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Women's Issues Committee

2023 Women in Leadership Recognition event to be held on March 9th, 2023 in Fern Young Terrace at 4:00 pm.

The 2023 Women in Leadership honorees are:

  • Dr. Olamojiba Bamgbose, Department of Counselor Education
  • Brienne Brown, Community Member
  • Molly Cook, Continuing Education Services, College of Integrated Studies
  • Dr. Luz María Ede-Hernández, Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Dr. Eileen M. Hayes, Dean, College of Arts and Communication
  • Sky Johnson, Social Work Graduate Student
  • Rosalinda Martinez, Community Member
  • Montana Petersen, Sociology Undergradute Student
  • Lex Schuhmacher, Department of Educational Foundations
  • Dr. Jessica Walz, Departments of Women's and Gender Studies & Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology

For a list of previous honorees, please see this document.

This is the nineteenth in a series of annual receptions honoring women in leadership positions on the UW-Whitewater campuses. Each year, the Women’s Issues Committee “Women* in Leadership” program will highlight women* in different kinds of leadership roles. Notably, the Women’s Issues Committee recognizes that no single phrase will capture the diversity of identities related to gender, gender identities, gender expression or their intersections. Nominations are welcomed for trans* and genderqueer identified individuals.

Pictured above are the 2017 Women in Leadership Awardees and event organizers.

Gender Equity Report

Women's Issues CommitteeIn the spring of 2008, the Chancellor and the Provost authorized and funded the Gender Equity Report. Faculty members from the Women's Issues Committee collaborated with representatives from university administration and the Office of Institutional Research to form the Gender Equity Task Force in order to complete this report. The goal of the project is to initiate improved gender equity for students, staff, faculty, and administrators across campus.
Read the 2009 Gender Equity Report

UW-W Breastfeeding Policy

A Lactation room is now available in Hyland Hall 1006 - To register for access to the room, click on the following link Information on the campus breastfeeding policy may be found on the Human Resources website at

About the Committee

The Women's Issues Committee promotes interest in women and women's issues on campus by

      • Providing educational programming to celebrate women and their accomplishments e.g. sponsoring Women's History Month), combating sexism, and by encouraging content on women be included throughout the curriculum.
      • Conducting research to investigate the status of women on campus, their concerns, and their needs.

Women's Issues Committee meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 3:45-5:00 p.m.

Membership - Criteria for membership is interest in women's issues and willingness to participate actively. Membership is voluntary and final number of potential members flexible. Volunteer members should represent the following areas:

    • Women's Studies Department Chairperson (permanent chair of the committee)
    • Department of Athletics
    • Wellness Center
    • Academic Staff Assembly
    • Women's Center
    • Children's Center
    • Inclusive Excellence
    • Student Affairs
    • Student Community
    • LGBT Task Force
    • Members at Large
    • Other Constituencies

Women In Leadership Awards

Contact Us

Women's Issues Committee

Ellie Schemenauer (she/her/hers), Co-Chair
(262) 472-2872
Whitewater, WI 53190

Ashley Barnes-Gilbert (she/her/hers), Co- Chair
(262) 472-1970
Whitewater, WI 53190