Mission and history

In 1991, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) issued the report "Reaching the Vision: Women in Arizona's Universities in the Year 2000." The goal of this report was not only to acknowledge and highlight major problems affecting women in the Arizona University system, but it also sought to provide recommendations towards improving the status of women in three major areas: equity, career development and climate. Accordingly, following the release of this report, ABOR recommended the establishment of a Commission on the Status of Women at the three state universities. In 1991, the ASU President established the ASU Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The mission of the commission is to “identify and advocate for needed changes in the university environment in order to enhance opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups.” 

Each year, members of the commission dedicate countless hours towards investigating issues of inequality and towards finding solutions to these problems. Due to their hard work and dedication, by 1998 the ASU-CSW was able to report to the Regents that 80% of ASU's goals and objectives were at or near completion.

In 2001, ASU marked the 10-year anniversary of the commission, and in 2002, CSW developed a new Strategic Planning Initiative designed to highlight the issues and needs affecting the status of women at ASU. Focusing on six priority areas including Climate and Culture, Accountability, Compensation and Resources, Voice and Visibility, Training and Development, and Safety, CSW has developed both an immediate action and a longterm remedy plan to improve these priority areas. To address these issues, the CSW is driven by the concept of "impact." Nearly of our projects and initiatives are designed to provide impactful resources and support towards the success of women and other underrepresented groups.