Women's Empowerment Initiative

Women's Empowerment Initiative at Champlain CollegeMission

The Women's Empowerment Initiative aims to cultivate confidence and courage by fostering the achievements of women. Through the Initiative, we strive to empower current and future leaders, and to provide learning, networking, and recognition opportunities for students, staff and faculty.


2017 -2018 WEI Events 

September 27, 2017 

Fall Women's Leadership Dinner with Linda Tarr-Whelan and guest speakers Allyson Laackman & Melinda Moulton 

November 9, 2017 

Transformative Leadership Workshop with Linda Tarr-Whelan 

December 11, 2017 

#MeToo Campus-Wide Conversation 

Spring Semester, 2018 

Women's Leadership Seminar 

January 22, 6:00-8:00 PM 

Morgan Room, Aiken Hall 
Panel Discussion: Professionalism at Champlain College 
This conversation will look at the concept of professionalism through an equity/diversity/inclusion lens. 
The purpose of this panel discussion is to unpack what we mean when we say "professional" at Champlain College (both for our students and our faculty and staff colleagues) and to interrogate how this concept might, at times, come into tension with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. 

January 26-28, 2018 

Women's Leadership Retreat

January 31, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM 

Alumni Auditorium 
Presentation and discussion with Yassin Sarr, Founder of Starfish International, Gender and Education Activist from The Gambia.

February 6, 2018 

Spring Women's Leadership Dinner with Linda Tarr-Whelan and guest speakers Kathy Austin & Wanda Heading-Grant 

March 7, 2018

12:30-1:45 PM, Champlain Room 
Welcome to the World 
An interactive simulation exploring the life experiences of women across the globe. Dessert provided! 

March 28, 2018 (rescheduled from March 7)

International Women's Day:

12:30-1:45, Alumni Auditorium 
Guest Speaker: Ritu Sharma (https://www.iyfnet.org/people/ritu-sharma) & Student Panel 
Ritu Sharma will speak about her work with international women's rights, gender based violence, and women's leadership, followed by Q&A and a student panel. The panel will consist of students who are international students themselves, have international experience, and/or do international work related to women's empowerment. We are excited to welcome Absa Samba, Lily Mason, and Sawyer Cawley Edwards on the panel moderated by Val Esposito, Director of the Environmental Studies & Policy Program and professor of the Women's Leadership Seminar course.

May, 2018 

Faculty workshop with Linda Tarr-Whelan at May Collaborative 

Additional events will added to the 2017-2018 calendar! 

For more information, email WEI@champlain.edu.