Committee on Services and Resources for Women


CRSW is a group of USM faculty, staff, and students who are committed to serving the community of women, both on campus and in our local Hattiesburg area, by 1) identifying needs, 2) locating resources to meet those needs, and 3) advocating for positive change. We will fulfill this mission through education, programming, and networking.


Act as a liaison between the university and surrounding communities by

  • Inviting community organizations to participate and attend program events on campus,
  • Sponsoring, promoting, and establishing events that promote women's diverse interests,
  • Inviting CSRW members to be active in the community by creating, sponsoring, and/or participating in women's experiences.

 Maintain and adapt to the university by

  • Improving organization/management of the committee,
  • Communicating specific criteria for CSRW membership,
  • Setting appropriate meeting intervals,
  • Reporting to the Provost.

 Act as a catalyst for improving the status of women on campus by

  • Promoting education related to the status of women by conducting small workshops, a listserv, and programming,
  • Creating, sponsoring, and promoting small group(s) related to working parents, affirmative action, pay issues, and the like,
  • Providing mentoring relationship opportunities for new and established faculty and staff,
  • Compiling a list of current resources available to women on campus.


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.


  • The Peggy Jean Connor 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