Committee on the Status of Women

The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is composed of faculty and staff 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 University Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

As a committee, we take on projects that address the issues and concerns of gender equity on campus, and provide support and networking opportunities for University of Nevada, Reno women and men.

Mission statement

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

Committee 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

Executive Board

Diversity & Inclusion: Cheyenne Magpantay,

CSW projects

  • The Smart Start workshop provides graduating and graduate students with the knowledge and skills to learn their worth and negotiate their starting salary and benefit package meets every semester.
  • The CSW set 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.
  • Other efforts are aimed at addressing issues related to the recent Campus Climate Survey.

CSW accomplishments

  • Co-sponsored Nevada Attorney General Cortez Masto's talk on "Prevention of Campus Violence."
  • The CSW researched and prepared a substantial report on how the budget crisis affected women students, staff and faculty at the University. 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.
  • Sponsored a speaker's series on critical issues.
  • Co-sponsored summit on the Status of Women in Nevada.

Subscribe to the CSW listserv

Faculty, staff and students that would like to stay informed regarding events and initiatives relating to the CSW, should subscribe to the Committee on the Status of Women listserv. This list is managed by the CSW Executive Board.

Join the Committee on the Status of Women

Faculty, staff and students that are interested in becoming an active member of the Committee on the Status of Women should complete the Get Involved form below. The committee meets monthly during the academic year.