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PACWI serves as an advocate for women faculty, staff, and students at the University of South Carolina (USC Columbia and regional campuses).  PACWI assesses current policies, recommends new policies and procedures, focuses on areas that need improvement, and provides opportunities to enhance the quality of USC's campus community. 

The work of PACWI largely takes place in the following subcommittees:

Diversity in Leadership

Addresses issues affecting women and other minority faculty and staff, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Works to identify and publicize initiatives and events that are relevant to the University community.  2018-2019 Co-chairs: Marjorie Duffie (, Darla Moore School of Business, and Orgul Ozturk (, Moore School of Business

Mentoring and Professional Development

Promotes networking opportunities among university women to reduce isolation and create a fertile atmosphere to exchange ideas.2018-2019 Chair: Liz Carmon (, Student Success Center

New and Existing Polices

Reviews existing policies that affect women faculty, staff, and graduate students and develops new policies or policy revisions to improve the university environment for women. 2018-2019 Co-chairs: Sayward Harrison (, Arnold School of Public Health, and Jacqueline Knight (, Healthy Campus Initiatives


Explores how technology can increase opportunities for women and offers training on selected topics. 2018-2019 Chair: Gloria Washington (, Center for Teaching Excellence

Women Graduate Students (WGS)

Explores ways in which the University can better support women graduate students and improve their overall experience at the University. 2018-2019 Co-chairs: Chelsea Larsen (, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, and Megan Smith (, Chemistry

Women's Leadership Institute (WLI)

Plans and implements an annual conference focused on issues relevant to women in higher education in the state of South Carolina. Chair: Mary Alexander (, Office of the Provost

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