Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC)

Watch Provost Joseph McCarthy's introductory remarks for the reception to welcome new women faculty, featuring a lecture by Dr. Adriana Helbig, held Oct. 24, 2023. 


The Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns (PACWC) was created by former Provost Rhoten Smith in March 1983 to investigate the situation of women at Pitt; identify areas in which the University could improve responsiveness to women's concerns; suggest alternative solutions for perceived problems; and represent women in all areas of the University, including teaching, research, administration, and support services.

PACWC seeks to ensure a productive educational and work environment for faculty, staff, and students, particularly in areas related to women's concerns. It focuses on general issues of campus climate and programs as they affect women and those who identify as women throughout the University. PACWC seeks to assist the Provost and the University community through its mandate.

The committee is broadly representative across campuses and includes faculty members, staff, administrators, and students. PACWC participates in interviews of candidates for senior academic administrator positions and co-sponsors, with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program, an annual lecture and reception welcoming new women faculty to the University of Pittsburgh.

Read the PACWC Bylaws.


Meeting Dates

2023-2024 PACWC Meetings

  • October 17, 2023
  • December 5, 2023, noon-1 p.m.
  • February 20, 2024, noon-1 p.m.
  • April 8, 2024, noon-1 p.m.


View the current membership roster of Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns.

Meeting Minutes

Approved minutes of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns are available for the years 1996 through the current year.


PACWC hosts a number of events in support of its mission, including the annual event to welcome new women faculty and another celebrating newly promoted women faculty.

Support Resources

The University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of resources, programs, and initiatives to support students, postdocs, faculty and staff who identify as women in areas such as caregiving, diversity, health and wellness, and mentoring, Relevant policies and guidelines, as well as additional information regarding programs and publications available via outside organizations and institutions, are also included.

PACWC Historical Archive

View content of historical importance to Pitt and the foundational interests of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns.