• The Women's Commission was formed in 1996 after a 1994 climate study suggested discontent from many of the women faculty and staff on campus. The study led to subsequent changes in salary structure.
  • The commission played a vital role in the hiring the Vice President for Planning and Equity, Pat Oldt, in 2000.
  • In 1999 a task force was formed to examine the viability of creating a women's center on campus. The Women's Center opened in 2001 and has been a collaborative partner of the Women's Commission since its inception.
  • In 2002 the Commission worked with the Women's Center in co-sponsoring the HerStory series which highlights women in leadership positions within the University. Since this time, over 40 women leaders from across the university have been highlighted.
  • In 2005, The commission partnered with Positive Black Women and the Women's Center to host monthly fireside chats.
  • In 2009 the commission celebrated the success of two of its subcommittee initiatives: the creation of flexible scheduling options and the creation of the career coaching position.
  • 2015 marks the 20th year of the commission