Women's Programs provides an number of opportunities to engage the studnets, faculty and staff at UC Merced.
Wonder Womxn Wednesdays is a feminist discussion series that provides an engaging space for students, faculty and staff to hear and apply feminist analysis to a variety of topics, including current issues, politics, education, health, sexuality, religion, humanitarianism and equity, etc.
The Womxn’s Leadership Initiative is an academic year program that provides the opportunity to cultivate the leadership and community of womxn identified leaders. We will bring together those who identify as womxn who hold leadership positions across campus with the explicit goals of creating community, providing opportunities to gain additional leadership skills through the stories and experiences of our leaders and develop intentional support structures. We examine what it means to be a womxn leader, how our experiences impact our leadership and practice ways to effectively lead. This program kicks off with a retreat followed by monthly workshops where we will continue developing leadership skills and strengthening the leaders support system.
The Womxn of Color Banquet is an annual tradition devoted to honoring, celebrating and inspiring individuals who identify as womxn of color at UC Merced. WOCB aims to cultivate supportive environments and strengthen networks among womxn of color. WOCB also serves to unify and create dialogue amongst students, staff, and faculty willing to learn from the collective pressures of race and ethnic relations that womxn of color each experience. Contributing to diversity on campus, the dinner provides an opportunity for the UCM community to share their voices in a supportive atmosphere. This powerful event focuses on the struggles, triumphs and experiences of womxn of color and their allies and celebrates the professional accomplishments and personal successes of womxn of color throughout our community. This event is part of Womxn’s History Month programming.
UC Merced’s annual Outstanding Womxn’s Award was created to recognize those who identify as womxn at UC Merced who have enriched our campus community through their notable leadership, sustained dedication, outstanding service, and inspiring achievements that directly impact womxn. We accept nominations across campus and recognize all nominees with special recognition going to one faculty, staff, post doc, graduate and undergraduate students for going above and beyond in advancing and supporting womxn. The womxn who receive this recognition represent the great diversity and extraordinary accomplishments of today’s womxn.