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Women’s Mentoring Network!

29 Jan

Women's Mentoring Network!

The 2013 Wom*n’s Department is working on a union led mentoring program which would provide women students with opportunities to network within their chosen field, swapping necessary skills and knowledge.

In 2012 the Wom*n’s Department ran Bluestockings Week as part of a national campaign that celebrated women in academia. The week was a great opportunity to reflect on what women students had won, and what they are still fighting for. A key message that emerged from Bluestockings was the benefits of role models, from within general academia and specific fields of study, who can help fledgling students navigate the tricky landscape of study and employment.

The Women’s Mentoring Network will be a professional networking group, which will allow women to meet, talk and share experiences in a casual setting. The network will group (optimistically pair) undergraduate students with post graduate women in their field, it will also invite significant key note speakers for the group at large. The Network will provide support and training for the mentors, an opportunity for leadership that will make them more outstanding graduates in the work force. The WMN is in its early stages at the moment, but we hope to have our first meetings at the beginning of the semester. At the moment we are looking for expressions of interest from prospective mentorees and mentors. Register your interest here!

Stress Less Week

13 Aug
First off I want to say thank you so much to everyone who supported Bluestockings Week. From baking cupcakes, womanning the stalls, postering, petitioning and playing snakes and ladders, it was so great to have so many wonderful students get so into it! We had so much interest and involvement (and fun) from wom*n students from all across the uni, it was heartening to see so much support for the cause(s). Everyone should be really proud. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, it’s right here. SPREAD IT ROUND!

No rest for your student union though, right after working with the Wom*n’s department on Bluestockings Week the UMSU Education department is now running Stress Less Week, with workshops on mental health and self-care and THEN A JUMPING CASTLE. Srsly, get on it.

Meanwhile, in the Wom*n’s department, we’re back to our weekly fun:
  • Monday 1pm in the Wom*n’s Room: Women’s Action Collective (WAC)
  • Wednesday morning in the Wom*n’s Room: Stitch n Bitch
  • Thursday 1pm in the Wom*n’s Room: Girlzone (Tea, cake and conversation for queer and questioning wom*n)
  • Thursday 4.30pm in the Students’ Lounge, Ground Floor, Union House: FFFFILMS (open to all genders)

In sisterhood,

Amy x

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