About Us

Mission of the Center for the Education of Women

The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women is dedicated to encouraging and enhancing the education and careers of adult women through programs and services, advocacy and research.

Message from the Director

CEW Leadership Council

The Center is pleased to have the volunteer efforts of many talented and generous individuals. The Center has a long tradition of a volunteer advisory board. Without this group’s commitment, leadership, and ambassadorship for the Center, our work would not be possible.

The Leadership Council is our current active group of advisors. Meet our Leadership Council members.

Professional Development Networks

CEW sponsors a number of voluntary professional development networks. The Women of Color in the Academy Project for faculty women is designed to increase the awareness on campus of the contributions of women of color faculty while promoting social and professional interaction. The WOCAP video, “Through My Lens,” provides insights on how to increase retention and improve the climate for women of color faculty. WOCAP is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009.

The Junior Women Faculty Network helps tenure-track women connect with their women colleagues all across campus and learn effective strategies for their career success.

The Women of Color Task Force, founded in 1979, moved to CEW in 2002. The Task Force conference is the largest professional development activity on campus each year. In addition, WCTF sponsors the Women of the Year awards which recognizes the contributions of women of color staff at the University, as well as various professional development and mentoring activities for staff.

CEW History

Established in 1964, CEW was a pioneering university women's center. Designed to serve the needs of women students as well as women returning to school or work, CEW (then known as the Center for the Continuing Education of Women) was founded with a three part mission of service, advocacy, and research. CEW maintains that mission today, serving University students, staff and faculty, community members, women and men, facing educational, employment or other life issues.

Over the years, CEW has served as a model for other centers, has worked on behalf of women on this campus, in the state of Michigan, and nationally, and has conducted research informing us about women's lives – their work, their education, their family demands, and their aspirations.

We at CEW hope that the information on our website is helpful to you and that you will continue to use our research and services now and in your future. We invite you to come meet us in person – at one of our programs, at a counseling meeting, or in our library.

Please assist us in continuing to provide this unique resource.