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)


Suicide Prevention Week 2016

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Monday 9/26/16 – Friday 9/30/16, on the Student Union Lawn

The Be Aware Show You Care Flag Exhibit is a powerful and poignant visual display representing the 1000+ suicides that occur on U. S. college campuses each year. Come and personalize a flag to show your support and awareness or honor a memory of someone lost.




Project Semicolon

Monday, 9/26/16, 6:00pm, at the Women’s Center

Join us at the Women’s Center as we come together to connect and be part of the Project Semicolon movement.  Project Semicolon is a movement which works to bring hope to those struggling with mental health concerns.


Planting Flowers of Joy

Tuesday, 9/27/16, 4:00pm, between Laurel Hall and the Student Union

Through the dark days of winter, spring bulbs are hidden beneath the soil, waiting to bloom and bring joy.  Spring Valley Student Farm invites you to join them in planting daffodil bulbs next to the Student Union.  Consider how you can support someone through their dark days by being their spring flower of joy.


“Our Place at the Table: The Coming Together of Spirituality and Sexuality to Save Lives”

Wednesday, 9/28/16, 12:00pm, at the Rainbow Center

This informative and engaging presentation by Michael Reynolds, MSW, will address suicide in the LGBTQQI youth community.  Remember to BYO lunch!


Chamique Holdsclaw – “Mind/Game” – Key Note Speaker

Wednesday, 9/28/16, 7:00pm, Student Union Theater

Chamique Holdsclaw is a three-time NCAA champion and former WNBA player whose long battle with mental illness nearly ended her career and life.  In this moving speaking event, Chamique Holdsclaw will discuss her accomplishments, her setbacks, and her path to becoming a mental health advocate.


Mindfulness Wheel

Thursday, 9/29/16, all-day at Wellness & Prevention Services, South Wilson Hall Rm 125

Stop by Wellness & Prevention throughout the day to play the Mindfulness Wheel! Learn more about how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life, and win some.


Student Voices Panel

Thursday, 9/29/16, 5:30pm, at the African American Cultural Center

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. We have an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Please join us for a riveting talk by a panel of students who will discuss: “My Story and What Can We Do to Help?”

Women in STEM (WiS) Mentoring Program Seeking Mentors

Women in STEM (WiS) Mentoring Program of the Women’s Center is an initiative designed to support underclasswomen pursuing STEM degrees through the mentorship of their upperclasswomen peers.  We are searching for a dedicated group of proactive and committed mentors to guide and encourage our mentees. The program spans the full 2016-2017 academic year and is structured around monthly meetings designed to provide both you and your mentee with resources to flourish in your STEM fields.

These are our mentor qualifications:

– Be a current UConn undergraduate junior or senior woman who will be enrolled on the Storrs campus for the entire Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year.

– Must have a major in the STEM fields (see list here)

– Must be committed to assisting and spending time with your mentee(s).

– Must demonstrate a continued interest in pursuing a major/career in the STEM fields.

– Must show progress towards academic excellence.

If you are interested in applying please fill out the application provided here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H5NZ8YS and send in a copy of your resume at WiSTEM@uconn.edu with the subject heading WiS Mentor Application and your name.  Applications are due by Sunday, September 25.

If you have any questions please email WiSTEM@uconn.edu.

Breaking Out of the Man Box with Tony Porter

Tony Porter Event


Join us for a discussion on healthy respectful manhood with Tony Porter on
Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm in Laurel Hall 102.

Tony is an educator, activist and lecturer who has been working in the social justice arena for over twenty years. He is both nationally and internationally recognized for his efforts to end men’s violence against women and to promote healthy masculinity. Tony is the co-founder and co-director of heA CALL TO MEN: T Next Generation of Manhood. He is the author of “Well Meaning Men… Breaking Out of the Man Box – Ending Violence Against women” and visionary for the book, “NFL Dads: dedicated to Daughters”. Tony is a consultant and trainer with the National Football League, having also worked with the National Basketball Association. Additionally, he has worked with the United States Military Academy and Naval Academy.

Women’s Advance Conference – Registration Open!

Advance Logo 2016

The 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.

 Thursday, May 12, 2016

UConn Storrs Campus

small_sparSpar President of Barnard College and author of
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
will give this year’s keynote address.

Attendees Book

Workshop topics include:

  • Leadership development
  • Advocacy
  • Working with transgender students
  • Money management and investing
  • Work/Life negotiation

Registration is open now through April 15th. Register-Here



LUNAFEST – Film Festival


Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5pm

Konover Auditorium, 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. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women. Collectively, LUNAFEST films captivate audiences, compel dialogue and arm those who participate with both the knowledge and the motivation to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the films, please visit LUNAFEST.

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 online for $5 for students and $10 for staff, faculty, and community members.

Purchase your tickets for this screening HERE. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. All attendees will be eligible for door prizes from sponsoring organizations.

This event is generously sponsored by:


Mansfield OBGYN UConn Alumni NE CT LWV