Community Coffee House

To create a welcoming environment in what has been for many a painful social and political climate, we aim to come together and foster a dialogue for anyone who needs room to speak about current issues and how they may feel impacted by them, including, but not limited to, victim-survivors who want to share their stories. We are happy to welcome you with open arms to our space in the Women’s Center.

Friday, October 12 from 1pm-3pm in the Women’s Center Program Room.

Apply To Be A Body Project Facilitator!

Help promote positive body image in the UConn community!!

 

This year the Women’s Center and Nutrition and Physical Activity Services at Student Health Services are collaborating to relaunch the Body Project. The Body Project is an interactive program that provides a forum for open and inclusive dialogue for women and girls to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and engages in the development of healthy body image.  This research-based program has been shown to improve body satisfaction and acceptance among college students, and reduce risks for unhealthy eating behaviors, disordered eating and eating disorders.

We are currently accepting applications from UConn students interested in volunteering to be Peer Facilitators.  Body Project Peer Facilitators work to promote positive body image in the UConn community through on-campus workshops and educational outreach, and will be trained to conduct the Body Project workshops.

NOTE:  If you’ve had an eating disorder, please wait to apply until 2 years post-recovery so you can be fully ready!

Requirements/Expectations

  • Attend two full days of training on October 20th and 21st.
  • Attend all program meetings (TBD).
  • Minimum of 2-4 Body Project workshops per semester.
  • Be committed to the program and follow through with all scheduled workshops.
  • Conduct outreach to student organizations, academic classes, resource centers, and campus departments in order to recruit students to participate in the workshops.
  • Be aware of, and knowledgeable about, campus resources and services in order to provide appropriate referrals.
  • Commit to volunteering minimally for fall 2018, spring 2019 and fall 2019.
  • Peer Facilitators must commit at least one full academic year to the program. Therefore, we cannot accommodate for those traveling abroad.

Applications must be submitted no later than noon on October 10, 2018.

 

Women’s Center Open House

Join on Saturday, August 25 from 4pm-6pm!

Stop by the Women’s Center to see all that we do and ways you can get involved!  Free ice cream from The Dairy Bar will be provided.

Learn more about:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Upcoming Events
    • Women in STEM (WiS) Mentoring Program
    • Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP)
    • The Men’s Project
    • Greeks Against Sexual Assault
    • Between Women

Women’s Center May 2018 Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you our May 2018 edition of Voices, the University of Connecticut Women’s Center’s newsletter.  As we close out this academic year and transition to the summer break, we hope you will take a few minutes to read through our last edition until the Fall.

Highlights include overviews of some of our Spring programs; awards and spotlights on graduating seniors; and an update on the Center’s “sorry jar.”  Please feel free to share it with others who might be interested.  Best wishes for a restful and relaxing summer.

Please take a few minutes to read through the newsletter.

If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please send your contact information to womenscenter@uconn.edu.

University Lactation Policy – Room Listing Updates

The University 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.

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.

 

Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards

The Provost’s Office, UConn Alumni, and the Women’s Center annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony, which recognizes women undergraduate and graduate students who have excelled academically within each school/college and demonstrated high achievement in research and service to the University community.  The program also celebrates the recipients of the 100 Years of Women Scholarship, which was established in 1992 to honor current matriculated UConn undergraduate and graduate students and/or a high school senior planning to enroll in the University of Connecticut, who have demonstrated a commitment to women’s issues through service to their community or school as a role model or advocate.  A reception is held in their honor during Commencement weekend.

 

 

Get Involved! Volunteer!

If you are looking to get involved at the Women’s Center or events concerning gender equity, come join our committees.

 

Programming  works to create and recreate Women’s Center programs which include discussions, film screenings, and interactive activities surrounding topics regarding feminism, body image, media literacy, politics, herstory, and mental health. These include annual programs such as Fat Talk Free Week, Love Your Body Day, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Start Smart, Women’s Herstory Month, Elect Her, Lunafest, Pay Equity, and Fresh Check Day. Although these are some of the Women’s Center’s signature programs, we plan on organizing additional programs based on educational, cultural, social and developmental needs of students, with the goal of advancing gender equity on campus and in the wider community.

Contact: Alexa Lugo, student3527@ad.uconn.edu

Tuesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm

 

Marketing promotes the initiatives of the Women’s Center to engage the campus community. This includes the development of all marketing communications including social media, promoting events, and generating advertisements.

Contact: Ming Montgomery, student4328@ad.uconn.edu

Mondays from 6:30pm-7:30pm

 

Outreach seeks to raise the profile, increase visibility, and promote community awareness of the Women’s Center. The Outreach Committee seeks ways to expand the Center’s capacity through reaching out to and building relationships with other organizations and entities on campus.

Contact: Alex Dutro-Maeda, student4362@ad.uconn.edu

Fridays from 3pm-4pm

 

Internal Relations is charged with enhancing the physical and social environment of the Women’s Center and creating an inclusive community for sharing ideas on feminism and gender equity.  We will be working on things like archiving, interior decorating, staff meetings, fundraising, community building, organizing, and more!

Contact: Jenny Giri, student4326@ad.uconn.edu

Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm

Elect Her – UConn Women Win 2018

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 5pm on Friday, February 9th, 2018, 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/UConnElectHer2018