History of CSW


Mission: This organization shall assist the President of the University and have as its ultimate purpose the assurance that every effort is expanded to give equal consideration to women in all phases of operation of the University and to create an environment equally supportive of achievements by both men and women. It shall endeavor to ensure full participation and encouragement of the contributions from women pursuing the overall goals of the University.

Origins: Eileen Lieben, Dean of Women requested the formation of the committee.  On August 1971 Fr. Joseph J. Labaj, S.J. appointed the advisory committee. First meeting was Oct 28, 1971. Made a standing statutory committee in 1973.

First Mary Lucretia Creighton Award: 1981

Instrumental in Establishing:

Staff Advisory Council

Affirmative Action

Groundwork for women athletics and facilities

Women's Resource Center (now Lieben Center for Women)

Official policy on sexual harassment

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Women's History Month Events

Gender climate survey of students, staff, faculty


Benefits for Part-time employees

Pay Equity

Equal Opportunity and representation

Child Development Center

The Eileen B. Lieben Center for Women

Paid Parental Leave Policy