This spring, the Southern Utah University Women’s Network (SUUWN) is continuing its initiative to promote education and professional development through a variety of events, panels, and conversations. As an affiliate of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN), SUUWN provides opportunities for professional support among all women on SUU's campus, celebrating success, perpetuating laudable campus traditions, and advocating for the institutions' female employees concerning issues relevant to their campus experience, professional development and satisfaction as a members of this community.
Typically held each month, the Critical Conversations series is replacing SUUWN's TEDtalk Tuesdays. This new format offers more flexibility in the types of presentations and educational opportunities offered to the SUU community, while still grappling with the key issues and needs of SUUWN's membership.
January - Critical Conversation
The first Critical Conversation of 2019 will be held Tuesday, January 29 at 4 p.m. in the Brian Head Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center. Hosted by Schvalla Rivera, assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion, and Maria Martinez, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the discussion will focus on best practices for creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. The two will also overview the strengths that diversity brings to universities and communities.
February - Advocating for Self Panel and Social
Held Tuesday, February 26 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Charles Hunter Room of the Hunter Conference Center, the Women’s Network Spring Panel will focus on the themes of Belongingness and Self Advocacy. Beginning with a meet and greet from 3:30-4 p.m., the event will include a panel with Provost Brad Cook and Dr. Cynthia Kimball Davis from 4-4:30 p.m., and end with a series of simultaneous breakout sessions to help guide faculty and staff in better advocating for themselves during annual reviews and/or the new P&T process from 4:30-5 p.m. Topics to be discussed:
Identifying the leadership value in each of us
Developing women’s leadership abilities
Encouraging the use of those abilities
Advancing women’s careers
Linking women to other women, mentors and resources
As you can only attend one breakout session, SUUWN recommends choosing the session most pertinent to your needs and career goals.
April - Moving the Needle Roundtable
On April 2nd, the SUUWN will be holding a special roundtable as part of the Festival of Excellence. Campus leaders and SUUWN Board members will discuss the Moving the Needle initiative, how far we have come, and what work still needs to be done. Time and location to be announced.
April - UWHEN’s 2019 Leadership Conference
Hosted by the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the 2019 Leadership Conference will be held at Dixie State University Friday, April 5. This year’s theme, Rise Together, incorporates three topics: Women in the Workplace, Emerging Leadership, and Connections. More details and registration information to come.
June - Critical Conversation
We are hosting a special summer Critical Conversation! On June 18 at 4 p.m., we will be discussing first impressions, handshakes, and establishing an equal footing in meetings. Time and location to be announced.
According to SUUWN Professional Development and Education Chair, Laura June Davis, “one of the hallmarks of the SUU Women’s Network has been our commitment to diversity and inclusion, not just for female faculty and staff, but for all underrepresented populations on campus.”
With that in mind, SUUWN would like to encourage campus to attend the Center for Diversity & Inclusion’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Reflection events happening throughout the week. Events include a forum, “What has Changed? Empowerment and Reflections” held Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium. And a Women’s March inspired event sponsored by the Students for Reproductive Freedom other CDI clubs Thursday, January 24 at 4 p.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium.
High Five Award
In an effort to appreciate and recognize those faculty, staff, and students going above and beyond at Southern Utah University, the SUU Women’s Network is bringing back the Red Handed Award, with a new name. With the new High Five Award, the Women’s Network hopes to boost morale.
“I am honored to be part of such a great network that has allowed us to bring back a beloved recognition on campus,” said SUUWN President Jennifer Hunter. “It's great to work with colleagues who like to recognize each other for their contributions to campus.”
Strategies that Male Allies Use to Advance Women in the Workplace
“Although Utah research has shown that there has been slight progress in terms of women and leadership in some sectors, national sources continue to rank Utah as one of the worst states for women’s equality. Clearly there is still work to be done to “move the needle” so that more Utah women become leaders. Research continues to show that most managers and top leadership teams do not fully realize the value of having women in key positions. Yet, organizations benefit more when both women and men hold top positions in all types of settings (e.g., business, government, political, nonprofit, education, religious, and community).
One way to support and advance women in organizational settings is to study the elements, strategies, and interventions that appear to be working. One of many critical elements is the role that men play as allies and advocates for women. The purpose of this brief is to share the findings of a recent study that was designed to identify behaviors and strategies men utilize in workplace settings that are perceived to be effective in supporting and advancing women. This is important because as organizations and communities work to address this issue, they can design effective strategies, trainings, and resources that will help more women advance.” Read more.
Likewise, “Utah men can do exceptional unpaid care work, too.” As Susan R. Madsen recently commented in the Salt lake Tribune, that “men can be wonderful caregivers. And, just like women, they can make time in their busy schedules, which helps keep families strong by ensuring that women do not find themselves overburdened.”
About the Southern Utah Women’s Network
The SUUWN will work to create an educational, professional, and political climate in which women’s voices and values, in all their diversity and richness, are heard and included in an effort to shape the institutional and public agenda of higher education, as well as leadership roles for women at Southern Utah University.