The Women’s Consortium is a unique professional network of women of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that was established in 1980. The consortium comprises faculty, staff, students and administrators from the fourteen campuses of the state system and addresses issues that affect women in higher education, local campuses and communities. Membership in the consortium is open to all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, race, ethnicity, age and ability. Membership includes access to local campus consortium chapters as well as state consortium events, activities and programs.
The PASSHE Women’s Consortium (the consortium) is the only organization within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that acts on behalf of all women–faculty, staff, students and administrators. The Consortium initiatives include an annual conference, and three summer leadership institutes for faculty, staff and undergraduate women. The leadership institutes bring representatives from all fourteen campuses together with facilitators and leadership professionals, and provide a structured forum to address leadership opportunities and skills for women across the state system.
The annual conference held at one of the fourteen campuses of the state system by rotation addresses women’s and gender issues in their scholarly, creative and activist dimensions. In addition to keynotes and plenaries by noted speakers, and panels structured around the conference theme, the conference also brings together alumnae from the leadership institutes, women’s and gender studies faculty and students, LGBTQ studies faculty, staff and students, and campus women’s center professionals.
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Emily Keener Interim President, Co-Director of the Faculty Leadership Institute, Co-Historian Slippery Rock University of PA
Michelle Wade Secretary West Chester University of PA
Cathy McHenry Treasurer Shippensburg University of PA
Colleen Clemens Membership Chair Kutztown University of PA
Cindy Lacom Co-Historian Slippery Rock University of PA
Mary Bononno Media Coordinator Kutztown University of PA
Sara Grove Co-Director of the Undergraduate Women's Leadership Institute, Co-Director of the Staff Leadership Institute Shippensburg University of PA
Shawndra Holderby Co-Director of the Undergraduate Women's Leadership Institute Mansfield University of PA
Maureen McHugh Co-Director of the Faculty Leadership Institute Indiana University of PA
Kelly Davis Co-Director of the Staff Leadership Institute Millersville University of PA
Rose Merrell James Nominations and elections committee chairs/Campus Representatives Shippensburg University of PA
Kim Woznack Nominations and elections committee chairs/Campus Representatives California University of PA
Theresa Bloskey Campus Representatives Bloomsburg University of PA
Erica Dymond Campus Representatives East Stoudsburg University of PA
Yasoda Sharma Campus Representatives Kutztown University of PA
Denise Chaytor-Zugarek Campus Representatives Bloomsburg University of PA