The Office of the President Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) was formed in the Spring of 2008 as an outgrowth of the Creating Change Initiative coordinated by former UCOP Associate President Linda Williams and UCSF Center for Gender Equity Director Amy Levine. Their analysis of data gathered from visits to the ten campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and the Office of the President led to their recommendation that a Committee on the Status of Women be formed at each location.
Although the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women has representation from each of the aforementioned UC locations, PACSW is focused on the advancement of the women of UCOP. The charge of PACSW is to examine issues regarding the status of women at UCOP, analyze existing policies, procedures, and/or programs that affect those issues; advance an agenda to improve the climate and opportunities for women at UCOP; identify model programs or activities and support implementation; and recommend to the President changes that will afford women equal and fair access to UCOP programs, activities and opportunities for inclusion and advancement.
The appointment of the Office of the President Advisory Committee on the Status of Women demonstrates leadership's commitment to a diverse workforce to support the university's mission of teaching and research. The work of this committee will be especially significant as the role of the Office of the President continues to evolve.