Networks and Associations
The UWEI coordinates and facilitates the Women and Education College Access Network (WECAN) and is also strongly linked to the other networks listed below:
Women and Education College Access Network
The WECAN coordinates efforts on campuses across the state to support women in completing college degrees in Utah. Through a team effort, WECAN identifies and leverages best practices, coordinates the development of related materials and resources, identifies barriers to be addressed, and promotes awareness of the challenges faced by women in the higher education system. This team supports the work and recommendations of the Utah Women’s College Task Force, convened by Governor Gary Herbert in September of 2011, and also the strategies of the Utah System of Higher Education/Board of Regents. The WECAN is coordinated by the UWEI (see more details and membership list).
UW&STEMEd is a statewide network of education professionals interested in recruiting and retaining women in STEM programs. The network acts as a clearinghouse of resources and best practices for the state’s educational institutions to share innovative, diverse, and effective programs for recruitment and retention. Through this coordination, institutions can improve assessment of programs, as well as leverage and use resources more effectively.
The CAN U supports and strengthens programs and services that encourage the access and attainment of higher education for Utah’s underserved, low-income, first generation, and historically underrepresented student populations.
UWHEN was founded to advance women’s leadership on campuses in Utah through identifying women leaders, developing their leadership abilities, encouraging the use of those abilities, advancing women’s careers, linking them to other women and mentors, and supporting women in mid- and executive-level positions throughout their careers. Women in this network are also interested in linking together to help motivate girls/women in Utah to attend and graduate from college.
Women for Educational Achievement of the Women’s Philanthropic Network
The United Way of Salt Lake’s WPN has a new emphasis titled Women for Educational Achievement. It focuses on the following goals: elementary school students reading on grade level by 3rd grade, high school graduation rates improving through mentoring and engagement opportunities, and an emphasis on girls and teens obtaining a post-secondary degree. To achieve these goals, the WPN will begin working with United Way of Salt Lake’s Community Welcome and Learning Centers. Members of the WPN will be encouraged to get involved to help empower girls and teens to create a brighter and more prosperous future for themselves and their families.