The mission of the Women's Leadership Council is to support educational opportunities for re-entry students at CSUMB.


Encourage women to play a philanthropic leadership role at CSUMB.

Increase knowledge of CSUMB among women leaders in the community.

History and Accomplishments

The Women's Leadership Council has a membership base of over 125. Membership contributions, proceeds from the annual luncheon, grants, and the Council's scholarship endowment generate support for re-entry students at CSUMB.

Since 2003, the Women's Leadership Council has:

  • Awarded more than 90 scholarships to re-entry students at CSUMB, including $36,000 (18 tuition scholarships of $2,000 each) for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Established the Women's Leadership Council Emergency Fund made possible by the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation
    • Enabled re-entry students to stay in school by awarding more than 95 scholarships for unexpected financial emergencies
  • Offered a professional clothing closet "Otter Outfitters" for CSUMB students and alumni
  • Grown the WLC Scholarship Endowment to more than $345,000
  • Inaugurated the Community Woman of Distinction in 2017

Who are re-entry students?

  • At least 25 years old
  • Face financial challenges, including parental responsibilities, that traditional students do not encounter
  • The majority of CSUMB re-entry students are women