Committee on Services and Resources for Women

About

The Committee on Services and Resources for Women (CSRW) is an interdisciplinary group of USM-affiliated individuals interested in women's issues on campus and in the local Hattiesburg community. Since 1984, the CSRW has been active in the promotion of women's issues by coordinating public cultural events and conferences with renowned guest speakers, creating a women’s and gender studies library (a collection of books, media, and other resources), and providing funding for research by faculty and students related to gender and women.

Each year in March, CSRW organizes a Women's History Month Program, which is open to the public. Other CSRW public events have included brownbag-lunch lecture series, public-school book drives, "Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” and other special presentations.

As indicators of its success, several programs developed by the committee have moved into the wider university community, including the Women's and Gender Studies Program, a university childcare committee and center, and a literacy outreach program. An important part of our work is to identify issues relevant to women's experiences and work with the university to address them. For more information on the Committee and its activities, please visit the CSRW website on the Aquila Digital Community of USM.

Mission Statement

CRSW is a group of USM Faculty, staff, and students who are committed to serving women both within the university and the communities it serves by 1) identifying needs, 2) promoting resources to meet those needs, and 3) acting as a catalyst for improving the status and lives of women. We will fulfill this mission through education, programming, and networking.

Goals

1) Identifying needs of women on USM campuses and surrounding communities by

  • Maintaining a regular meeting schedule that facilitates communication about the needs of women locally,
  • Communicating specific criteria for CSRW membership, whether volunteer or appointed, to foster diverse representation of the university
  • Acting as a liaison between the university and surrounding communities,
  • Inviting CSRW members to be active in the campus and local community by, creating, sponsoring and/or participating in women's experiences to identify needs of women.

 2) Promoting resources to meet those identified needs by

  • Maintaining a list of current resources available to women on campus and locally,
  • Sponsoring, promoting, and establishing events that promote women’s interests,
  • Inviting community organizations to participate and attend program events on campus,
  • Communicating our committee’s activities via our websites and social media accounts.

 3) Acting as a catalyst for improving the status of women by

  • Advocating for positive change,
  • Promoting education related to the status of women via events, programming, and dissemination of relevant information,
  • Creating, sponsoring, and promoting programming related to working mothers, affirmative action, pay issues, and the like,
  • Providing mentoring relationship opportunities for new and established faculty and staff

Meetings

CSRW meets the first Tuesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. in the Cook Library’s Writing Center conference room. Meetings are open to the public, and we welcome everyone, including people of all genders, to attend. CSRW would like to have representatives from all departments on campus.

Awards

  • The Peggy Jean Conner Research Award. This is a grant award for research on a subject related to women or gender. USM faculty, graduate students, and staff may apply for this award in early spring; the award will be announced at the end of March each year.
  • The Kathanne W. Greene Award. This student paper award is for an outstanding essay or article focused on a gender topic. Any current USM graduate or undergraduate student may apply for this award in early spring; the award will be announced at the end of March each year.

For more information, stay in touch through the following:

  • Follow CSRW on Facebook.
  • Get further information on CSRW, including events, awards, and meetings, on Aquila