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Committee on the Status of Women

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What is the CSW?

The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is composed of faculty, staff, and students who are concerned with gender equity on campus. The CSW was originally authorized by the Board of Regents, and the committee reports to the President through the Chief Diversity Officer.

As a committee, we take on projects that address the concerns of women on campus, and provide support and networking opportunities of UNR women.

Our Mission

The mission of the CSW is to identify and communicate the issues and concerns of women faculty, staff, and students regarding their experiences in, and expectations of, the university.

Our Goals

  1. To ensure that the issues and concerns of women are communicated appropriately
  2. To provide opportunities for networking and the development of support systems for women
  3. To ensure that gender is not a barrier to full participation by women in the academic, professional, social and cultural life of the university

How do I get involved?

Join the committee! CSW meets monthly during the academic year. There are also subcommittees that have a more selected focus topic, such the Women's Center, Safety, Lactation Room(s), Day Care, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and Women in Medicine.

Who to contact?

Committee Chair: Deborah A Verstegen, email:, phone: (775) 682-9095
Web contacts: Michelle Rachal, email: and Katherine Dirk, email:

CSW Projects

  • The most recent WAGE Project Start Workshop, which provides graduating and graduate students with the knowledge and skills to learn their worth and negotiate their starting salary and benefit package, took place on April 5, 2013.
  • Co-sponsored Nevada Attorney General Cortez Masto's talk on "Prevention of Campus Violence" that took place on October 16, 2012.
  • The CSW assisted in setting up a Lactation Room for all nursing mothers in the University community. The Lactation Room is in the Edward J Cain building, and can be scheduled through WebCampus.
  • The CSW researched and prepared a substantial report on how the budget crisis is affecting women students, staff and faculty at UNR. The report was presented to the Provost.
  • The CSW has also negotiated enhancements to safety on campus: improved lighting and walkways, extended hours for the campus escort service, and scheduling personal safety and self-defense classes.

Calendar or Upcoming Events

Meetings take place in the William Raggio Building, Room #2007. Contact the Committee Chair for a schedule of meetings.

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