CEW+ empowers women+ and underserved individuals in the University of Michigan and surrounding communities by serving as an advocate and providing resources to help individuals reach their academic, financial, and professional potential.


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, and all genders, facing education, employment or other life issues.

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What We Do

CEW+ provides immediate and ongoing services and the financial support needed to ensure educational success and degree completion. Women+ and underserved 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.

We proudly support students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with:

Who We Are

The CEW+ Team

Our dedicated team is passionate about helping underserved communities and individuals at the University and beyond thrive.

Meet Our Team

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Since 1964, CEW+ has worked to remove obstacles that impact women and other marginalized groups at U-M. CEW+ has also served as a bridge for returning students and community college transfers and fought for family-friendly policies that have benefited both men and women. Our understanding of the challenges faced by underserved students and underrepresented faculty and staff allows us to contribute greatly to diversity at U-M by providing supports and resources that are responsive to the emerging needs of these groups.

Advisory Groups

The CEW+ Leadership Council

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

The Leadership Council is our current active group of advisors.

  • Barbara Anderson
  • Christine Black
  • Mischa Boardman
  • Andrea Darden
  • Lee Gorman
  • Susan S. Gutow
  • Caroline Lee
  • Ciara Merriman
  • Laurita Thomas
  • Don Vereen

The CEW+ Emeritae Council honors all those who have served on the Leadership Council, helping the Center to become what we are today. The Emeritae Council includes:

Menakka M. Bailey
Lisa Baker
Nancy Barbour
Norma C. Barfield
Ellen M. Byerlein
Jean W. Campbell*
Lois P. Cohn
Julie F. Cummings
Martha Meier Dean
Beverly B. Denbo*
Anthony Derezinski
Molly H. Dobson
Carol Doll
Anne Duderstadt
Susan S. Florsheim
Geraldine B. Ford*
Tiffany Ford
Twink Frey
Beverley Geltner
Christine Green
Matina Souretis Horner
Margaret Kephart
Constance M. Kinnear
Rani Kotha
Judith H. Lax
Anne Lehker
Ashley M. Maentz
William Martin
Rebecca McGowan*
Virginia Patton Moss
Robert D. Oliver
Karen O’Neal
Ann V. Parfet
Lana B. Pollack
Sheila Potiker*
Kathleen K. Power
Mary Princing
Desma Reid-Coleman
Margaret A. Riecker*
Karla Scherer
Ann Sneed Schriber
Martha R. Seger*
Gil Seinfeld
Carol S. Smokler
Maxine J. Snider
Elizabeth Stranahan*
Alicia Torres
Nellie M. Varner
Erica A. Ward
Marina v. N. Whitman

* in memoriam


Student Caregiver Excellence Committee, Student Parent Advisory Board, and
Student Caregiver Faculty and Staff Allies

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