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2021-2022 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)
Program Information and Nomination Process Purpose

UC WI is a unique, experiential professional development program committed to enabling the full participation, success and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the University. The program is open to all who support this mission and who are interested in the development of woman-identified professionals..

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Sponsors and Management
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Target Audience
  • Mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Someone who has demonstrated potential for advancement
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Participant Outcomes
  • Build strategic relationships
  • Actively communicate their value to the organization
  • Advocate for their own needs in the workplace
  • Coach others to demonstrate their value to the organization
  • Increase awareness of diverse UC career paths
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Participant Criteria
  • The nominee is a current mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Office of the President
  • Demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Is a woman-identified professional or supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders
  • Represents the diversity at each UC location
  • Represents different functions and departments at each location
  • Is able to commit to the program with full attendance and participation at all sessions
  • Is able to complete intersession assignments which require up to two hours between seminars
  • Has the written support of their supervisor or Chancellor Cabinet Member
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Program Participation Expectations
  • Participate fully — the UC Women’s Initiative is experiential and relies heavily on full participant contribution
  • Attend all program sessions in their entirety — locations will be charged for participants who do not complete the program
  • Complete the Pre-Work and Pre-Program Survey before the first day of their assigned cohort
  • Complete up to 2 hours of additional work assigned between program sessions
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UC WI Participant Costs
  • The $1,050 participant fee covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support
    • This is the same as the previous years’ participant fee
  • Upon return to the preferred, in-person delivery method, we expect the fee to increase to its original $1,950 per participant or higher, based on the cost of in-person delivery
    • Travel and other expenses for in-person deliveries of the program are the responsibility of the individual participant’s location
  • By nominating and selecting an individual, the location is agreeing to payment of the $1,050 participant fee
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2021/2022 Program Overview

The UC WI schedule coincides with UC’s academic/fiscal calendar. We will offer six cohorts with the nomination and selection process running March through May 2021. The program is planned to be offered completely virtually at this time due to remote work requirements.

The 2021/2022 program includes:

  • A single request for nominations to fill all cohorts
  • Program fee of $1,050 per participant
  • Six regional cohorts (three North and three South), 30 participants per cohort, accommodating 180 total
    • Cohort 1:  September – November 2021
    • Cohort 2:  January – March 2022
    • Cohort 3:  April – June 2022
  • Four sessions per cohort, co-facilitated by Coro Northern California staff and UC WI graduates
  • Virtual program delivery
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2021/2022 Nomination Process
  • The nomination process has closed. Be sure to check back for the 2022-2023 program.
  • Individuals may be nominated or may apply to participate in the program
  • 2021/2022 detailed Cohort Schedules coming soon
  • Review the UC WI FAQ’s

For more information regarding the UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development, please visit the UC Women's Initiative webpage or contact

For local support please contact

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UC Women's Initiative Connect

UC Women’s Initiative Connect makes it easy for you to find each other, post and explore jobs and volunteer opportunities, share expertise, support each other and network. Even if you change UC work locations or are no longer working at UC, you will still be connected!

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