Each year Women for UMass Amherst will make awards to campus projects and programs vetted by the WFUM Steering Committee with input by donors, to the Women for UMass Amherst Fund. In the fall of 2013, the following six campus projects were chosen to receive a portion of the $25,000 available:
UMatter@UMass was awarded $7,000 to support this program which was created by the student affairs office and university health services to teach students to actively care for each other and their community and to proactively prevent the five most destructive impacts on campus communities: alcohol/substance misuse, suicide, sexual assault, bullying/ harassment, and bias related incidents. The award will be utilized to expand the Bystander Intervention Training Program, which will train student leaders to take action early, before a situation escalates, for a safer and more effective outcome for everyone involved.
UMass Permaculture Initiative was awarded $5,000 in funding to support the planning of the expanded, third-annual Permaculture Your Campus Conference in June 2014.
Protect Our Breasts (Marketing Department, ISOM) was awarded $5,000 in funding to advance efforts empowering women to make safer product choices. Protect our Breasts is a group of UMass Amherst students dedicated to sharing the conversation about environmental toxins and chemicals that contribute to breast cancer, which are found in everyday products lining grocery store shelves.
Encouraging Women to Major in Economics was awarded $4,000 in funding to improve the gender balance of the undergraduate program in the Economics Department. Fewer than 20 percent of Economics majors at UMass Amherst are women compared to between 30 and 40 percent nationally. The award will be utilized to interview and survey undergraduate students to understand why so few women choose to major in economics and/or why women leave the economics major. The department will then conduct an in-depth analysis of data to inform the best practices to attract and retain women in economics at UMass Amherst.
Building an Alumnae Mentor Network for College of Engineering Undergraduate Women was awarded $2,500 for the College of Engineering to engage UMass alumnae in a professional mentoring network with female engineering students to improve their persistence to graduation. In addition, this mentoring network will also encourage K12 girls to consider careers in engineering.
Graduate Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Young Professionals Mixer was awarded $1,500 to support the professional, academic, and personal development of women in STEM fields through mentoring, outreach and professional development initiatives. The award will be utilized to fund the Young Professionals Mixer.