COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to the improvement of Clarion University women, regardless of age, race, class, ethnicity, disabilities, and/or sexual orientation.
Established in 1983 as a subcommittee of the Affirmative Action Committee, the group achieved commission status in 1989 by state mandate. The establishment of the commission responded to the need for an organization dedicated to equity for women, as well as a philosophy of social, political, and economic equality.
Among the programs the commission has developed to address the diverse needs of women at Clarion are:
1. The Returning Adult and Commuting Students (RACS) Center
2. The Women's Studies Program and minor
3. The original Sexual Harassment Committee, now a presidential commission
4. The annual Women's Conference
The commission sponsors the Women's Conference, which is open to the community and provides scholarly discussions of topical issues, experimental workshops from a variety of multicultural perspectives, performing and visual arts opportunities for women, and a celebration of shared camaraderie.
In addition to the Women's Conference, the commission provides consciousness-raising on, and support of, a broad range of women's issues through sponsorship, films, lectures, and workshops presented throughout the academic year. Topics for these events have included issues of:
2. Sexual orientation
3. African-American women's perspectives
4. Acquaintance rape
5. Violence against women
6. Sports equity
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women serves as a programming and advisory body that examines equity issues and monitors university policy. In this monitoring role, the commission seeks to ensure that the university and all of its constituencies are in compliance with nondiscrimination policies.
The Sexual Assault Network comprises community and university members committed to ending sexual violence in the community. The Sexual Assault Network includes representatives from the state and local police, SAFE, Passages, and Clarion University students, faculty, and administrators.
Among the programs the Sexual Assault Network has sponsored are STAND: A Community Opposes Sexual Assault (a series of presentations on sexual assault), Break the Silence Week, the Clothesline project, Men Speak Out about Sexual Assault, and the fraternity Violence Education Project.