Commission on Women

Mission Statement and Goals

As directed by the University of Minnesota's 1988 Minnesota Plan II, the Commission on Women at the University of Minnesota, Morris seeks to strengthen the entire community by enriching the working and learning environments of women.

Our goals:

  • To promote dialogue on issues relevant to women
  • To challenge norms, values, and attitudes that demean or devalue women while supporting constuctive change
  • To encourage faculty, staff, students, and administration to provide humane working and learning environments
  • To promote fair treatment of women in academic and campus life including such areas as instruction, hiring, mentoring, evaluation, promotion and institutional awards or recognition
  • To recognize and celebrate UMM women's accomplishments and contributions

We pursue these goals by:

  • enhancing and supporting the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major
  • holding regular advisory board meetings and summarizing happenings to the campus community
  • representing the Commission on Women in campus governance to include Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty and P & A Affairs Committee
  • co-sponsoring speakers and other activities that support the Commission's mission
  • awarding grant monies according to established criteria and guidelines
  • researching and formulating policy proposals that promote a supportive working and learning environment for women


The board consists of ten staff and faculty members who are appointed on a two-year with representation as follows:

3 faculty/teaching P&A
2 non-teaching P&A
3 USA staff
Violence Prevention Program Coordinator
Staff Coordinator

Terms are staggered to provide a mix of new and returning members. Terms are renewable for a maximum of four consecutive years of service, after which a two-year break is required before returning to the board.

Faculty/Teaching P&A

Rachel Johnson

Heather Peters

Non-teaching P&A

Erica Karger-Gatzow

Chlene Anderson


Jenna Ray

Kristi Smith

UMM Violence Prevention Coordinator

Jeanne Williamson


Kerri Barnstuble

Get Involved

Your personal support of women's issues is critical. The advisory board wants to work with you to identify and prepare for the ever-changing role of women in our society. To do so, you can:

  • Take a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies class
  • Attend sponsored events to learn more about women's issues
  • Indicate your interest in serving on the advisory board to a current member
  • Utilize programs and services supported by Commission on Women activities
  • Serve on a Commission on Women sub-committee focusing on an issue of interest
  • Speak with board members about issues you would like to see addressed (e.g. pay equity, women and sports)
  • Apply for a Commission on Women tuition grant to attend a seminar or develop a campus initiative (student, staff and faculty grants available)