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RIT President's Commission on Women records

Identifier: RITArc-0785

Collection Scope and Content Note

The RIT President’s Commission on Women records contains digital files about the Commission and their initiatives. General information materials include membership lists, logos, and official recommendations and objectives. Materials regarding correspondences between former University Presidents and the Commission in the form of letters, memos, and reports, are available in this collection, as well as official academic publications and qualitative data from studies across campus. Meeting minutes, agendas, and presentations outline the goals and work that the Commission has done and continues to do on campus, and event planning and photos document community outreach initiatives. The bulk of the materials are dated between 2022-2024, but some documentation reaches back to 2008. Additional scope and content information can be found in the Contents List section of this finding aid.

The RIT President’s Commission on Women records has been arranged into five series, four of which have been further divided into subseries. This digital collection can be accessed on-site in the RIT Archives or by contacting the University Archivist.


  • Creation: 2008 - 2024

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use.

Historical Note

The President’s Commission on Women is a cross-divisional team that strives to improve campus culture in order to create an environment where women can thrive. To do this, they identify issues critical to the climate of women on campus, advise and make recommendations to the President and Provost on these issues, communicate with other groups on campus concerned with gender and identity, prioritize the recruitment and retention of women on campus, and educate the community on issues impacting women. The President’s Commission on Women consists of two groups: an Executive Advisory (ExAc) Committee, which includes various leaders from across campus, and the PCW, which is made up of representatives from various colleges and divisions who meet regularly to achieve the objectives of the Commission.

The President’s Commission on Women was created in 2004 by former University President Dr. Albert J. Simone, who identified a need for an advisory council whose sole purpose is to raise awareness of issues related to gender, and specifically those surrounding the recruitment, retention, and environment of women on campus. Since then, the Commission has provided candid advice and comments related to systematic concerns of the environment of women on campus, as well as provided resources and education to the campus community. They are an ongoing and active group on campus.


1 Gigabytes (Digital collection.)




The RIT President’s Commission on Women records are a fully-digital compilation of surveys, focus group information, strategic planning documents, photographs, memos, correspondence, event documentation, meeting minutes, and other documentation on the purpose and impact of the President’s Commission on Women. The bulk of the materials are from 2022-2024.

System of Arrangement

Series I: General Information, 2008-2024

  • Subseries A: Subcommittees, 2024
  • Subseries B: PCW Purpose and Perspective, 2008-2023
  • Subseries C: Membership, 2022-2024
  • Subseries D: PCW Logos, 2022-2023
  • Subseries E: Women’s Groups, 2024

Series II: Correspondence, 2009-2014

Series III: Academic Publications, 2012-2020

  • Subseries A: 2012 Report, 2012
  • Subseries B: Data and Focus Group Findings, 2019-2020

Series IV: Meetings, 2022-2024

  • Subseries A: Brainstorming and Planning, 2023-2024
  • Subseries B: Meeting Documents, 2022-2024

Series V: Events, 2022-2024

  • Subseries A: Event Documents 2023, 2022-2023
  • Subseries B: Event Documents 2024, 2024

Custodial History

The RIT President’s Commission on Women records were shared with the RIT Archives via the President’s Commission on Women - Google Drive folder link in December 2023 and were accessioned by the Archives under Accession # 2024:031.

Processed by

Elly Medcalf, 05/2024–06/2024

Finding Aid to the RIT President's Commission on Women Records 2008-2024
Elly Medcalf
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA