The Commission for Women is a body appointed by the Chancellor to advise on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of university programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of women on the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee. Its main purpose is to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive campus environment with special attention given to the needs of women.

First Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium, Saturday, April 18

Men and women are invited to attend this FREE, full-day professional conference with undergraduate and graduate poster and oral sessions, a plenary presentation given by Dr. Claudia Rawn (Director, UTK Center for Materials Processing), a question and answer panel of STEM faculty and staff from the university, Oak Ridge National Lab, and local industry, AND a STEM Student Org Expo.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED! Poster and oral abstracts now due FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD by 5 PM!

Learn more about the symposium here

Current Priorities

Each fall, the Commission for Women selects several issues upon which to place particular focus during the coming academic year. For the academic year 2014-15, the Commission will:

  • Review and revise its bylaws
  • Expand its advocacy work and improve communications
  • Advocate for improved work-life balance for faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • Review and recommend revisions to parental leave information and policies for faculty, staff, and graduate students
  • Advocate for the establishment of equitable, clearly designated physical spaces in both new construction and major building renovations to address privacy concerns for women and transgender persons, including:
    • Gender neutral/family bathrooms
    • Lactation rooms for faculty, staff, and students
  • Revise and review the current faculty/staff-student relationship policy
  • Review and comment upon UT’s new sexual misconduct and relationship violence reporting guidelines
  • Recruit new members



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