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CWN Newsletter: December 20th, 2021
Welcome from the Cal Women's Network! CWN affirms a campus community where women* are empowered to pursue and achieve their professional and personal goals. *All who experience life through the lens of a woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid. We encourage you to share ideas, events, and campus job postings with us anytime. Job updates are shared with the community weekly via email. 
Spreading Holiday Cheer
From our festive stockings, ugly Christmas sweaters, and cozy work-from-home setups to yours -- we wish you a very happy holiday season filled with love, joy, and most of all: rest! 

As 2021 comes to a close, here are some resources to usher in the new year with extra cheer and intentionality: 

Celebrating the Holidays
  • Christmas (December 25th) 
  • Kwanzaa (December 26th - January 1)
    • The History and Traditions of Kwanzaa - founded by the chair of CSU Long Beach's Black Studies department in 1966 following the Watts riots in LA, this 7-day celebration centers the values of African culture and brings its diaspora communities in the US together: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. 
    • During a time of pandemic and racial reckoning, Kwanzaa brings joy.
Self-Care Doesn't Have to Wait Until the New Year

CWN Chair Spotlight

CWN elected an almost entirely new leadership team this year, and we would like to introduce ourselves to you! We will be featuring a different chair every newsletter so you can get to know us.

Martina Maven Parashkevova

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Position on Campus: Visitor Coordinator
Position in CWN: Recorder/Historian Chair
Time at UC Berkeley: 2 years
What motivated you to join CWN, and what do you want to accomplish in your role?
I was born and raised in a country where womxn’s roles are fixed and opportunities are limited. At Berkeley, we have so much more space to be, transform and support each other. I love being part of the motivated, generous and tireless CWN team, serving womxn on campus. I am happy to support the team in creating networking, educational and professional development opportunities, as well as space for womxn on campus to just be themselves, grow and help one another.

What is a hobby or activity that helped you cope during the pandemic and stay at home orders?
Reading fiction and taking UC Extension classes.

Pets of CWN

“Love is a four-legged word.”
Let’s share the love with fun pet photos! 

Submit your fur (or scaled or finned) family photos and details to be featured in an upcoming CWN newsletter.
Tell Us About Your Pet

Introducing Cooper!

Doggie belonging to Jen Brand

Age: 7 years old  |  Breed/Type: Cocker Spaniel/Chihuahua mix

Origin Story: Facebook Puggle Rescue (we didn't know he wasn't a puggle for a long time after we got him).

Favorite Toy: He's afraid of toys and balls. I guess his favorite toy is anything edible!

Fun Fact: Cooper is afraid of flies (and fly swatters). he will hide when he hears a fly - but go figure, he chases bees outside.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

CWN Making Connections: LinkedIn Workshop with Rebecca Andersen, January 11th, 2022
All Making Connections participants are invited to a special interactive LinkedIn workshop - just for you. Make edits during the session to have your profile stand out, gain valuable peer feedback, and have fun! This workshop is designed for those who just created a LinkedIn profile yesterday to seasoned LinkedIn users and everyone in between. Bring your questions and curiosity. The workshop will be hosted by Rebecca Andersen, educator, certified Design Your Life and Wellcoaches career coach, and Senior Director of Student & Alumni Career Development at the School of Information. Look for this invitation and Zoom link on your bCal! 
CWN Cook-along with Wellness Program Dietician,
Kim Guess, January 20th, 2022
New year, new healthy recipes! If you want to catch up with your colleagues in a fun and health-minded way, learn useful skills, and eat tasty food, join us for a virtual cook-along on Thursday, January 20th from noon to 1:00 pm. If you’d rather not cook-along, you can prepare the recipes later, or just hang out and socialize via Zoom too. We’ll prepare two simple and nutritious recipes using ingredients that you may already have. The grocery list is provided ahead of the event so you have time to acquire any ingredients you don’t already have on hand. If possible, join the Zoom call 10 minutes early to say hi and gather your ingredients and equipment.  Look for this invitation and Zoom link on bCal soon!
More Information on UHS Wellness Programs

Featured Jobs

To better provide you with more recent job postings, CWN will be sending recruitment posts once a week rather than in our monthly newsletter. If you’d like to advertise an opportunity, please send it to
We want to hear from you!

Please submit an upcoming event, job posting, or resource you would like featured in CWN's next newsletter.
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