The Southern Utah University Women’s Network (SUUWN) is wrapping up a year of advocacy, professional development, and networking. As an affiliate of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN), SUUWN provides opportunities for professional support among all women on our campuses, 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.
2018-2019 In Review
This year, the SUUWN hosted seven events from Critical Conversations to Panels and Socials, and averaged 21 people per event. During Festival of Excellence, the SUUWN Executive Board hosted a roundtable on the history and progress of our organization. Founded in 2014, the SUUWN has made great strides in advocating for women on the SUU Campus. Read the full history of SUUWN.
This year, approximately 30 SUU faculty and staff (both women and men) attended the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) annual meeting at Dixie University. This year’s theme was Rise Up and attendees received a free copy of Sally Helgesen’s book How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job. They also heard a keynote address by Ann Weaver Hart discussing the importance of moving outside of your comfort zone, being deliberate in your choices, communicating clearly, finding/being a good mentor, and learning that it is ok to say no.
Women in Leadership
This semester, marketing student Kayla Centeno and Assistant Professor of History Laura June Davis formed a club called Women in Leadership. The idea behind the club is to create a place for students to learn, grow, and empower each other as leaders. We have had two meetings and it has been a really fantastic experience. Our last meeting was a panel of female business and education leaders who spoke and networked with our members. The club has an open membership and is not limited to female students or business students.
Our next event will be a come and go social to help us plan for the upcoming year. We would like as many students, faculty, and staff to attend if they want so we can get feedback on what people will want from this club. This event will take place April 17 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm.. in the lobby of the Business Building.
Recognize a Coworker with a 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. Learn more about the High Five Award or nominate an employee or student.
Professional Development and Education Resources:
- Last month was Women’s History Month. As such Dr. Susan Madsen wrote an editorial about how Utah has a great deal to celebrate During Women’s History Month, highlighting the new Utah license plate new license plates celebrating Utah Women as the “First to Vote.”
- Recently, CNN featured a great piece on Women and Leadership that featured Women in the World founded Tina Brown discussing how the new generation of female leaders “owe their differences as women.”
- Dr. Susan Madsen led a discussion about how we can Raise our Girls to Become Leaders through Competence, Confidence, & Courage
- The Utah Women & Leadership Project just released a new white paper on What Utah Fathers Can Do to Strengthen the Impact of Their Daughters. Some of their tips include identifying strong role models for girls, be cognizant of gender discrimination, be an ally for daughters in all areas, eliminate gender distinction in chores, and encourage them to take the lead.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported on the American Association of University Professors latest compensation report released last week. The three main takeaways were salary increases are not keeping up with inflation and cost of living increases, part time faculty salaries vary widely, and there are still noticeable gender equity gaps in salaries.
Join SUUWN for a Closing Social Tuesday, April 23 from 3:30-5 p.m. on the Library Quad (Starlight Room as weather back up). The informal ice cream social is free and open to everyone. Feel free to meet and greet new and old friends for 10 minutes or stay the whole time. Bring a friend.
SUUWN is 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.
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.