2021 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development: Call for Nominations

To: UC Santa Cruz Employees

From: Adrienne Harrell, Manager, Learning and Talent Development

“In the midst of all we are dealing with — a pandemic, wildfires, remote work teaching and work, social and civil unrest —  making time for leadership development is more important than ever.  We need faculty and staff who can motivate, collaborate, and help show us the way forward. This program is a pipeline for advancement that can translate both to personal and UC success, and ultimately to more women in leadership.”   —UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Cynthia Larive

Dear Campus Colleagues:

The 2020 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) Program is now accepting nominations. UC WI is a unique professional development program designed to help women identified professionals advance in their UC careers. Endorsed by the President's Office and the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW), it was developed by Systemwide Human Resources through our Talent Management division.  UC WI is committed to enabling the full participation, success, and advancement of women identified professionals at the University.  

The program is open to all who seek to support this mission and who are interested in their own development and supporting the advancement of others. UC WI also creates the unique opportunity for faculty, academic personnel and staff to interact together. As the UC Santa Cruz Location Coordinator, I ask for your active engagement to identify, nominate, encourage and sponsor mid-career faculty, academic personnel, and staff to benefit from this experiential professional development opportunity.

The UC WI is a four-session program designed in collaboration between SACSW and Systemwide Talent Management, and is delivered by Coro, a non-profit leadership development organization. 

A complete program description can be found here and below I outline a few important details most importantly, the cost and timeline for nominations and selection of participants.

The 2021 Program will be delivered virtually and a total of eight participants for two cohorts will be selected from our campus. As a result of the virtual format, the program cost has decreased this year to $1,050 per participant. 

The UC Santa Cruz campus deadline for nominations Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  A preview of the nomination form can be found here. To proceed with submitting a nomination, please click on the nomination form.  As part of our campus selection process, those who are nominated will be asked to submit a brief personal statement to the local selection committee. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by October 23, 2020.

The systemwide announcement of the opening of the nomination process is included as an attachment to this message. The Learning & Development office will coordinate the review and selection of participants and alternates for 2021 with input from the UC WI alumnae.  If you have specific questions about the program or nomination process, please contact Adrienne Harrell or Marc-Emile Johnston in the Learning & Development Office.


Adrienne Harrell,

Learning and Talent Development