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Provost Advisory Committee for Women’s Initiatives (PACWI)

PACWI serves as an advocate for women-identifying faculty, staff and students at the University of South Carolina (UofSC Columbia and regional campuses). PACWI supports, educates and engages woman-identifying faculty, staff and graduate students to create awareness and effectuate change for benefits, pay equality and equivalent and unimpeded opportunities at UofSC. 

Membership in PACWI is open to faculty, staff and graduate students, who typically serve a three-year term. The goal is to represent a diversity of backgrounds, roles, academic disciplines and functional areas within PACWI.

PACWI also sponsors the annual Women's Leadership Institute offered in the spring to women in all higher education institutions in South Carolina.

Christine Rinehart, 2019-2020 faculty co-chair
University of South Carolina Union political science associate professor

Alexandra Weaver, 2019-2020 staff co-chair
University Advising Center academic coach and undergraduate studies advisor 


Committee Chairs, Vice Chairs
Advocacy and Policy
Heather Heckman
Leadership & Professional Development

Gloria Washington, Marketa Kubickova

Mary Alexander

Membership & Communication
Marjorie Riddle Duffie, LaTasha Martin
Graduate Studies
Ellie Davis, Chelsea Larsen


Upcoming Events

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Wellness and Leadership seminar.  Please join us on February 25th in Close Hipp 548 from 11:30-1:00 pm as we hear the story of Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry.  She was a higher education administrator and working her body sick resulting in both a lupus and breast cancer diagnosis in the same year.  She has some excellent lessons learned and words of advice every one of us need to hear.  Afterwards, we will hear from NothingPink which will provide an awareness about cancer prevention through genetic testing and by sharing personal testimonies from individuals who have experienced the path of prevention. 

Women's Leadership Institute

WLI features workshops, interactive presentations and a networking luncheon centered on promoting greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities women face as they seek to achieve a work/life balance. There is also time for participants to informally network and collaborate with women across disciplines or even across institutions. Registration opens April 1st at 8:00 am.  The event will take place April 29th in the Russell House student union.  More information can be found here. 

Guest Speaker

April 22nd-12:00PM-1:00PM-Close-Hipp Building Room 584: Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Marjorie Spruill. Dr. Marjorie Spruill is Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of South Carolina. A historian, she is well known for her work on women and politics from the woman suffrage movement to the present as well as her work on the history of the American South. Most recently Spruill is the author of the highly acclaimed Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics (Bloomsbury 2017).


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