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News from the SUU Women's Network, March 2019

By SUU Women's Network on March 25, 2019 in

Cedar City


As the spring semester comes to a quick close, 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.


SUU Women's Network Board Elections

The 2019-2020 SUUWN Board Nominations have been received, thanks to everyone who submitted nominations and to those of you who accepted nominations. Voting for next year's SUUWN Board is now open, please take a moment to vote. Election results will be announced in April 2.


Festival of Excellence SUUWN Roundtable | Moving the Needle

The SUUWN will be holding a special roundtable as part of the 2019 Festival of Excellence on Tuesday, April 2 from 10:20-10:55 a.m. in BUS 238. Please join SUUWN Board members and advisors as they discuss the Moving the Needle initiative, how far we have come, and what work still needs to be done.


6 Critical Practices for a Leading a Team with FranklinCovey

SUU has recently partnered with FranklinCovey to offer amazing training opportunities for on-campus professionals. The first training will focus on 6 Critical Practices for Leading a Team. This training is perfect for individuals who wish to sharpen their leadership skills and improve their relationship with their teams. The training will be held from 9am-1pm Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 in the Yankee Meadows Room (HCC).

There is a $160 fee associated with this training. HOWEVER, Chelsea McIntire from HR is offering a Buy One Get One Free deal for those involved with SUUWN! The only stipulation is that your +1 has to be an SUU employee. Bonus: this fee will actually cover your admission to any FranklinCovey training held on-campus for the rest of the calendar year!  

To learn more or to sign up for the training, please email Chelsea at


Utah Legislative Bills Related to Empowering Women

A record 573 bills passed the Utah State Legislature during the 45-day session and several of the bills made progress for women and girls in Utah. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • HB 333 Workforce Development Incentives Amendments (Rep. Harrison, Sen. Anderegg) asks the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to consider childcare and other work-family support policies when awarding business tax incentives - passed House Committee unanimously, did not receive a floor vote, filed.

  • SB 110 Family Medical Unpaid Leave Provisions (Sen. Hemmert, Rep. Schultz) provides three weeks of unpaid family and medical leave for employers with 30-49 employees - passed Senate Committee unanimously, did not receive a floor vote, filed.

  • HB 53 Victim Communications Amendments (Rep. Snow, Sen. Weiler) enacts the Privileged Communications with Victim Advocates Act in order to ensure that confidentiality between community-based victim advocates and victims is protected in state law - passed House & Senate, on its way to the Governor.

  • HB 238 Marriage License Fees Amendments (Rep. Romero) raises the optional amount of $10 currently included in the marriage license fee to provide funding for domestic violence services to $35 and makes it a mandatory fee – failed in committee, filed.

If you would like to learn more, please check out YWCA Utah


Upcoming Events

Utah Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2019 Utah Women in Higher Education Network Leadership Conference to be held at Dixie State University Friday, April 5. This year's conference theme is Rise Together and features a variety of speakers from across the state and a keynote by Dr. Ann Weaver Hart.

SUUWN Closing Social

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.

Critical Conversation: Shaking Hands around the Room with Debbie Corum

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. 


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