President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)


PCSW honored Marie Harrell for her service and leadership in MTSU's Women's and Gender Studies Program. Marie began working for the WGST office in 2009 and retired in February 2023. Over the years, Marie facilitated many programs and conferences while providing administrative support for countless students and faculty in the WGST program. 
L'Oreal Stephens standing to the right of Marie Harrell. Both women are smiling.                 Dr. Vicky Maclean sitting next to Marie Harrell smiling. Dr. Maclean is holding her cell phone in front of her to take a selfie with Marie. 
Marie Harrell smiling and holidng her gifts, which include a pink bouquet of flowers in a purple sleeve and a blue gift bag covered in flowers that says For You in cursive.

      Top Left: L'Oreal Stephens (PCSW Chair) and Marie Harrell.
      Top Right: Dr. Vicky Maclean (Chair of WGST department) and Marie Harrell.
      Bottom: Marie Harrell holding her recognition gifts from PCSW.


The PCSW is a large standing committee that:

  • Identifies areas of concern to women students, faculty, staff, and administrators at MTSU
  • Researches how other universities and organizations deal with these issues
  • Recommends policy modifications, where needed
  • Funds seed projects to address problems not requiring policy changes
  • Finds permanent administrative homes for projects that have the potential for long-term positive impact
  • Provides support for activities of specific interest and benefit to women

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Mission Statement

MTSU's President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is a partnership with the President's Office and serves as a primary channel of communication regarding issues and concerns related to women students, staff, faculty and administrators.

The Commission's purpose is to advocate that the University respond to the needs of women by removing obstacles and building bridges between working and social environments for women.

To that end, the Commission works collaboratively with a broad constituency of groups, offices and organizations in promoting the advancement of women through education, support, and activism.


L'Oreal Stephens 

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