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Mission

The President’s Commission on Women (PCW) 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 - constituted of faculty, staff and students - advocates for and advises the President on the progress of RIT’s commitment to securing equitable representation, opportunities, and rewards for women at RIT.  To achieve its mission, the PCW:

  • Advises and makes recommendations to the president and the provost on issues related to women proposing initiatives and strategies to ensure a supportive and welcoming environment.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other groups concerned with gender and diversity.
  • Identifies issues critical to the environment, climate, and culture of women faculty, staff, and students; a current focus areas include representation of women students and retention of women faculty..
  • Explores the impact of university current and developing policies and practices on women.
  • Educates the community about issues impacting women.

The PCW convenes regularly throughout the calendar year and meets at least semi-annually with the President and Provost.  The PCW reports to the full RIT community on the status of women at RIT.

The above will be operationalized through several sub-committees including:  Representation & Compensation, Campus Climate & Environment, Communication & Outreach, and Membership.

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