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The Women's Coalition

The Women's Coalition


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For more information about how the Women's Coalition is organized, please review our group structure.

Women's Leadership Council (WLC)

The Women's Leadership Council includes women serving on the Dean's Council, in the Provost's Office and in executive roles at the University of Denver. Objectives include:

  • using its influence to work towards an open, shared organizational culture
  • being concerned with issues of equity
  • using WLC to develop effectiveness as leaders
  • using WLC to develop support for women University wide

For more information, contact Shelly Smith-Acuña, Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, at

Women's Staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND)

WAND is an organization committed to helping staff women at the University of Denver achieve their highest potential as employees by means of advocacy, education, development and leadership. WAND provides a safe forum for communicating concerns and ideas while maintaining the maximum level of support for the University mission.

For more information, contact Kathy Sandoval at or Andrea Sullivan at

Association of Sisters in Higher Education (ASHE)

The mission of the ASHE is to support, empower, and mentor Black women at the University of Denver by honoring who we are through cultural fellowship, enrichment, and an exchange of ideas. The group is not exclusive to black women; therefore we value and welcome all women faculty and staff at the University of Denver. However, the core focus of group discussions, activities, and initiatives will be issues that are germane to black women.

  • ASHE will offer support to groups on campus that support and illuminate the experiences of Blacks and other people of color.
  • ASHE will galvanize the scholarship of Black women faculty, staff, and graduate students through encouragement of collaborative research initiatives, awareness of scholarly conferences and grants, and financial support.
  • ASHE will engage in meaningful partnerships aimed at strengthening collaborations with the Denver black community.

For more information, contact Nashwa Bolling at or Natley Farris at

Graduate Women's Council (GWC)

The Graduate Women's Council fosters connections across departments through discussions of issues of importance to graduate women. Objectives include:

  • building a diverse community of graduate women through meetings and events
  • building interdisciplinary alliances and support networks on and off the University of Denver campus
  • offering funding to University of Denver graduate women engaged in academic endeavors involving women's issues

Contact for this group to be determined

Undergraduate Women's Council (UWC)

The Undergraduate Women's Council provides a medium for discussion and support in areas that affect DU undergraduate women. Objectives include:

  • supporting undergraduate women at DU
  • focusing on health and safety issues, education and classroom issues, and empowerment

For more information, contact Nayeli Retana at

Faculty Women's Association (FWA)

The FWA extends members to all faculty, tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct. Objectives include:

  • providing a support network to all faculty women in the campus community
  • sponsoring programs concerned with professional development
  • disseminating information about University practices and policies vital to faculty women's interests.

Contact for this group to be determined