Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awards

The Provost’s Office, Alumni Relations, 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.

 

 

Looking to Get Involved? Join a Committee!

The Women’s Center is currently searching for committee members for our Programming, Marketing, Outreach, and Internal Relations committees!

Through their work at the Women’s Center, committee members will have the opportunity to develop a variety of professional skills within a community of students and staff dedicated to promoting gender equity at UConn.

 

Programming is responsible for the planning and implementation of Women’s Center programs and initiatives on topics such as feminism, body image, media literacy, herstory, and mental health. This includes some of the Women’s Center’s key and signature programs, such as Elect Her and the Lunafest film festival.

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.

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.

Internal Relations assists with the day to day operations of the Center, professional development of the staff, and implementation of meetings and teambuilding activities with the Center. This committee is key to the overall efficiency of the Center’s work.

For more information about the committees or the Women’s Center, please stop by the Center or reach out to womenscenter@uconn.edu.

Candlelight Vigil for Memory and Justice

As we begin a new year at UConn, we pause to reflect upon the events at Charlottesville and countless lives that have been ended too soon in the long struggle against white supremacy, fascism, anti-semitism, islamophobia, homophobia, patriarchy, and all forms of oppression and marginalization, and to affirm our commitment to building a university and a society free from violence and hatred, which belongs to all of us–regardless of race, religion, gender identity, immigration status, nationality, ethnicity, age, social class, sexual identity, or ability—and which works toward justice.

This vigil is intended as a dignified, warm, and solemn event. In the coming year, there will be opportunities for analyzing, organizing, mobilizing, and taking action, but for now we take this hour to come together in a moment of reflection, community, and recommitment to democracy and human rights.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Student Union Quad

Scholarship for Women Student Leaders Conference

 

The Women’s Center is now taking applications for the Dr. Carol R. Virostek NCCWSL Scholarship, which covers the registration fee for one Women’s Center student to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). For more information about the conference, visit https://www.nccwsl.org/.

The scholarship recipient must be a first year, sophomore, or junior who will continue to be involved with the Women’s Center for at least one year following the conference. Applications are due by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at student4362@ad.uconn.edu

UConn Women’s Advance Conference

The UConn Women’s Advance Conference is a professional development opportunity for women staff, faculty and graduate students 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.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

UConn Avery Point Campus

Best-selling author, award-winning entertainer, lecturer, and comedienne.

 

Workshop topics include:

  • Women and Negotiation
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Women in the Labor Movement
  • Work/Life Negotiation in Higher Education
  • Productivity

Registration deadline has been extended through April 21st. Register-Here

 

 

Start Smart – Salary Negotiation for Women

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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
www.achieve.uconn.edu