The Coalition for Women Students (CWS) was formed in 1912 as the Association for Women Students (AWS) by the Washington State College women students. The term “coalition” was adopted in the fall of 1993 to express a common vision for the student groups involved. A coalition is comprised of distinct groups or persons in alliance for joint action. In this case the joint action is heightening awareness of issues pertaining to women locally and globally.
CWS has been the leader in making relevant social and political issues prominent at WSU. Programming has been intended to educated students on foreign and domestic affairs since the 1920s. CWS has always focused on events for students and has become involved in political activities and advocating for safety, equity, and diversity on campus. Currently, CWS is comprised of five groups: The Association for Pacific and Asian Women, Black Women's Caucus, Mujeres Unidas, Native American Women's Association, and the YWCA of WSU. CWS also funds two other organizations: the Women's Transit Program and the NEW Leadership Summer Institute. CWS symbolizes unity and diversity by representing the interests of women from diverse cultural background. CWS and its coalition groups sponsor programs and activities that heighten students' awareness of issues pertaining to class, race and gender. For more information contact the Women's Resource Center 509-335-6849.