2 Dope Queens

2DQ_1400X1400_NoWNYCSTUDIOS_2Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson,
together form the comedic team of 2 Dope Queens.

Known for their popular podcast, 2 Dope Queens will be performing at
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts as one of the highlight events of
Women’s Herstory Month.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8pm

Admission is FREE for UConn undergraduate students and only $10 for UConn Grads, Faculty and Staff. Tickets will be available at the Jorgensen Box Office for pickup or purchase beginning Monday, March 20th at 10:00 AM.

Co-sponsored by SUBOG, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, WHUS, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Activities.

Start Smart – Salary Negotiation for Women


The Start Smart workshop is specifically designed to empower women college students about to enter the job market with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.  This is a free workshop, but registration is required. 

This workshop with be offered on March 22 and on April 5.
Both will be held at the Women’s Center in the Student Union, room 421G from 6pm-8:30pm. 


Register for the March 22 workshop HERE

Register for the April 5 workshop HERE

LUNAFEST Film Festival

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Thursday, April 6 from 5pm-6:30pm in Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Research Center

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season’s program of six selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community.  For more information about the films, please visit http://www.lunafest.org/the-films.

Lunafest is also a national campaign that raises funds for individual organizations that support women and women’s issues. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Women’s Center and The Breast Cancer Fund.

Tickets for the filmfest are available for purchase HERE for $5 for students and $10 for staff, faculty, and community members.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.  All attendees will be eligible for door prizes from local businesses and sponsoring organizations.

Co-Sponsored by Mansfield OB/GYN, UConn Alumni Association, Altrusa and the NE CT League of Women Voters.

New Hub for Women in STEM

The UConn Persistence of Women in STEM Committee is pleased to announce the launch of UConn’s first ever Women in STEM hub, UCSTEMinist, geared specifically towards the unique needs of women pursuing STEM degrees and careers. Majoring in STEM can be both challenging and rewarding. As a woman pursuing a STEM degree, it may feel like “cards are stacked against you”. Stereotypes, biases, lack of mentorship and other concerns can be overwhelming, but the website seeks to tell students that they are not alone. This site is designed especially for them to provide necessary with information, resources, and connections so that they can reach their personal and professional goals. The hub provides information that is both insightful and empowering for women in STEM. Please explore the site at your leisure, share with your staff and students who might be interested and let us know what you think. This initiative has been supported by UConn’s Persistence of Women in STEM Committee which is currently housed under the Institute of Student Success under the direction of Dr. Maria D. Martinez and was founded in fall 2014 as an extension of the Women in STEM subcommittee of the University’s Graduation Retention Task Force.

For more information, please contact:
Monique S. Negron
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Academic Achievement Center
First Year Programs & Learning Communities
University of Connecticut
368 Fairfield Way, Unit 4232
Storrs, CT 06269-4232
Ph: 860-486-6120

Interfaith & Feminism

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Feminism and faith are firmly connected because our views on gender have deep roots in religious doctrines.  This panel will explore the most pressing issues at the intersection of faith and gender, and how women of different faiths can collaborate across differences and work together in coalition for gender equity and justice.

Elect Her – UConn Women Win Training

ElectHer_UConn-01Have you ever thought about running for office, now or in the future?

Register now for this FREE Student Leadership Training Program.

This year’s Elect Her: UConn Women Win training will be held from 1pm to 6pm on Friday, February 3rd, 2017, at the Women’s Center on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. This training will demystify the campaign process and teach you how to develop and communicate an effective message, how to reach out to your constituency, and how to win a campaign!  You will have the chance to learn from experienced facilitators and communications experts, as well as to network with women who currently hold office in Connecticut.

State Senator Mae Flexer will be the keynote.

There is a limited amount of spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

Students interested in participating must register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElectHer2017

100 Years of Women Scholarship Award

The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center is pleased to announce the granting of the 100 Years of Women Scholarship Award for the twenty-fifth year. The 100 Years of Women Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 to honor a current matriculated UConn undergraduate or graduate student or a high school senior planning to enroll in the University of Connecticut, who, as a role model or advocate, has demonstrated a commitment to women’s issues through service to their community or school. Applicants must be enrolled for the entire Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic year. The scholarship award ranges up to $1,000.



New University Lactation Policy

The University recently adopted a Lactation Policy made effective on 12/20/2016. This new policy reinforces the University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for employees and students who are breastfeeding. The policy enables employees and students to express milk in a private place, have reasonable break time and a location within five minutes of their work and study areas.

The full policy is available at http://policy.uconn.edu/?p=7009. Procedures, which include specific guidance for students, employees, graduate assistants and supervisors, are available at the end of the policy.  
Information about Lactation Rooms on campus is available at http://web2.uconn.edu/hrnew/docs/Lactation_Locations.pdf

For more information, contact: The Department of Human Resources at (860) 486-3034.

2017 UConn Women’s Advance Conference – Call for Proposals

cfp-logoThe UConn Women’s Advance Conference is a professional development opportunity
for women staff and faculty at all levels of the University that is designed to
expand skills, increase knowledge, and enhance networks to promote
a more inclusive and supportive working and learning environment at the University.


The UConn Women’s Advance Conference Planning Committee is seeking proposals by December 9, 2016 (please note this is the extended deadline) for workshops and presentations for the 2017 UConn Women’s Advance Conference to be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Avery Point Campus.  UConn staff, faculty and community professionals are invited to submit proposals that cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to communication skills, cultural competency, negotiation skills, organizational time-savers, professional networking, leadership development, workplace climate, navigating the tenure process, global engagement and work/life flexibility.


Selection Criteria

Sessions should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies for the attendees to use once they return to their workplace. Hands-on examples, opportunities to practice new skills, and active participant involvement are encouraged.

Session proposals should contain the necessary information for the proposal reviewers to judge the relevance, quality and potential community interest in the proposed topic. Proposals should answer the questions: What will attendees take away from the session? What will attendees be able to use in their job/role?

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Timeliness/relevance of topic
  • Topic’s contribution to women’s professional development
  • Clearly stated purpose and learning objectives
  • Creativity in an approach to a situation or in ways to manage it
  • Adaptability of ideas to a variety of roles
  • Diversity of perspectives
  • Diversity of presenters
  • Quality of content
  • Detailed description of session


All proposals must be submitted using the online submission form at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016AdvanceProposals by December 2, 2016.

Download the 2017 Advance Conference proposal information here or see below.


Due to budgetary considerations, it is not possible to offer an honorarium to workshop presenters; however registration fees will be waived.


Sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes. The following information must be provided in the proposal:

Presenter Name/Title/Contact Information (contact information will not be published without permission).

Co-Presenter(s) Name/Title/Contact Information (contact information will not be published without permission).

Session Title: Presentation titles should be descriptive of the content of the session.

Session Type: We welcome a variety of formats:

Panel – This is a more formal, moderated discussion between 3-4 presenters with contrasting or complementary perspectives and a moderator. Please explain what each presenter will discuss.

Roundtable – This is an interactive session led by one or more presenters that provides the opportunity for participants to engage in discussion and network with others around a common theme or topic. Please describe the theme or topic in detail, the questions posed to participants, and desired outcomes.

Workshop – This session provides an in-depth review of (or introduction to) a topic of interest to the community, typically provides participants with materials and/or ideas that are immediately useful, and ideally devote significant time to hands-on activities by the attendees.

Session Description: Please limit to 50 words (if the proposal is accepted, this will be used in the program materials. It may be edited to conform to space constraints). Be concise and accurate; describe the program in a way that conveys its value and creates a desire to attend your presentation.

Session Outcomes: Articulate two most important outcomes that describe what attendees will gain, rather than what you want to tell them. What strategies, tools and knowledge are included in these outcomes?

Session Levels: The level is determined by the person(s) designing the presentation. The determination is based on the amount and level of information as well as the pace at which the information will be presented to the attendees.

Beginner – The session presents introductory concepts and general understanding of the topic. Attendees have minimal to no prerequisite knowledge and limited previous experience with the topic or material.

Intermediate – The session presents detailed, in-depth materials and instruction and attendees have some prerequisite knowledge. The content moves beyond basic information and facts and provides additional materials to help the attendees understand how to apply this knowledge to their job.

Advanced – The session presents sufficient material and opportunities to gain new knowledge, practice its application, and complete a definitive action. Attendees have pre-existing knowledge and experience applying this information to their job. The session needs enough material and time to allow the attendees to achieve and demonstrate the objectives.

Appropriate for any level

Presenter Bio (brief – 50 words)

Co-Presenter(s) Bio(s)

Session logistics

  • Room set-up
    • tables and chairs
    • lecture style
    • open floor space
  • LCD Projector & screen
  • Laptop (if you are unable to provide your own)
  • Sound
  • Flipchart/markers

Maximum # of participants (not to exceed 50)

Special instructions or requirements of participants

Questions or comments



Please share this call for proposals and the session proposal form with your colleagues.

Women’s Circle

Womens Circle

Women’s Circle is a supportive, facilitated group for women identified students to share, explore, build skills,
and encourage one another to live authentically in all aspects of their lives. This semester’s Circle will
focus on self-discovery and empowerment through meaningful, gender-relevant discussions and
capacity building activities that focus on self-exploration, examining societal messages about identity
and their impact, and promoting confidence and connection in their lives and communities.


The group will meet every two weeks on

Mondays from 2pm – 3:30pm

October3 ~ December 12


Space is limited and participants are strongly encouraged to commit to attending all 6 sessions.

For more information and to register, please contact Kathy Fischer (kathy.fischer@uconn.edu)