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Celebrating National Women’s History Month

UC Berkeley’s continued commitment and celebration of diversity includes in-depth looks at the past, while also creating spaces and opportunities for the future. Having these celebrations and communities of support with allies take place asynchronously through marketing campaigns, virtual events, in-person celebrations, and personal spaces. To those who celebrate culturally themed months annually, these times remind us of our social and physical spaces from the past and give us a feeling of nostalgia when we arrive at that point in time again. 

March welcomes us to the start of celebrating
National Women’s History & Empowerment Month, taking us through a month of celebrating women of the past, and recognizing their progression and contributions through history. Our university’s commitment to celebrating this month comes from partnerships between the Division of Equity & Inclusion, Student Affairs, Gender Equity Resource Center, Vice Provost for Faculty, People & Culture, and several campus departments and auxiliaries.

This week’s Wisdom Café Wednesday provides some insights that celebrate this month, while also opening up opportunities for connections and professional development. One of UC Berkeley’s recent overarching themes to celebrate women’s history came from the year 2020, marking the
150th anniversary of women at Berkeley. This dates back to 1870, the year in which women were first allowed to enroll at the university (two years after it first opened in 1868). These types of milestones remind us of the distant past and allow us to move forward, setting the tone for what we want the future to be. Berkeley employees use these milestones as a sense of pride and build unity across campus and professional networks.

Every year the UC Office of the President (UCOP) hosts the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI). This program takes place 3 times a year and spans a 1 quarter long (Fall, Winter, or Spring) experience with participants from other UC campuses including UC Berkeley.

Participation from UC Berkeley in this systemwide program is sponsored through a joint effort of UC Berkeley People & Culture, UC Berkeley's EVCP office, and the Vice Provost for the Faculty. UC WI is a unique, experiential professional development program committed to enabling the full participation, success, and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the university.

In addition, UC Berkeley has a companion program, the UC Berkeley Women’s Initiative. All who apply to UC WI will be invited to attend the UC Berkeley Women’s Initiative in Fall 2023.

Both events feature all-day sessions, jointly led by a Coro Northern California facilitator and a UC Facilitator. These programs unite the participants in their strengths and experiences and help equip them with tools and techniques to continue to professionally develop, helping steward the campus to reach new heights and build on our history. 

Learn more about this important systemwide development program on our UC WI webpage. Individuals are asked to self-nominate for consideration via the online nomination form (including a letter of support) by 11:59 PM this Friday, March 24, 2023.
In supporting the advancement of women professionally, it’s not only training and professional development opportunities where it takes place. When we look at our jobs, work responsibilities, and career aspirations, it is a continual evolution that makes us our own advocates, inspiring us to seek opportunities to help us grow.
The following LinkedIn Learning e-course Success Strategies for Women in the Workplace provides strategies for women to overcome commonly experienced workplace obstacles. Presented by Kirsty Hulse, Trainer and Founder of Roar Training Agency, she takes a direct approach to break down common barriers that women face in the workforce and guides them to solutions that can help build on their strengths to help elevate them in our organizations.

Using this e-course, Wisdom Café Wednesday invites you to identify a challenge/deadline that is upon you. Within the Healthy, Sustainable Productivity sub-section, Ms. Hulse identifies 2 approaches to overcoming your obstacle. The “away” state puts our minds in a constant state of movement to think only that we must complete our tasks for the sake of completing them, which leads to a feeling of consistent and residual burnout. Whereas the “toward'' state is more aspirational, helping us look at the goal we want to accomplish and giving us a starting point. The starting point in the toward state allows us to frame our challenge as a learning experience that we can share and apply as a professional accomplishment.

Wisdom Café Wednesday Featured Spotlights and Events for Women’s History Month


Cal Women’s Network is hosting this event to explore the connection between job families offered at UC Berkeley and the women who work in them. The event will give you the unique opportunity to meet others at UC Berkeley, learn, appreciate, and get to know the staff community through their career stories. Women@Work will take place virtually on Friday, March 24th from noon to 1 PM on Zoom. Join us and participate by hearing from women who work at Cal. Please feel free to email CWN if you have any questions or require special accommodations. Add Women@Work to your bCal.

Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics

In 1976 Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics became its own separate department with 12 teams. Today, Cal Athletics is home to 15 intercollegiate women’s sports teams. On March 31st, Cal Women’s Tennis will compete against Arizona State University at the Hellman Tennis Complex outside of the Recreation Sports Facility at 1:30 PM. Wisdom Café Wednesday invites you to attend this or another sporting event for leisure, played by Cal women in the near future.

150 Years of History

UC Berkeley’s history of women has been well captured in this recent editorial by the Cal Alumni Association. Outlining the progression of time from 1870 to 2020, the timeline here breaks down significant milestones and contributions that women have made to UC Berkeley and from the university to the world at large. Wisdom Café Wednesday invites you to follow the timeline and pick an accomplishment that you would like to post to your LinkedIn profile in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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