University Women's Network

Promoting Women's Professional and Personal Development

A Message from Van Kehler, UWN Chair   

A staff member asks: Why should I join? I'm so glad you ask! UWN has been around for 36 years.  We are open to all women employees whether staff or faculty - no matter what position. Women join for different reasons. I’ve been on campus since 1987.  Before UWN I would go to work - then home, without expanding my experiences here on campus. Since joining UWN I've learned what's available on campus and in the community through guest speakers and by networking with UWN members; things like the best deals for employee purchasing, free Rape Aggression Defense training for my nieces, meal deals for my elderly parents, who to contact for specific office issues, and about access to the Recreation Center. Read full article

Upcoming Events

  • Positively Positive at Work!

    Positively Positive at Work!

    Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Noon - 1pm
    Campus Center - Room 904-08

    For some people… the failed resolutions, long hours of darkness, and cold weather can make January feel like the gloomiest month of the year.  For others, this month is filled with days of cleaning, organizing, reflection, and anticipation of new possibilities! 

    To help us embrace an optimistic view, guest speaker Melissa Scheid Frantz will be giving a presentation on Positively Positive at Work!

    Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    (Please note:  Due to the Monday holiday, this registration closes on Friday, 1/12 at 5pm.)

    We look forward to seeing you at this event!


    Thu, 01/18/2018
  • Exploring the Charles Derby Collection - Museum Tour

    Exploring the Charles Derby Collection - Museum Tour

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    Noon - 1pm
    University Museum of Contemporary Art

    A team of graduate students from Art History, Studio Arts, Public History, and Afro-American Studies, are curating an exhibition of African art drawn from the collection of Charles Derby, a UMass alumnus who has been collecting African art since the 1970s.  Charles, a onetime art teacher and store owner, has an impressive collection of African and Native American art. He studied art in part at UMass Amherst and later taught art at the former Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, in addition to running his store.

    Charles has generously agreed to give the UWN members a private tour of his collection at the UMCA here on campus!  Registration information for this event will be posted on January 22, 2018.  (Box lunches will be provided)







    Tue, 02/13/2018

Join Us

Membership is $25 annually. Complete the UWN Membership Form [PDF]. Pay by check, or pay online using QuikPay. You may also use QuikPay to pay for lunches. Your dues include free lunches at these events:

  • annual fall membership kickoff in September
  • a holiday party on 12/7/17
  • the cooking demo social on 6/20/18

Photo Gallery

  • Pie 1
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  • GrowYourFood4
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  • GrowYourFood1
  • Tea 18 1.2017
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  • Tea 14 1.2017
  • Tea 8 1.2017
  • Tea 5 1.2017
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  • Holiday Luncheon 2017_1
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  • Holiday Luncheon 2017_5
  • Paint and Sip
  • Paint and Sip4


Get Involved

For women who are already members, but wish to become more involved.  Please complete this form: UWN Steering Committee Roles [PDF]




Sara Jarman

Sarah JarmanWhy join? It’s a great way to expand your network and make new connections. Everyone is very warm and welcoming and makes a concerted effort to be inclusive and embracing of new members. I rarely leave my department so it’s been wonderful to meet people who work in other schools/departments. I’ve also really enjoyed hearing the various speakers. I’m so glad I joined!

Sarah Jarman, UWN Member, Assoc. Director, Creative Services, Development & Alumni Relations

Eva Fierst

Eva FierstWhy join UWN? UWN is a great place to create a UMass community that transcends the departments, offices, or disciplines on campus. It gets women out of the silos. It is a group of great camaraderie, of smart women, and kindred spirits. The monthly meetings are stimulating and covers a wide range of speakers.

Eva Fierst, UWN Member, Education Curator, Fine Arts Museum, UMass Amherst

Carlene Forman-Johnson

carlene foreman-johnsonWhy join UWN? Joining the UWN would give you a great opportunity to share and to interact with other women from the UMass family. In addition, you get to share a fun-filled activities, food, and great fellowship.

Carlene Foreman-Johnson, UWN Member, Alumni Financial Business Manager, Development & Alumni Relations