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CWN Newsletter: July 16th, 2021

Dear CWN, 

Thank you to all who participated at our CWN Surveillance Testing Event on June 21st! It was wonderful seeing folks off-screen and partner with University Health Services as our community prepares for a return to campus this Fall. 

Like many, we wonder what the "new normal" will look and feel like in the context of shared space and community. Will it be refreshing, exhausting, familiar? What aspects of the past pandemic year+ will we take with us? What will we leave behind...besides our slippers? Beyond working from home, in what ways have we changed in light of the national racial reckoning? As we transition away - at least in part - from the Zoom screen, how can we prepare ourselves to be present, inclusive, and to extend (and ask for) grace as we navigate change? 

A couple of easy ways to support inclusion in professional spaces: 

While we don't have all of the answers right now, we wanted to take a moment and set an intention for our network this academic year: that we continue to cultivate a strong sense of community among professional womxn at Cal and that we lean into opportunities where we can grow together - be it remote, in-person, or some hybrid of the two. 

- The CWN Steering Committee

Looking for Ways to Engage?

Join CWN's new Communications Subcommittee! We are a small group of folks who love high res photos, font uniformity, and collective wordsmithery. One of our network's greatest strengths is that we comprise a plurality of perspectives, personal and professional backgrounds, intersectional identities -- as such, our Communications Chair would like to extend an open invitation to join weekly brainstorming meetings, Tuesdays @ 4pm, to share ideas for content across our platforms, events, and advocacy efforts. Please reach out to for more info about the group and/or Zoom details. 

CWN Membership Survey

Thank You + What We Learned

Thank you to those who responded to our survey! As we review responses in more detail, we wanted to share out some of our initial learnings: 

  • We overwhelmingly voted to hold upcoming events over Zoom around lunch (11:30am - 1:30pm).

  • "Career advancement for womxn" and "Womxn in leadership" rose to the top as future event topics, followed by "Mentorship/coaching", "Wellness", "Navigating campus/networking", "Work/life balance" and "Advocacy & allyship for intersectional identities". 

  • 72% of respondents are interested in participating in a CWN mentorship program. More information on our pilot program this fall will be shared at our July 28th session (see below)! 

  • 56% of respondents preferred the name 'Cal Womxn's Network'. We see this as an invitation to dive into the nuances of this topic further, recognizing that this is a slim majority among those who responded. For consistency across our platforms and marketing, we will move forward with Cal Womxn's Network and have amended the statement on our website to: "Womxn defined as a woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n)". 

We value the detailed, open-ended feedback the survey enabled us to collect, and look forward to actively discussing and incorporating your suggestions, goals, and perspectives in all aspects of CWN's programming, communications, and leadership. Thank you for your time, openness, and partnership at this stage of our journey! 

Upcoming CWN Events

Fidelity Financial Series

Organize, Plan, and Own Your Future

Tuesday, July 20th from 12 - 1 pm PT

Whether you're just starting our or nearing retirement, the Women and Investing: Organize, Plan, Own Your Future class offers simple steps you can take to achieve your financial goals. 


Whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement, this class helps you learn simple steps you can take to achieve your financial goals. It also includes ways to build healthy financial habits, save for multiple goals, and invest wisely, so that you can take control of your financial future.


Women who prefer to learn in a class designed specifically for women, addressing common challenges and creating an environment that builds confidence.


Introducing Our New Networking & Peer Coaching Pilot Program

We are excited to announce that CWN is currently developing its own networking and peer coaching program, in response to our membership's expressed interest in more opportunities for CWN members to meet and learn from each other. This program is designed to provide community, networking, skills development, accountability, accessibility to resources, kind feedback, and strengthened leadership skills. 

Applications for the October 2021 - March 2022 will open in early August. To learn more about the program, how to apply, and the selection/pairing process, we invite you to attend an information session led by CWN's Professional Development Chair on Wednesday, July 28th @ 12pm. For general questions, please reach out to 

Attend our July 28th Info Session

Fidelity Financial Series

Retirement Income Planning for Her

Monday, August 16th from 12 - 1 pm PT

An adapted version of Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning, class can help you learn how to determine when retirement is feasible based on projected savings and expected financial challenges down the road. 


This class can help you learn how to determine when retirement is feasible based on projected savings and expected financial challenges in retirement. It also covers estimating how long savings may last with a solid retirement income plan.


Those who are thinking about retirement and would like to learn how to develop a retirement income plan that tracks income and expenses through retirement.


Fidelity Financial Series

Create a Budget, Ditch Your Debt

Wednesday, September 22nd from 12 - 1 pm PT

This class can help you get a handle on spending and borrowing so you can start building your future. 


This class offers manageable strategies and tools that can help you get a handle on spending and borrowing. It also covers how to develop a smart budget and ways to manage debt.


Those who want to build healthy spending and saving habits to improve their current financial situation.

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Featured Jobs

Agricultural Program Manager (7398U) #17779 - The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks a full-time Program Manager to lead the Center's agriculture research program, which builds a policy-relevant evidence base for how technologies can the lives of some of the world's poorest people: smallholder farmers. 

Assistant Director, African American Student Development (4501U) #19712 - The Multicultural Student Development (MSD) unit is actively seeking an Assistant Director for the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. As a subject matter expert in the histories, theories, and practice of African American/Black thought, multiculturalism, and student leadership development, this role will foster collaborative relationships across campus, manage programs, and support advising. 

Executive Assistant (7384U) #19777: The College of Letters and Sciences (L&S) is seeking a motivated person to provide administrative support for the Executive Dean, Jenna Johnson-Hanks, and her senior leadership team. Responsibilities include managing calendars, assembling and analyzing background material for meetings, coordinating communications, drafting/editing a range of documents, and planning for events, among others.

Legal Assistant (4722C) #20235: The Faculty Support Unit (FSU) at Berkeley Law is recruiting for three Legal Assistant positions. These positions will provide direct administrative support to faculty in a wide range of areas including course materials, academic research, exam administration, purchasing, reimbursements, and clerkship recommendation letters.

(Senior) Program Associate, Financial Inclusion (7397U) #18322 - The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is looking for a skilled Program Associate to work closely with faculty leadership and engage with other CEGA affiliates, partners, and sponsors interested in financial inclusion and international development research. 
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