Past Award Recipients

WFUM is proud to have funded 60 projects, totaling over $280,000 during the past 9 years.

2020 Women of Isenberg (WoI) Conference

The Women of Isenberg Conference works to foster the next generation of successful female leaders from UMass Amherst. The conference goal is to provide tangible takeaways from the advice and experiences of their keynote speaker, workshop hosts, and panelists while enabling opportunities for connections with alumnae, students, faculty, and sponsorship representatives. Click here to view the project outcomes.

Creative Women Leading Climate Action (CWLCA)

CWLCA symposium provides access, support, and opportunity for UMass Amherst students and alumnae to connect with professionals, faculty, and staff in their field. The symposium focuses on engaging women—transgender, cisgender, gender non-conforming—in building a network towards the shared goal of creative climate action. The Symposium will empower students by providing the opportunity to learn from women in leadership, build awareness of the issues women face, and forge their own network of inspired leaders/peers as they pursue leadership in arts and activism fields. Funding is given for attendee scholarships and daycare, with the remaining funds supporting the keynote speaker and workshops. Click here to view the project outcomes.

CVSA's Cape Verdean Women's Day Celebration

The Cape Verdean Student Alliance (CVSA) have been on campus for 37 years, hosting the annual Cabo Verdean Culture Awareness Week during the spring semester. CVSA is hosting multiple events in recognition of Women’s History Month and Cabo Verdean Women’s Day on March 8.

The theme for the spring 2020 is “Celebrating Cabo Verdean Women’s Milestones” and will include a workshop on wellness and the Cabo Verdean Annual Culture Night to highlight cuisine, music, performances, and keynote speakers. Funding is given for a workshop and the cultural event.

She Got G.R.I.T. (Gifted, Resilient, Intense, Tenacious)

This project focuses on positively impacting, uplifting, and empowering female student-athletes to become the next generation of women leaders, in and outside of the sports world. A leadership seminar will offer workshops and networking time with fellow female student-athletes. Former female student-athlete professionals will speak at the workshops. Click here to view the project outcomes.

UMass Amherst Smart Woman Securities Chapter

The Smart Woman Securities Chapter aims to educate and empower undergraduate women on the financial industry, through both technical and soft skill lessons and trips to financial service organizations and conferences. Funding is given for group trips—to visit financial industry firms in Boston and/or New York City for a day of professional development and networking. Click here to view the project outcomes.

UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL)

UWil addresses the gender gap in politics. Public leadership sits at the foundation of our democracy and influences every sector of society, but current leadership does not reflect the full range of its citizenry often leaving women “without a seat at the table”. Funding will be used for semester workshops for the cohort of 20-25 UWiL students to discuss challenges and opportunities in the public sector as well as for the keynote speaker at the annual symposium—an event that brings together UWiL students with elected officials and public sector leading experts. Click here to view the project outcomes.

We Are For Freedoms

We Are For Freedoms is a student-led interdisciplinary exhibition and public program series at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) during spring 2021. The project is in partnership with For Freedoms, a national arts platform for creative civic engagement and direct action. For Freedoms exhibitions and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on social justice issues and core values; and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. The project will respond to our current social and political moment to cultivate inspiration, center experiences of women and people of color, focus on social justice, build community, and spur civic participation and action. Click here to view the project outcomes.

Women Empowerment & The Hijab

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) plans to bring a woman speaker to campus to talk about her experiences as an entrepreneur and to discuss the challenges that women, who wear a hijab, face in the world today and primarily the work place. The goal of the MSA is for attendees to leave the discussion with the following: “that the wearing of a hijab should not hold back any woman in any way”. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Islamic culture. The WFUM funded speaker will empower and inspire all women to be strong and confident individuals who have the potential to accomplish whatever they set their mind to. 

Women in Theatrical Design: Master Class Series and Public Lecture

This project will bring to campus some of the nation’s leading women Designers in lighting, scenic, and sound design, to offer students tools for dealing with hurdles of working in a male-dominated sphere, as well as provide inspirational role models and concrete professional connections that can lead to future successes. The project is comprised of a public lecture and two master classes (one in lighting design and one in sound design). Click here to view the project outcomes.

Women of Isenberg Virtual Speaker Series

The Women of Isenberg Virtual Speaker Series are online events throughout the 2020-2021 academic year for the UMass Amherst community. This year's themes are community, resilience, and adaptability. Event offerings will include a keynote speech, various breakout panels, guided networking events, and virtual workshops. Click here to view the project outcomes.