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Mar 19 / Tracy Walker

The Top Five Reasons to Join COSW

by Kimberly Morgan

Our New Commissioner Drive has started; we are seeking new members for the 2015-2016 year. I know all of you are busy and may not know how you are going to get everything done, but I would like to encourage you to carve out some time for our organization. Visit our website to learn more about how to become a member/commissioner.

Now, in the late night talk show tradition, I would like to give you the top five reasons to join COSW.

Number 5: This month is Women’s History Month. What a perfect time to join an organization that works toward the betterment of women across Wayne State’s campus and beyond.

Number 4: Women’s issues are relevant and undeniable. Although many great strides have been made in regard to women’s issues through the decades, there is still so far to go. Women still make 78 cents for every dollar that men make, female representation on ad hoc committees, administration and faculty is still much lower than it should be, and abuses to women in the home and in human trafficking are alarming at best.

Number 3: You would be joining a wonderful group of leaders. Consider the amazing women and men who are commissioners now and those who have served in the past. Our own Provost Winters has served on the Commission and was the chair of the Career Development committee. We have women and men who serve from all constituencies of Wayne State, from alumni to administration to students to staff to faculty – and all are dedicated to women’s issues at Wayne.

Number 2: The COSW offers numerous programs throughout the year to raise awareness about women’s issues as well as to give women the tools they need to be successful in their endeavors. Those programs include mentoring and health workshops, assault awareness events, and documentary screenings. Our upcoming events include:

  • “The Invisible War” – documentary screening – 3/30/15 – 5:30-7:30pm – WSU Student Center Building, room 285. This documentary explores the epidemic of rape in the military.
  • Rise Above: A Domestic Violence Awareness Event – 4/6/15 – 6:00-8:00pm – WSU Student Center Building Ballroom. This is a domestic violence awareness event done in collaboration with the Not for Sale Campaign, a student organization of Wayne State.
  • Take Back the Night – a sexual violence awareness event – 4/8/15 – 5:30-9:00pm – WSU Student Center Building Ballroom. This event is done in collaboration with First Step. Speakers include Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Joanne Smith-Darden, assistant professor in the School of Social Work.

We also have other programming underway that will address the pay gap and how to overcome it, as well as how to be both a professional and a parent.

And the number 1 reason to join the COSW is…

You can make a difference in the lives of women at Wayne State. I have personally witnessed the positive effect our programs have had on women in the Wayne State community. It is awe inspiring. Not only our programs, but also the commission itself gives women the opportunity to be heard at Wayne. Our present research on the pay gap at our institution has been reviewed by both the president and the provost of the university, and they are looking forward to seeing the results of our further investigations.

Don’t forget to visit our website to find out how to become a volunteer or a commissioner. I look forward to working with you in the future to advance the cause of women.

For more information or to learn more about COSW, please visit


KMorganKim Morgan is the chair of the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women. A member of the Commission’s PR & Marketing committee, she has worked with the COSW for almost three years. Morgan is also an advisor in the Math Department and a mathematics educator with more than 25 years of experience in teaching and tutoring. Contact her at