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.

Women's History Month - March 2019

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.

This March, look for opportunities to celebrate with UVM's Womyn of Color Coalition!!

Women's Awards Banquet - March 19, 2019

Women's Center Event

March 19, 2019 - 5:00PM - Grand Maple Ballroom of the UVM Davis Center

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.

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

Dismantling Rape Culture Conference - April 11, 2019

Save the Date: April 11, 2019

Registration is now closed - BUT, we would still love to have you join us on Thursday and register on-site.

Our Keynote Address will be given by Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei.

Author, activist and master trainer angel Kyodo williams' Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation is igniting long overdue conversations on what hinders liberation of self and society. Rev. angel notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters." She was made for these times.We are excited for the opportunties to reflect on radical liberation with Rev. angel and consider the ways healing and justice are connected in this movement. 

Our Final Program is available in PDF format below.


Our Day-at-a-Glance Schedule is available below. Registrants will receive an electronic copy of the finalized program, along with more information on parking, accessibility, and more one week before the Conference.




8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.                    Session I

Supporting Survivors through Reporting: What can Police and Public Safety do for You?

Presented by Officers from UVM Police, SMC Public Safety, and the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations

Facilitated by: David Waller

Williams Family Room

The Military’s Response to Sexual Trauma

Presented by: Scott Detweiler and Christina Lazelle

Spruce Room

*(de/re)Constructing Transmasculinities: A Community Conversation on the Patriarchy, Rape Culture, and Cisheteronormativity

Presented by: Benjamin C. Kennedy, M.Ed.   

Boulder Society Room



Stories of Connection and Joy: Growing our Movement by Centering Positive Narratives Against Rape Culture

Presented by: Jordan Allen-Brandon, Alisa Del Tufo, Chani Waterhouse, and Natanya Vanderlaan

Jost Foundation Room

Chutes and Ladders: Toxic Masculinity Edition

Presented by: Monique Gardon and Kayla Schneider

Chittenden Bank Room

Sexual Assault Trauma and Neuroscience Research: Present Critiques and Future Directions

Presented by: Rory Decker

Handy Family Room

Transforming Our Approaches to Anti-Violence Work: An Informal Discussion on Challenges & New Possibilities

Presented by: Willow Stein and Skylar Wolfe

Mildred Livak Ballroom

Virginity’s Relationship with Rape Culture

Presented by: Jenna Emerson

Frank Livak Ballroom


9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                    Session II

Feminist Archetypes in Response to Patriarchal Culture: Myths of Resistance & Female Empowerment

Presented by: Rita Munro, MA

Williams Family Room

Invisible Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse

Presented by: Glenn Herring

Spruce Room

*The Complexity of POC Bodies: Exploring Rape, Trauma and Sexuality through Poetry

Presented by: Keiba Bragg-Best, MS, NCC, Veronica F. Jacobs, and Daniel Tovar

Boulder Society Room



Pizza Planet: Practicing New Metaphors for Consent that Center People and Pleasure

Presented by: Phoebe Rotter

Jost Foundation Room

*Navigating Hookup Culture as a Survivor

Presented by: Linnea Johnson

Chittenden Bank Room



Human Trafficking and Rape Culture: Understanding How Trafficking Shows Up

Presented by: Nina Carr, Isabel Fetter, Mikayla Humiston, Callie Kotzan, and Theresa Noonan

Handy Family Room

Violence in the Anti-Violence Workplace

Presented by: Lucy Basa and jas wheeler

Mildred Livak Ballroom

Vermont Youth Seeking Askable Adults: What Are They and How Can I be One?

Presented by: Sophia Papka, Savannah Williams, and Laura Young

Frank Livak Ballroom


11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                    Session III

That’s How They Do it in the Movies: From ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ to Real Love

Presented by: Julia Swift

Williams Family Room

Defining Your Boundaries

Presented by: Jennilee Stocker

Spruce Room

*LGBTQ+ Anxieties and Strengths: How do We Thrive Under the Cis-Straight Gaze?

Presented by: Nathan Karas

Boulder Society Room



ASK Us About Consent

Presented by: PPNNE Peer Educators

Facilitated by: Andrea Nicoletta

Jost Foundation Room

A is Not For Ally: Affirming Asexual College Student Narratives

Presented by: Catherine Meyer

Chittenden Bank Room

Taking Off The Masc: An X-Man's Journey Navigating Toxic Masculinity and Rape Culture

Presented by: David Waller

Handy Family Room

Surviving Higher Ed. as a Survivor

Presented by: Jennifer Clarke

Mildred Livak Ballroom

Brainspotting: An Effective Healing Therapy for Survivors and Those Who Serve Them

Presented by: Katherine Allen, MA, LMFT

Frank Livak Ballroom

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.                              LUNCH                                       Grand Maple Ballroom


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            Keynote Address              Grand Maple Ballroom

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei - The Time for Radical Liberation is Now        


2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                    Session IV

Ecstatic Dance for Healing

Presented by: Marla Goldstein

(Note: Movement-based session; please wear comfortable clothing)

Grand Maple Ballroom

*Queer Resilience: A Space for Honoring Nonlinear Healing

Presented by: Laura Aguilera

Boulder Society Room



Gender Discrimination as Rape Culture in the Workplace: What Can You Do?

Presented by: Kimberly Ead and Ana-Cristina Medal

Jost Foundation Room

Is it Always Bell and the Beast? Displaced Narratives of Trans and Non-binary Folx

Presented by: Tahn

Chittenden Bank Room

A Christian Perspective that Counteracts Rape Culture

Presented by: Rev. Ann Larson

Handy Family Room

Are You Really Trauma-Informed? Examining Practices that Truly Meet Survivors Where They Are

Presented by: Brittany Haskins, Lindsay Martin, and Kristine Reynolds

Mildred Livak Ballroom

Healing as an Act of Justice: A Follow-Up Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Frank Livak Ballroom

4:00 p.m.                                        Closing Remarks                                Grand Maple Ballroom


The UVM Women’s Center is committed to ending violence by focusing on intersections of identities, intersectional approaches to community building, prevention and awareness, and support and resources for those who experience violence on our campus and in our communities. Our partners in the Division of Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs, including the Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Interfaith Center, and Prism Center for Queer and Trans students, are instrumental in helping our community understand the complex systems of power and oppression that support racism, heterosexism, cissexism, xenophobia, religious discrimination, classism, and more. The enormity of the task to dismantle these intricate and interlaced webs is our shared work and necessitates collective organizing.

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. DRCC is open to members of the UVM community, as well as external community members who wish to be in community to strategize an end to violence and a manifestation of connection.

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


Welcome Back BBQ - September 11, 2018

Community gathering

Join us on September 11, 2018 for some classic summer eats, a round or two of badminton, and a chance to connect and kick off the school year!

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.  


Women @ Noon - Fall 2018

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 2018 schedule will be available soon. We are always seeking ideas, suggestions and volunteers to present and/or lead a discussion. If interested please contact us:

An example of sessions we have hosted in the past include: 

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


Guerrilla Girls on Tour - October 29-30, 2018

Guerrilla Girls on Tour

PUSH/PUSHBACK- 9 Steps to Make a Difference with Art and Activism with Aphra Behn of the Guerilla Girls!

10/30 @ 6pm @ the Fleming Museum

Donna Kaz was an aspiring actress until she pulled a gorilla mask over her head and became Aphra Behn of the Guerilla Girls. Guerilla Girls on Tour are feminist activist artists dedicated to generating a conversation about the current state of women in the arts. In this humorous and enlightening interactive talk, Aphra Behn details how the actions of one person can push against the status quo. The talk culminates in a motivational step-by-step conclusion to inspire audience members to think of themselves as citizen artists who have the power to change the world!

Workshop: FREE art and activism workshop with the Guerrilla Girls on Monday, October 29, from 6-8:30pm at The Gallery at The Hive Studios, 420 Pine Street in Burlington's South End Arts District. To register and for more information, contact jen berger:

The Women's Summit

Women's Summit poster

The 2017 Women's Summit was an inspirational event and we look forward to co-sponsoring another Summit soon! 

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.