COSW Events

2020-2021 Events


Live Movie Screening: A Fine Line: A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen

Film Screening: September 10, 2020: 5:00pm, Virtual Event: RSVP for Online Location Link

Film Discussion: September 15, 2020: 12:00pm, Virtual Event: RSVP for Online Location Link

The WSUSOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development (OFAPD) and the Women in Medicine and Science Group (WIMS) together with several partners across WSU is hosting a social event for our community to connect virtually as we continue to understand the battles many women face in their endeavors to rise to leadership roles in their industries. We will be streaming the Documentary "A Fine Line – A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen" to underline the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity in achieving excellence. This thought-provoking movie illustrates many of the challenges that women, especially women of color, face as they juggle careers and domestic responsibilities – a story of hardship and success. We have collaborated with the producer of the documentary to arrange a special screening for the WSU family and are hoping that you will join us with your families and loved ones in watching this entertaining and enlightening short movie (70 min). During the live screening you will be provided a Bingo Card with several themes that contribute to gender inequity in the workplace. We request that you print this out and mark off the themes that you recognize as you watch the movie. To get extra points, make a note of the details of these instances. The first to type "bingo" in the chat will be eligible for a small prize.  To RSVP Click here! 


Understanding FMLA

August 20, 2020: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Virtual Event: Join Zoom Meeting Link

Have you ever wondered what FMLA is, who is eligible for it and when to apply for it? You are not alone! Join us for an informative webinar covering the Who, What, When & Why of the Family Medical Leave Act. Presenters: Angela Jackson, Benefits & Leave Administrator Human Resources, Benefit & Wellness Julie Crego, Senior HR Consultant HR Region MPN, School of Medicine & College of Nursing. View the flier here.

For more information contact: Julie Crego 313.577.9618 To RSVP Click here! 


COSW Emergency Relief Assistance Lottery

The Wayne State University President's Commission on the Status of Women is aiding WSU students whose financial needs have been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance is being provided in the way of Amazon gift cards in the amount of $50.00. As our resources are limited, this assistance will be provided by way of student application and lottery. We will be able to provide up to forty (40) gift cards. If you are interested in participating in this gift card lottery, please fill out this application. Any student of any gender identity is eligible to apply provided you were enrolled/graduated in the Winter 2020 term or are currently enrolled for Spring/Summer 2020. More information about eligibility and requirements can be found on the application. View the flier here.


Past Events

Human Trafficking: "The Real Deal"

September 26, 2019: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Student Center Building Room 285

Join us for an important conversation about raising awareness about human/sex trafficking, action being taken to end it in our state, and how you can advocate against it. Featuring Mary Kapp, Retired Michigan State Police lieutenant, served 31 1/2 years. Mary Kappa is a 2018 Liberator Award recipient for her work in the area of human trafficking. Her work includes conducting educational presentations, participating as a volunteer for the S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) Project, and serving as a facilitator for human trafficking survivor retreats. For more information contact: Darlene Pennington-Johnson 313.577.0787 or Jessica Pfeiffer 313.577.1716 To RSVP Click here!  View flyer here. 

Women of Distinction Awards

November 7, 2019 4:00pm -7:30pm in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Awards submissions are accepted August 26 - September 30. These awards recognize WSU women who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to women, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also, recipients of the Federation of Women's Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit and Women of Wayne Scholarships will be recognized. For more information about the nomination process, contact Patricia Dixon, at or 313-577-3243. Join us on November 7, 2019 from 4:00pm -7:30pm in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. 

RSVP here by October 25 to attend

"Exploring Intersectionality"-What is it?

November 21, 2019 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 pm, Student Center Building, Hilberry D

COSW's Gender and Equity Committee invites you to join us and share your thoughts and energy on Intersectionality. Come join us for a cup of tea or coffee and insightful discussion about Intersectionality

• Engage in an activity demonstrating "it"

• Discussion to define "it"

• Explore how "it" impacts you.

For more information contact: Darlene Pennington-Johnson or 313.577.0787 Jessica Pfeiffer or 313.577.1716 To RSVP click here.

Past, Present, and Future? 1920-2020

March 5, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm in Student Center, Hilberry D

The Gender & Equity Committee of the President's Commission of the Status of Women (COSW) would like to invite you to join us for the 2020 Women's History Month Presentation featuring Dr. Janine Lanza, Associate Professor, History and Director of the Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies Program and Dr. Elizabeth Faue, Professor and Chair, History. Special Presentation featuring Stephanie Hawkes, Assistant Director Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE)

For more information contact: Darlene Pennington-Johnson or 313.577.0787 Jessica Pfeiffer or 313.577.1716 To RSVP click here. View flyer here.

Reproductive Health Matters

February 14, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Student Center, Hilberry A

Celebrate Valentine's Day and National Condom Week with your questions answered by WSU graduate and Henry Ford Health System OB/GYN Dr. Rehab Shabana. There will be light refreshments and giveaways! Submit questions here. RSVP here

Wayne State 150th Panel Series: Wayne State and Its Connection to Title IX

March, 22, 11:00am, Reuther Library

Join Theresa Arist, Chief of Staff of Wayne State Athletics, Dr. Antonia Abbey, Chair of WSU's Psychology Department, and Linda Galante, Wayne State Associate General Counsel, as they discuss Title IX and its impact on Wayne State. Co-sponsored by WSULS and COSW.

"Nevertheless, She Persisted": Women Making History

March 27, 2018, 12-1:30pm, Student Center, Hilberry D

In celebration of Women's History, Michael Heaney, Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies & Political Science at the University of Michigan, & Beth Currans, Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss the vital role of women in political movements today. Event will include a light lunch, and Q & A at the end.

Equal Pay Day Bake Sale

April 10, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm, State Hall Bake Sale Area

The COSW Information and Research Committee will hold its annual Equal Pay Day Bake Sale on Equal Pay Day, Tuesday April 10, from 10am-3pm in the State Hall bake sale area. The date symbolizes how far women must work into 2018 to catch up to what men earned in 2017 because nationally women only earn $0.80 for every $1.00 men earn. At our bake sale, individuals identifying as women will pay $0.80 for a baked good and individuals identifying as men will pay $1.00. Proceeds benefit the WSU High Program. 

Closing the Gap: Equal Pay

April 10, 2018, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Student Center Building, Hilberry EF

On Equal Pay Day, COSW will host an informative event in recognition of the important work being done to obtain equal pay. The date symbolizes how far women must work into 2018 to catch up to what men have already earned in 2017. A light lunch will be served. A light lunch will be served.  Be on the lookout for an official RSVP. For more information about this free event, contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at or 313.577.0787 or Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243. 

The Heavy Lifting of Institutional Change: Cultivating Strategies for Equity

April 12, 2018, 1:30pm, Student Center Building, Room 285

Kris De Welde's remarks will focus on key patterns of systemic inequities in higher education, as well as strategies for overcoming the exclusionary practices, inequitable policies, and micro-level biases that leverage unequal outcomes in faculty careers. De Welde's approach attends to intersecting identities and social categories of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and other statuses as a means to move towards authentically inclusive and justice-oriented academic workplaces. Drawing on her research, she will provide insight on the varying levels of academic life – structural, cultural, climate – that must be addressed for lasting organizational change to occur. For more information about this free event, contact Krista Brumley at or 313.577.1418. 

Take Back the Night

April 16, Student Center Building
Tack Back the Night is an international event organized to educate communities and engage them in the fight against sexual assault, abuse, and violence against men and women. Click here to view the flyer. For more information, contact Laina Wirgau at

3rd Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk

April 17, 2018, 10:45am-2:00pm, Undergaduate Library, Community Room, 3rd Floor

We invite you to participate in a one mile walk aimed at bringing awareness to mental health on the college campus. A donation of 5 nonperishable food items or $5.00 is suggested with proceeds being donated to the WSU Food Pantry. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am, and the first 50 people get a gift bag! To RSVP or for more information, contact: CAPS | Patricia Dixon at at 313.577.3398 OR School of Social Work | Shantalea Johns at 313.577.4409. 


World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Fountain Court in front of UGL

World Suicide Prevention Day is where students, staff, faculty, and the greater community are invited to remember those lost to suicide by signing the candles in the court yard. Information on suicide, where to get help, and how to talk with someone thinking of suicide will be distributed. 


Clothesline Project

September 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Student Center, Hilberry A (Second floor)

The Clothesline Project is s visual display of shirts with messages designed by survicors of domestic violence or supporters of survivors. Shirts will be displayed in the UGL during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Snacks, t-shirts, and art supplies provided! Contact Rachel Kollin at for more information.


NO MORE Campaign and Photobooth

October 4, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Gullen Mall

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, join us in the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Come learn about the NO MORE campaign and how you can help. Take a photo with the NO MORE sign to support this initiative. Bring a friend! View flyer here. Contact Rachel Kollin at for more information.


Making Your Vote Count

October 22, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Student Center 285

Join us for a discussion On the ballot for the November 6 midterm elections. Sponsored by Detroit League of Women Voters and Gender and Equity Committee. View flyer here. RSVP here at


Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

November 1, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Student Center Ballroom

Make sure that you reserve a spot at the Wayne State Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony. We will also be recognizing the talents of or our 2018 Women of Wayne and Federation of Women's Clubs of Metropolitan Detroit scholarship recipients. Ceremony will feature remarks by Detroit President Pro Tem Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and Provost Keith Whitfield. Reception with light refreshments at 4 pm, followed by ceremony from 4:30 to 6 pm. Please RSVP by October 26 at  For more information about this event, please contact Kimberly Morgan, or Patricia Dixon,


Intersectionality: What Is It?

November 15, 12:00pm - 1:30 pm, Student Center Hilberry D

Come join us for a cup of coffee and discussion about Intersectionality Featuring Dessa Cosma. Discussion will include defining "it", an opportunity to find out how "it" impacts you, and an activity to demonstrating "it"! View flyer here. RSVP here at


Human Trafficking Lecture

January 23, 3:30pm-5:00pm, Hilberry EF

Join us and Guest Speaker: Jermey Norwood, Ph.D Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice at Spring Harbor University for an important conversation about raising awareness about human/sex trafficking, action being taken to end it in our state, and how you can advocate against it. For any questions email Rachel Kollin at for more information. View the flyer here. 


Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019 Logo Competition

Logo Deadline: February 22, 2019

I Ask...Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign held every April to raise public awareness about sexual assault. Use your creativity to help us raise awareness and create positive change in Metro Detroit by creating Wayne State's SAAM logo. Incorporate this year's theme, "I Ask..." into your design. The winning logo will be used in event promotions and on 2" buttons. For more info, contact Alex Stoklosa at View the flyer here. 

The Future Is Female

March 28, 2019: 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Student Center Hilberry D

A panel event for Women's History Month featuring Dr. Elizabeth Faue, Dr. Janine Lanza, and students from the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program. A discussion about the growth of women in politics. For more information about this free event, contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at or 313.577.0787 or Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243. View the flier here. RSVP here

Equal Pay Day: Nevertheless, She Persisted: The fight for equal pay continues!

April 3, 2019: 12:30pm, Student Center: Hilberry EF

Join COSW for a town hall type lunch time gathering in the Student Center Rooms Hilberry E/F featuring Stephanie Chang Michigan State Senator District 1. For more information about this free event contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at or 313.577.0787 or Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243. RSVP here.


Survivor Services Panel

April 15, 2019: 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Student Center: Hilberry ABC

Join the President's Commission on the Status of Women for a panel discussion about sexual assault services. Panelists include Brandy Banks: Title IX Coordinator, Wayne State University; Ellen Barrett-Beckey, PhD LP Associate/Training Director, CAPS, Wayne State University: Erin Engel, BSN, RN, SANE-A SANE Program Co-Director, WC SAFE: Kalimah Johnson Executive Director, SASHA Center; Jessie Urban, LMSW, MPH Youth and Legal Program Director, LA VIDA. For any questions, email Rachel Kollin at View the flier here. 


Bake Sale

April 22, 2019: 9am - 12pm, Student Center

The COSW will be hosting a bake sale and all proceeds will benefit the W Pantry.


Mental Health Awareness Week Walk

The COSW is supporting the WSU Mental Health Anti Stigma Committee for their Mental Health Awareness Week Walk on Thursday, May 9th .Contact Patricia Dixon For more information, contact Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3398 |Shantalea Johns at or 313-577-4409


Work-Life Balance: Coping with Bullying in the Workplace

June 25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, UGL Community Room 3rd Floor

This is a Panel Workshop on providing tips to cope and stop work place bullying featuring Annmarie Cano, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success and Loraleigh Keashly, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. For more information, contact Patricia Dixon at RSVP here. View the flier here.