Women's Commission Operational Guidelines

Mission Statement

The Metropolitan State University Women′s Commission educates, advises and advocates with the university community on issues concerning women.

Women′s Commission Terms

The Women′s Commission membership is open to any faculty or staff on campus.

  • Diversity is encouraged.
  • Members serve one-year terms through August and are encouraged to reapply annually.
  • Solicitation for members will be conducted through email annually. Terms begin in September or upon approval by the Commission.
  • Current members will be contacted to verify their interest in continuing as a Women′s Commission member.
  • Other faculty and staff may volunteer for membership or nominate a member.
  • Nominees will be contacted to see if they are interested in serving.
  • The Women′s Commission shall not exceed 24 members.
  • New members will be voted on at the first meeting following their nomination or self-nomination.
  • Membership assumes active involvement in at least one activity each year and regular attendance at meetings.


Officers are elected annually to one year terms at the May meeting.

  • Chair: Develop the agendas, convene and conduct the monthly meetings; oversee the progress of work groups and project teams; approve expenditures.
  • Chair-elect: Observe and assist the chair and assume the chair duties in the ensuing year.
  • Secretary/treasurer: Take minutes of meetings and make them available to the membership; monitor the budgets (general fund and foundation account); encumber funds and process approved payments; prepare monthly treasurer′s reports.
  • Communications Coordinator: Work with project teams to publicize activities and events; update and maintain the website; maintain the listserv and send welcome message to new members.


  • Fall welcome potluck (welcoming returning and new employees) and Women′s History Month potluck. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend providing they bring a dish to pass or pay a participation fee.
  • Women′s History Month educational presentations (at least one activity to be co-sponsored with the women students′ group).
  • Co-sponsor/promote other activities sponsored by other units whose interests intersect with those of the Women′s Commission.
  • Advocate internally and externally on issues of concern to women.
  • Members select the Elizabeth Shippee Award recipient annually.


  • Meetings are open to anyone.
  • Meetings are conducted September through May on a monthly basis.

Revised 8/28/06