Upcoming Events

Gender Equity Work Group October Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Time:  3:30pm-4:30pm

Location:  AAUP-AFT Office, 5057 Woodward, Suite 3301

October meeting of the Gender Equity Work Group, a collaborative group between COSW, AAUP-AFT, and WIMS. Anyone with an interest in women's issues and equality is welcome to join. For more information, contact Michelle Fecteau at


Women of Distinction Award

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time:  4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location:  Saint Andrews Hall

During the event, we will celebrate the accomplishments of phenomenal women selected by COSW and Wayne Women LEAD who have demonstrated a commitment to women and/or issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their leadership and involvement in the campus community and beyond. COSW will be acknowledging and honoring The Women of Wayne Incentive Scholarship Recipients and the Federation of Women's Club Metropolitan Detroit Scholarship Recipients.


Click here to view the flyer. For more information about this event, contact Tamara Serrano Chandler at or 313.577.4378 | Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243. 


Intersectionality: What Is It?

Date:  November 9, 2017

Time:  12 pm - 1:30 pm

Location:  Student Center Hilberry D

Increase your knowledge of how intersectionality affects everyone. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to view the flyer. For more information, contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at or 313.577.0787 | Patricia Dixon at or 313.577.3243.


Relax for Success

Date:  December 5, 2017

Time:  11:00am-2:00pm

Location:  Student Center Hilberry E & F

To help students with stress during exams, COSW's Health and Wellness Committee provides students with healthy snacks, mindfulness activities, yoga and support from CAPS and the Academic Success Center. Yoga mats will be available along with a raffle for free yoga sessions. For more information, contact Stephanie E. Smothers at or 313.867.4468.



Past Events

Strengthening Women's Civic and Political Participation #HoldTheFloor

Date:  Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

Time:  12 pm - 1:30 pm

Location:  Student Center Hilberry E and F

Join us for a panel discussion on "Strengthening Women's Civic and Political Participation" #HoldTheFloor. "Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation." -- Coretta Scott King.

Panel guests:  Krista Brumley (Sociology), Elizabeth Faue (History), Nicole Gerring (Political Science), Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSW) Program Director Janine Lanza (History) and Amanda Walter (History) will engage in a participatory discussion about the history of women in the U.S. labor movement, challenges to women's and labor rights around the globe, and current issues and trends that should concern women. Light lunch will be provided.  For more information about this event, please contact the President's Commission on the Status of Women at 577-2543 or


Equal Pay Day

Date:  Tuesday, April 4th 2017

Time:  12 pm - 1:30 pm

Location:  Undergraduate Library Community Room

In recognition of Equal Pay Day, the COSW will host a discussion on issues involving equal pay and the continued gender pay gap. Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Darlene Pennington-Johnson at


Understanding Consent:  Kickoff for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Date:  Wednesday, April 5th 2017

Time:  5 pm - 6:30 pm

Location:  Kresge Auditorium, Purdy/Kresge Library (1st Floor)

The Social Justice Committee of COSW invites you to attend a joint presentation on CONSENT as a kickoff to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Presented by: Haley Genaw, Program Manager and Tracey Helms, Empowerment Evaluator of Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, along with WSU's New Peer Educators.  For more information contact Sara Byczek at, and check out our facebook event.


Health Fair-COSW Table

Date:  Tuesday, April 18th 2017

Time:  10 am - 2 pm

Location:  Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

The COSW Health and Wellness Committee invites you to visit our table at the annual Health Fair organized by the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center.  For more information contact Aleksandra Stoklosa at


Take Back the Night

Date:  Wednesday, April 19th 2017

Time:  5 pm - 8 pm

Location:  Student Center Ballroom

Take Back the Night, which began in the US in the 1970s and focused on unsafe streets, cities and campuses, highlights the problem of violence against women as well as the broader issue of sexual violence.  Events take place during the month of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and seek to draw attention to the problem of sexual violence and to support those who have been victimized. This event is free and open to the public. For further information contact Sara Byczek at


Relax for Success!

Date:  Tuesday, April 24th 2017

Time:  11 am - 3 pm

Location:  Undergraduate Library Atrium

The COSW Health and Wellness Committee, in collaboration with the WSU Libraries, will hold its annual Relax for Success! Event. The event is hosted to support students, faculty, and staff during the stressful time of final exams.  This semester, the event will include an opportunity to relax with trained dogs.  In addition, the event will host stations such as art therapy, yoga and mindfulness, psychoeducational materials for managing the stress of finals, study tips, and healthy "brain" snacks and drinks.  For more information, contact Aleksandra Stoklosa