UM Campus Issues

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On the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus, CEW works to ensure that the environment is equitable and inclusive for women and men. In our nearly 50 years as a voice on this campus, CEW has served as an incubator for climate and policy changes that positively affect women.

CEW influences policies for faculty, staff and students through its leadership of the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues.

Our efforts to prevent and address domestic and sexual violence and harassment have increased collaboration, and resulted in policy change and comprehensive resources for the University community.

Fostering diversity and inclusion has been an essential element of the Center’s work from our earliest days of breaking down barriers to women’s advancement.

Successes and barriers facing women of color faculty at the University were discussed in a 2008 paper, published Women of Color Faculty at the University of Michigan: Recruitment, Retention, and Campus Climate by CEW Postdoctoral Scholar Aimee Cox, now an assistant professor of African and African American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. This report was based on interviews with current and former UM faculty, and includes an extensive set of policy recommendations.


Our advocacy for student parents has led us to collaborate with others across campus to successfully recommend policy improvements and create new services.

From its beginning, CEW has worked to create opportunities for students to enter and succeed at the University of Michigan. CEW helps students through counseling, programs and scholarships for students whose education has been interrupted; transfer assistance for community college students; and advocacy on the local, state and federal levels.

Through assistance packages offered by the Office of Financial Aid, the University meets the demonstrated financial need of undergraduate students who are Michigan residents.