University Women's Network

Promoting Women's Professional and Personal Development

A Message from Van Kehler, UWN Chair

Vanessa KehlerA 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

  • Tax Preparation Made Easier

    Tax Preparation Made Easier

    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Student Union Building, Cape Cod Lounge

    UWN is hosting its first speaker luncheon of the year with Kathryn Sisson, a manager in the Commercial Services Department of Melanson Heath in Greenfield.  

    October is a great month for your tax filing preparation. And, getting an early start may allow you to bulk up your refund or reduce the amount owed!

    Kathryn will present some important information on how best to prepare for tax time.  Please bring any questions you may have about this important task and let’s learn together!

    See the flyer for more information.


    Thu, 10/19/2017
  • Let's Talk Pie!

    Let's Talk Pie!

    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Campus Center, Hadley Room on 10th Floor

    Robert Cox, author of New England Pie: History Under a Crust, will be our guest speaker this month.  What better time to think pie!

    Come join us for an entertaining and educational talk by this delightful author.


    Thu, 11/16/2017

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

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  • June Social Buffet 6.2017
  • Chef Demonstration June 2017
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Get Involved

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





UWN, at its core, is a networking organization. We effectively network with all University women, welcoming women from different types of backgrounds and levels of experience. We achieve this by hosting monthly events throughout the academic year so that there are many opportunities to participate, to create and maintain relationships, and also by committing ourselves to the outreach of new members.

Education and Development

UWN is dedicated to educating and sharing information about women’s health and wellness, finances, workplace conflict resolution, programs and benefits at the University, as well as local arts and cultural offerings. We do this through the invited guest speakers that conduct presentations at our monthly luncheons.

Support and Encouragement

UWN values each member and her unique contributions to the organization. Collectively we understand that being a UWN member means making a commitment to each other, to support one another as we strive towards our professional and personal goals. We achieve this by informal information sharing of workplace experiences, job referrals and references, and resource sharing.