Welcome to the URI President's Commission on the Status of
Who are we?
The Presidentís Commission on the
Status of Women, PCOSW, was established in 2002 by President Robert
Carothers. It is a
committee of some twenty-five individuals from across the University,
representing a variety of faculty, staff, administration and student
perspectives on the situation of women at URI.
Members are appointed by the University President.
What is our
The mission of PCOSW is to promote
an environment free of gender-based discrimination.
We seek a University culture in which the unique contributions
of all individuals can flourish. To
do this, we not only work on our own as a commission, but also invite
other members of the community to join project committees, and
collaborate with other organizations and structures within the
What are we doing
The PCOSW is working on a number of
projects, and cordially invite interested members of the community to
join us in these efforts. At
this time the projects include:
- Establishing a harassment
- Establishing a day care center.
- Improving the ease with which
PeopleSoft is used.
- Developing policies and resources
to help dual career couples.
- Building and maintaining our
website, to facilitate communication about organizations and
activities that are important to womenís well-being at URI.
- Sponsoring periodic networking
have we accomplished?
This past year, our joint efforts with the ADVANCE project and the
University administration resulted in a new parental leave policy.
Members of a number of URI unions are now able to take six
weeks paid leave when they have a new child.
- We have initiated
periodic receptions to encourage networking across the
- We have started this website.
How can you help?
We enthusiastically encourage people
who are not members of the Presidentís Commission to offer their
support and assistance.
- Join one of our
subcommittees. If you are interested in a particular
project, contact the chair of that subcommittee. The
subcommittees and their members are listed on this website.
- Contribute your ideas about how
the status of women at URI can be improved. Contact any
PCOSW member to make your suggestions and/or initiate a
conversation. A list of PCOSW members is on this website.
- Let our web manager know about
any organizations or activities that can be added to this
website. Contact Karol Leuzarder firstname.lastname@example.org or Munirat Adebimpe email@example.com.
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