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Purpose & History of the PCSW


The purpose of the commission is to provide leadership and expertise to the University of Utah community in promoting University women in their various roles and activities, and to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the University.


The establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women by President Arthur K. Smith in 1995 reflects the University of Utah's ongoing commitment to women faculty, staff, and students. The Commission is a culmination of the efforts of committees and task forces since 1969. The Marriott and Eccles Libraries house the reports for review by the University community.

Issues and solutions discussed by the Commission affect everyone on campus. The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women provides a positive campus climate for women students, staff, and faculty as they:

  • Identify key issues concerning women;
  • Facilitate awareness among administration and the rest of the campus community about those issues;
  • Explore ways to support and validate the U's commitment to Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity;
  • Offer networking opportunities for advancement of women faculty, staff, and students;
  • Recognize achievements of women in the local communities as well as on campus;
  • Prepare and provide reports to educate the University about women's issues;
  • Suggest action plans to administration for addressing personnel policies, salary and benefit issues, and student services.

The Commission aims to create and maintain a humane professional environment that fosters the growth and development of all members of the community in all their diversity and allows them to work to their full potential.

Last Updated: 2/1/24