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The Women’s Advancement Initiative

The Women’s Advancement Initiative uniquely positions women for success through its education and leadership programs, research and scholarship opportunities, and career connections and experiences, which open minds and doors. The Women’s Advancement Initiative is supported and sustained by a community of women and men who believe that advancing the potential of women is a personal and a collective priority. The Women’s Advancement works in collaboration with partners to enhance women’s education, empower women to lead, and enrich the University community.

Programs for Students

Programs for StudentsLEAD

Serving more than 100 female students in all class years, the LEAD program features more than 50 leadership and professional development workshops and an empowering network of students and professionals. The design of LEAD was inspired by the way students at Hartford College for Women were challenged and supported. Participants graduate with the professional skills they need to excel in careers, in graduate school, and in life. 


Dorothy Goodwin Scholars program provides scholarships, professional development, and a learning community for female students doing innovative research or creative projects in partnership with faculty mentors. Faculty mentors receive stipends to support their own professional development.

Robert E. Donovan Scholarships for female engineering majors awarded in memory of Robert E. Donovan.

Programs for Faculty and Staff

Programs for Faculty and StaffFACULTY FELLOWSHIPS 

Recognizing full–time female faculty who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to advancing their discipline through teaching, scholarship, mentoring of female students, and/or excellence in practice, Faculty Fellowship awards are made to both early career and mid–to–late career faculty. Recipients receive $7,500 grants that are announced at the University’s Faculty/Staff Kickoff.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson Leaders for female faculty and staff includes professional development workshops, networking, and leadership projects. In its inclusion of faculty and staff together, this popular professional development program builds leaders and community while fostering collaboration on campus. Established in 2008, the program has served 89 faculty and staff to date.

To learn more or to get involved, call 860.768.5289 or email