Perhaps helping the PCW with community outreach events
  • Participate in surveys or questionnaires that the PCW is currently using to assess current university policies and practices
  • Pursue membership through your divisional leadership  

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