About us:

For more than forty years, the CWI (formerly the SCW) has focused on the plethora of –isms and –phobias that affect the spectrum of women- and/or female-identified people, and is intentionally inclusive of all intersecting social identities, therein. The CWI serves to examine the subtle manifestations of power, privilege, and oppression including but not limited sexism, racism, genderism, transphobia, classism, ableism, homophobia, and xenophobia within higher education, and to educate ACPA members about these issues and their effects within our profession. Through round-table discussions, sponsored programs, publications, representation on ACPA boards and commissions, sponsored scholarly projects, and networking, CWI brings these issues to the forefront and empowers and supports women- and female-identified people and their allies in their professional aspirations in higher education and student affairs. Through education, empowerment, advocacy, and support, CWI works in collaboration with the ACPA membership at large to effect positive change for the spectrum of women- and female-identified people within higher education and student affairs.


The Coalition for Women's Identities supports, develops, and empowers the spectrum of women- and female-identified people and those in solidarity with us through advocacy and activism, engaging community, and scholarship.

Guiding Principles:

We support, develop and empower through:

Advocacy & Activism

  • Honoring the intersecting social identities of the spectrum of women- and female-identified people
  • Addressing inequity related to sex, gender, and gender expression
  • Promoting and celebrating inclusivity
  • Upholding the values of ACPA by focusing on accountability and responsibility

Engaging Community

  • Attending, responding, and adapting to the needs of our constituents
  • Creating and facilitating opportunities for mentoring, networking and connecting with colleagues
  • Providing professional and career development opportunities
  • Fostering relationships and collaborations in solidarity with the spectrum of women- and female-identified people


  • Educating ourselves, the association, and the larger community about issues relevant to our mission
  • Advancing the understanding of identity and intersectionality
  • Supporting and promoting scholarship in the field