The Women's Summit, November 2017

The Women's Center hosts many events for the UVM community throughout the year.

We are proud to host events in fulfillment of our mission to support women and allies at UVM. Contact Us for more information.

Dismantling Rape Culture Conference - April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018
Dudley H. Davis Center, UVM

Registration is now open! Please click the link below to register:

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Downloadable PDF: DRCC 2018 Program

Keynote Address by Lourdes Ashely Hunter, MPA - Executive Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC)


8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.      Registration Open (remains open throughout the day)

8:45 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.      Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    Workshop Sessions I
Intersections of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Immigration
Presented by: Anera Fočo, Jacqueline Rose, Kristen Rengo 

When You Can’t Afford to be Raped: Rape Culture and Socioeconomic Status
Presented by: Moira Jamieson

White Supremacy in the Movement to End Gender Based Violence: Habits and Realities
Presented by: Noura Eltabbakh, Sarah Robinson, and Karen Tronsgard-Scott      

“Do you even have sex?” – Societal Beliefs and Challenges Faced by the Disability Community 
Presented by: Jackie Marcoux 

Nonbinary Survivorship   
Presented by: Mandarr Brandi and Iris Olson 

Why Some Women Never Call It Rape: Examining Sexual Scripts and Rape Myths  
Presented by: Emma Archibald, Claire Crowley, Julia Laramee, Mesa Merritt, and Jackie Tames 

Self-Care and Support for Survivors*     
Presented by: Heather Bedell, MS 

Building Empathy: Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault on the Everyday Lives of Survivors 
Presented by: Lucy Basa and Kiona Baez Heath 

“You Should Have My Baby”: Reproductive Coercion as Intimate Partner Violence  
Presented by: Margo Batsie and Andrea Nicoletta 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Workshop Sessions II
Student Leadership Panel
Facilitated by: Melissa Murray 

Money Complicates the Story: Dissecting Sex Work, Sexual Violence, and Trafficking
Presented by: Kate D’Adamo 

The Rape of Dinah: How a Biblical Story Morphs Toward the Rights of Women
Presented by: Rabbi Jan Salzman  

The Impact of Identity Intersectionality, Race, and Power Systems on Response for Gender-Based Violence On College Campuses
Presented by: Delaney Anderson and Liz Stahler

Hearing the Stories of Survivors of Violence - Panel
Facilitated by: Judy Rickstad 

Building Brown and Black Joy Using Plants, Ritual, and Magic in Sexual Trauma Recovery*
Facilitated by: Mercedes Miles Mack 

Men in the Movement Affinity Space with 1in4*
Facilitated by: Kyle Whalen, Jacob Yopak, Cal Rawlings, Raphael Debaty, Jay Lukes, Jack Carmody, Nick Hayward, Matt Segil, and Keith Smith 

The Intersections of Sexism and Sexual Assault – A Military Perspective                                    
Presented by: Christina Lazelle and Doris Sumner 

Presented by: Nkandu Yumbe 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.      Keynote Address

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Workshop Sessions III
Nia Achi*: An Indigenous Perspective on American Rape Culture
Presented by: Vera Longtoe Sheehan 

The Social Construction of Virginity
Presented by: Jenna Emerson 

Left out of the Conversation: People with Disabilities
Presented by: Kimberly Colville and Ericka Reil 

The Under-Studied Diversity of Campus Sexual Assault Survivors
Presented by: Janine Silvis

ASK Us about Consent
Facilitated by: Andrea Nicoletta & A.S.K. Peer Educators 

Lessons from the New York State Collegiate Anti-Sexual Assault Movement
Presented by: Michelle Carroll 

Reflections and Affirmations with Lourdes Ashley Hunter* 

Human Trafficking 101: Integrative Intervention
Presented by: Sophie Robledo, Carina Coine, Colin Jones, Alex Howe, and Shaya Ginsberg 

Consent as Traffic Light: How Sexual Scripts Play Out and can be Rewritten
Presented by: Bridget Carsky and Tom Fontana 

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.    Closing Presentation

The Dismantling Rape Culture Conference (DRCC) strives to educate on and intervene in rape culture, which exists "when prevalent attitudes, norms, practices, and media condone, normalize, excuse, and encourage sexual [and all forms] of violence." This conference is about looking at the intersectional ways in which rape culture exists and about coming together to envision how we can change, shift, alter, and heal from its insidious presence in our lives.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Sarah Mell.


Women @ Noon

Women@Noon is a speaker and discussion series relevant to global and domestic feminist and social justice work. Attendance is free and open to community members of all genders.  The Fall 2017 sessions have ended, however here is a list of the sessions we hosted:

  • Exploring Sanctuary & Story - Abigail Maynard ( September 28)
  • Lessons in Feminism from East Africa - Sherwood Smith (October 5)
  • Energy Healing Practices for Self Care & Empowerment - Katrina Dreamer(October 12)
  • Do-It-Yourself Ayurvedic Facials - Reshma Sinu (October 19)
  • Religion: Does it Help or Hinder Women's Empowerment - Laura Engelken (October 26)
  • "Where you at?" Textual Harrassment in Relationships - Sarah Mell (November 1)
  • Women's Relationship with Capitalism - Kelsey Aaron and Scarlett Moore (November 9)

We are always seeking ideas, suggestions and volunteers to present and/or lead a discussion. If interested please contact Maria Teixeira.

The Women's Summit

Women's Summit poster

Registration has closed for the 2017 event.  We look forward to hosting another Women's Summit in the future.

Women's Awards Banquet - March 19, 2018

Women's Center Event

March 19, 2018 from 5-7 PM in the Silver Maple Ballroom.

The Women's Center creates a space to honor self-identified women and allies in our community for their outstanding contributions. We honor multiple community members in the categories below at a banquet with family and friends. The Awards are one way in which we seek to honor those doing amazing work.

Student, Staff, Faculty and Community Members are all welcome to submit nominations.

To submit a nomination, please use this link:
All nominations must be received by February 16, 2018.

Awards presented annually include:

  • Outstanding Faculty Woman Award - This award honors women-identified faculty who have made significant contributions to the lives of women on campus through service, teaching and feminist scholarship.
  • Outstanding Student Activist Award - This award honors women-identified students who have contributed significantly to the feminist activism on the campus and/or in the community.
  • Outstanding Staff Woman Award - This award honors women-identified staff who have made significant contributions to the lives of women on campus through service, advocacy, and/or feminist programming.
  • Outstanding Social Justice Activist Award - This award honors student, staff or faculty UVM community members who have worked in anti-sexist endeavors and who have drawn connections between various communities to end multiple forms of oppression. This award recognizes that various forms of oppression (e.g. sexism, ableism, racism, classism, heterosexism, religious discrimination) are connected and support one another.
  • Outstanding Athlete Award - This award honors women-identified athletes who have made significant achievements in their sport as well as in academics and service to the campus community.
  • Outstanding Ally Award - This award honors a student, staff or faculty member who has made significant contributions to feminist and anti-sexist activism on the campus.
  • LYDIA DODGE AWARD* - Selected by the staff of the Women's Center, The Lydia Dodge Award honors an individual who has given tremendous service to the Women's Center. Lydia Dodge is an Alumna of UVM and her contributions helped to create the Women's Center.
  • EDITH D. HENDLEY AWARD* - The Edith D. Hendley Award is presented annually to a woman pursuing graduate studies who has demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, and who has performed dedicated service to women. The award is named after Professor Emerita Edith Hendley.
  • MARIAFRANCA MORSELLI LEADERSHIP AWARD* - The Mariafranca Morselli Leadership award is presented annually to an undergraduate woman majoring in a scientific discipline who has demonstrated leadership qualities, academic excellence and who has contributed significantly to the awareness on campus of the rights of women.

    Mariafranca Morselli was a Professor Emerita of Botany. She was an international scientific leader within her field of maple research. Her unending devotion and commitment to science and the Women's Movement made her an advocate for university women and the leadership they exemplify within the local and international communities.
  • THE WOMEN OF UVM “BEING FIRST” AWARD* - This award recognizes an undergraduate woman who has sought out and created opportunities for themselves and/or other women to participate and excel in areas of study, campus or community activities or associations, or other areas of involvement in which women, up until now have been traditionally underrepresented. The Women of UVM “Being First” Award is sponsored by the group, Women of UVM.

    The criteria for applicants are:  Strong advocate for women demonstrated by their involvement in one or more activities that helps to advance the position of women on campus or in the community​; Barrier breaker for women demonstrated by an activity they have led, process they have implemented, course of study they are pursuing or another step they have taken that has broken a gender barrier for women while an undergraduate student at UVM.

     * This award include a monetary prize.

Questions about these awards should be directed to Enmy Soler.  

Welcome Back BBQ - Fall 2018

Community gathering

The Welcome Back BBQ is the first major event of the new academic year sponsored by the Women's Center. Following the hectic Move-In Day, this backyard picnic provides a relaxing atmosphere for new and returning students to connect with staff and faculty, to catch up with old friends, and to make some new ones.  

For more information call us at 802-656-7892.

Women's History Month - March

Women's History Month Logo

In 1978, Women's History Week was established and expanded to Women's History Month in 1987. Each year since 1987, the United States Congress has passed a proclamation declaring March as Women's History Month. This month is intended to be a focus on the fact that "American women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways" (1987 Congressional Proclamation) as well as that American women have served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement.

March 2018 Calendar of Events!

All Month: Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel & Bluestockings @ UVM's Fleming Museum

3/01: Examinig Race & Body Image, 7PM @ The Davis Center - Sponsored by Living Well

3/02: GSWS and CRES Race, Gender, and Sexuality Student Conference, 12:30PM-6:30PM @ The Davis Center
         Empowerment Series, 3PM-4:30PM @ The Women's Center

3/03: Building a Better Activist Conference, 1PM-5PM @ Waterman 

3/05: Survivors for Survivors, 4PM-6PM @ The Women's Center 

3/06: LGBTQA Center Crockpot Comfort Dinner, 5:15PM-6:30PM @ The LGBTQA Center

3/07: Women's Center, GSWS, and LGBTQA Center Tea, 2PM @ The Women's Center
          Yoga, 3PM-4PM @ The Women's Center
          From Sexting to Sex IRL, 7:30PM @ Living Well

3/08: LGBTQA's Women's Group, 7PM-8PM @ The LGBTQA Center

3/09: Empowerment Series, 3PM-4:30PM @ The Women's Center
         Urban Bush Women, 8PM-10PM @ The Flynn Center for Performing Arts (Tickets Required - Available for $10 w/ UVM ID!)

3/12 - 3/16: UVM Spring Break

3/19: Survivors for Survivors, 4PM-6PM @ The Women's Center
         Women's Awards Banquet (FREE), 5PM-7PM @ The Davis Center

3/20: The Good Stuff Positive-Sexuality Discussion Group, 7PM-8PM @ The Women's Center

3/21: Yoga, 3PM-4PM @ The Women's Center
         Women in STEM Discussion, 5PM-7PM @ The Women's Center
         Fluidity: Perspectives Across Gender & Sexuality, 7:30PM-9PM @ The Davis Center
         Women's History Month Pub Quiz, 9PM-10PM @ Brennan's

3/22: A Dance Party for EveryBody with WERQ, 6:30PM @ Location TBD
         Pink Triangle Project: Aimee & Jaguar Screening, 5:30PM-7:30PM @ UVM Hillel

3/23: Empowerment Series, 3PM-4:30PM @ The Women's Center

3/26: Survivors for Survivors, 4PM-6PM @ The Women's Center
         UPB's Herstory is Your Story, 5PM-7PM @ Waterman Manor

3/27: The Good Stuff Positive-Sexuality Discussion Group, 7PM-8PM @ The Women's Center
         Womyn of Color Coalition's Some Girls Film Screening, 7PM @ Fleming 101

3/28: Yoga, 3PM-4PM @ The Women's Center

3/29: Feminist Singer/Songwriters Through History, 4:30PM-6PM @ The Women's Center
         Womyn of Color Coalition's Natural Hair Expo, 6:30PM @ The Davis Center

3/30: LGBTQA Center's Transgender Day of Visibility, 10:30AM-12:30PM @ The Davis Center
         Empowerment Series, 3PM-4:30PM @ The Women's Center
         Womyn of Color Coalition's Real News Showcase, 6PM @ The Davis Center



Collaborative Events

Women of Color Leadership Retreat (WOCLR)

In collaboration with our campus partner the Mosaic Center for Students of Color, we offer an annual retreat to build community and encourage leadership among women of color. 

Sisterhood Circle

These are monthly meetings for students, staff, and faculty. For more information, contact the Mosaic Center for Students of Color.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

UVM and Burlington community agencies partner each April to plan a series of events which include the Take Back the Night Rally & Speak-Out and many other programs. More details will be coming soon. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Mell.