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Campus Women Lead

Speakers Bureau

Members of the Campus Women Lead Speakers Bureau are available to speak on a range of topics related to women’s inclusive leadership.

To invite a CWL speaker to your campus, please contact Kathryn Campbell at or 202-387-3760, Ext. 403.

Members of the CWL Speakers Bureau include:


Nancy “Rusty” Barceló
Nancy “Rusty” Barceló is a Chicana and president of Northern New Mexico College. Prior to her tenure at NNMC, she was vice provost and vice president for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota and vice president and vice provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington. Born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Dr. Barceló began her career as an educator, administrator, and diversity advocate at the University of Iowa, where she received her Ph.D. in higher education administration. Today, she continues her work on both an institutional and national level as an educator, advocate, and spokesperson for equity and diversity in higher education. A self-described community builder, she is also an avid bicyclist and accomplished storyteller, songwriter/lyricist, and guitarist.

Carol Hollenshead

Carol S. Hollenshead
Carol S. Hollenshead is the former director of the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and Chair of the University of Michigan President's Advisory Commission on Women's Issues. As director of CEW, she oversaw research, service programs, advocacy, and policy development focused on higher education, careers and leadership for women. She has served as a principal research investigator or project director on numerous education and research programs concerning women in the academy, women’s organizations and leadership, women in science, mathematics and engineering, as well as women's education and careers. Her scholarship in these areas has been published in numerous national journals, such as New Directions in Higher Education, Diversity Digest, and Change. Director Emerita Hollenshead is active in a variety of education and professional organizations: as the Chair of the Board of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) from 1994-1996; as the state coordinator for the Michigan American Council on Education Network from 1999 to 2002; and currently as a member of the national ACE Network Executive Board. Carol has also chaired the President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues (PACWI) since its inception in 1989. As Chair of PACWI, she has been instrumental in initiating and advocating for many of the U-M policies that are especially important to women on campus; these include the modification of duties policy for faculty that grants relief from classroom teaching to adjust to parenting newly born or adopted children, equity in salary, and the ability to use paid sick leave to care for dependent children. She has also served on the board of directors for organizations such as Ozone House, The Ann Arbor Teen Center, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Patricia Lowrie

Pat Lowrie
Patricia (Pat) M. Lowrie is the director of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at Michigan State University and also serves as the assistant to the dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine. As WRC director, she leads a staff in developing and implementing educational, leadership, social justice, and advocacy programs. The Center serves as a focus for coordinating resources and referrals that catalyze institutional change through understanding and valuing difference and empowering faculty, students, and staff to be effective change agents. In veterinary medicine, Pat’s role is to enhance and increase educational and professional opportunities for underrepresented groups in the health professions. As part of a collaborative broad-based university team, she also advises university leadership on effective methods to engage various constituent groups in synergistic activity that moves beyond anti-discrimination teachings and begins to infuse social justice education more comprehensively into the institution. This team collectively addresses the issues of individuals who are members of oppressed groups, including persons with disabilities and persons who are historically victims of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. A graduate of Howard University, she is the recipient of several awards, including the University Diversity Award and the All-University Distinguished Academic Staff Award. Pat chairs the executive committee of Campus Women Lead, an affiliate of AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives and the Project on the Status and Education of Women.

Caryn McTighe Musil

Caryn McTighe Musil
Caryn McTighe Musil is Senior Vice President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and oversees the office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives, where AAC&U’s Program on the Status and Education of Women is housed. Before moving into national level administrative work in higher education, she was a faculty member teaching English and women’s studies for eighteen years. She spent most of her teaching career at an institution that had become co-ed only one year before her arrival. Dr. Musil has special expertise in curriculum transformation, faculty development, U.S. and global diversity, and women's issues. From 1984-1991, Dr. Musil served as Executive Director of the National Women's Studies Association, and in 1992 she moved to AAC&U. Working with more than 150 different campuses, she has directed dozens of funded projects on subjects like women's studies and student learning, women and scientific literacy, U.S. diversity and democracy, liberal education, and global citizenship. In 1995 she was named in Who's Who of American Women, and in 2005 she received the Donna Shavlik Award for Sustained and Continuing Commitment to Women's Advancement in Higher Education from the American Council on Education. Author and editor of numerous publications, Dr. Musil is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader who has been writing, teaching, and speaking about women, gender, and diversity throughout her career. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. 

Sharon Washington

Sharon J. Washington
Sharon J. Washington is executive director of the National Writing Project. Throughout her career she was been engaged in work that contributes to a greater understanding of equity and inclusion. Her professional experiences encompass teaching and conducting research, academic administration, and consultation in higher education. Washington’s scholarly activities have focused on: exploring the dynamics of forming and sustaining multicultural alliances; the impact of social identities on teaching, leadership and research; and the impact of courses with a social justice theme on students’ attitudes and beliefs about diversity. Her career in higher education has included: Interim Director of Faculty Equity Programs at the University of California, Office of the President; Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC; Provost and Professor of Education at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; Professor of Education at Springfield College in Springfield, MA; and Assistant Professor in Leisure Studies at Kent State University, Kent, OH. In addition, she spent a semester as a visiting scholar in the Office of the President at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in higher education administration. Dr. Washington earned a Ph.D. in education at The Ohio State University, M.A. at Central Michigan University, and B.S. at The Ohio State University.