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The WVU Council for Women’s Concerns is comprised of several subcommittees. Below you’ll find a description of each.


The Executive Committee includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, Communications Secretary, and the Financial Secretary of the Council. The immediate past Chair, if still a member of the Council, shall serve on the Executive Committee for one (1) year. Ex-officio members of the Council shall also serve on the Executive Committee.


The purpose of this committee is to enhance and promote the Council’s mission through outreach and service initiatives on campus and within the Morgantown community. The committee will identify, promote and collaborate on programming and educational activities that address women’s issues as well as community needs. Outreach committee activities may include working with female veterans; adult basic and higher education programs for women; promoting awareness about sexual and domestic violence and will be evaluated continually to ensure that they are aligned with existing community needs and council priorities.


This committee meets year-round (including the summer months) in order to prepare for the Women of Color Luncheon in October during Diversity Week. This committee contacts the featured speaker chosen by the Council, chooses the lunch menu, places all advertisement and notifications (with help from Council members), designs and prints tickets and program production, takes reservations and monies, decorates and all other duties required of this event.


The Campus Climate Committee works to make WVU a more family-friendly, or work-life balanced institution and address issues that affect female faculty, staff and students at WVU. Student concerns may include issues affecting non-traditional students such as international students, veterans and older students who have returned to school. The committee will continue to grow awareness around Equal Pay Day on campus and with collaboration from the community where appropriate.


The Awards Committee oversees the Mary Catherine Buswell Award activities and any other awards to be presented on behalf of the Council. The Chair is responsible for compiling the recommendations for the committee to review. The committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and writing press releases and electronic marketing of all awards and procuring award plaques and compiling winner/non-winner and committee member correspondence.


This committee will be responsible for the creation of an action plan to develop at Women’s Center at WVU. The committee members, other CWC and campus partners, and WVU students will continue to determine what resources are currently available for women at WVU, investigate what resources and programs students, faculty and staff feel should be provided by a women’s center, examine what peer institutions are doing, and how their women’s centers are funded, staffed and organized, and finally continue to work with WVU’s administration recommending next steps to develop a center.


This ad hoc committee will work with the university community to address the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on WVU’s campus and in our community. This committee will support the delivery of educational messages, outreach activities and prevention programming by university and community partners. This committee may also develop and distribute original materials and campaigns to address issues of power-based personal violence. Partners may include RDVIC, WV FRIS, WELLWVU, and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


This committee is responsible for overseeing the CWC’s fundraising efforts to benefit CWC programs and public service endeavors. More specifically, this committee shall work with other committees to identify CWC projects and activities and public service projects in need of external funding, identify potential sources of funds from a variety of sources (individuals, corporations, foundations, university departments and public/government agencies and/or program fees), develop action plans for specific sources of funding, with the help of all CWC members, ask potential sources of funds for support and track and report fundraising activities.


The membership committee recruits and screens potential new council members. The Chair is responsible for compiling the recommendations for the committee to review. The committee prepares a slate of executive officers and potential new members (including biographies) for the March meeting. The committee then prepares a ballot for the election of executive officers and new members. The elections take place by secret ballot during the April meeting and appointments are effective with the May retreat.