About Us

CEW Mission

CEW advances diversity and inclusion at the University of Michigan by serving as a resource, voice, and advocate to empower women and nontraditional students. CEW provides immediate and ongoing services and financial support needed to ensure educational success and degree completion. Women and nontraditional students are CEW’s primary constituency, but all students are welcome. CEW also serves those who encounter education and career obstacles based on their non-linear paths to, and experiences within, the University community.

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 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 continues its work today serving University students, staff and faculty, community members, women and men, facing educational, employment or other life issues.

We at CEW hope that the information on our website is helpful to you and that you will continue to use our  services now and in your future.

Read about CEW's 50-year history at U-M.