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, the Center for the Education of Women 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. The Center for the Education of Women+ (now known as 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
  • Chris Black (‘71, ‘74)
  • Mischa Boardman (‘97, ‘00)
  • Andrea Darden
  • Chris Euritt
  • Lee Gorman (‘79, ‘83)
  • Susan S. Gutow
  • Caroline Lee (‘88, ‘00)
  • Ciara Merriman (‘98)
  • Hillary Murt (’77)
  • Laurita Thomas (’70)
  • 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 (‘78)
Lisa Baker
Nancy Barbour (‘64)
Norma C. Barfield
Ellen M. Byerlein
Jean W. Campbell *
Lois P. Cohn (‘54)
Julie F. Cummings
Martha Meier Dean (‘75)
Beverly B. Denbo (‘64) *
Anthony Derezinski (‘67)
Molly H. Dobson (‘44)
Carol Doll (‘65)
Anne Duderstadt
Susan S. Florsheim (‘64)
Geraldine B. Ford (‘48) *
Tiffany Ford
Twink Frey (‘61, ‘70)
Beverley Geltner (‘67, ‘81)
Christine Green (‘74, ‘85)
Susan Himle-Wills (’77, ’79)
Matina Souretis Horner (‘63, ‘68)
Margaret Kephart
Constance M. Kinnear (‘71, ‘82)
Rani Kotha
Judith H. Lax (‘65)
Anne Lehker (‘92)
Ashley M. Maentz (‘64)
William Martin (‘65)
Rebecca McGowan *
Virginia Patton Moss *
Robert D. Oliver (‘94, ‘02)
Karen O’Neal (‘63)
Ann V. Parfet
Lana B. Pollack (‘65, ‘70, ‘71)
Sheila Potiker (‘50) *
Kathleen K. Power *
Mary Princing (‘60, ‘61)
Desma Reid-Coleman (‘75)
Margaret A. Riecker *
Karla Scherer (‘57)
Martha R. Seger (‘54, ‘55, ‘71) *
Ann Sneed Schriber (‘70)
Gil Seinfeld
Carol S. Smokler (‘68, ‘70, ‘74)
Maxine J. Snider (‘64)
Elizabeth Stranahan *
Alicia Torres
Nellie M. Varner (‘68)
Erica A. Ward (‘75)
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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