Previously Funded Projects

Through an annual proposal process from 2016-2018, the Women & Gender Collaborative selected projects that promised to produce long-term positive impacts for our campus community and serve the University’s mission to make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn. These are previously funded programs.

Women Reading @ CSU, a book club designed for CSU employees and graduate students who identify as women, is in its second year! Building upon the success of last year’s book club, this project is continuing on with a focus on appreciating women’s differences, intersectional identities, and diverse experiences. The book club will focus on reading books that are written from diverse authors and that cover a wide range of identities, experiences, and perspectives. The book club will allow participants to explore their own identities, better understand the identities of others, and connect with other folks working at CSU during the book club meetings. One of the unique aspects of this club is that participants are not required to commit to the club itself, but rather can choose which books and meetings to join based on their interest. Three book club meetings will be held in the each fall and spring semesters, with roughly 6 weeks in between each meeting. This book club is funded by the Women and Gender Collaborative Grant Program.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

This book club is designed for any woman-identified staff, faculty member, and graduate student at CSU.

FALL 2018 SEMESTER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 19th: HUNGER by Roxanne Gay 

Tuesday, October 23rd: GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Thursday, November 29th: DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

All meetings will be held from 12:00pm-1:00pm in LSC 386.

Each book club meeting will include light food and refreshments. Please also feel free to bring your lunch.

WHERE DO I BUY THE BOOK?

All books are available now in CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. Each book will have 30-45 copies sold at a subsidized price ranging from $10-$15. We offer this subsidized pricing to make reading and this book club more accessible. For those who do not take the subsidy, there is a 20% discount applied. Please note that the subsidized pricing is reserved for those who intend to attend the book club meeting.  

HOW TO RSVP

Please use the link below to visit the Google doc where you can RSVP for each meeting. Each meeting has its own worksheet. We ask that all participants register by the Monday before the meeting, but please feel free to still attend if you forgot to RSVP, or to bring a colleague with you to the meeting. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lRVDfs9VclV5RX_rOGQnynFkbx1IBnop-S3gkqZK7VA/viewform?ts=59356ec7&edit_requested=true

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BOOK CLUB MEETINGS?

While each meeting may have a large group of participants, participants will discuss the book in a small group (6-8 people). The participants choose their own groups, and each group will lead its own discussion. Suggested processing questions will be placed with each group.

RAFFLES

Each book club meeting will include the raffling of one give away item. The item will be donated by a local woman entrepreneur. If you know of a local woman who would like to donate a giveaway item to a future book club meeting, please contact Lindsay Mason at Lindsay.mason@colostate.edu.

PREVIOUS BOOKS READ

May 2018 – BORN BRIGHT: A YOUNG GIRL’S JOURNEY FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING IN AMERICA by C. Nicole Mason
April 2018 – MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME by Rebecca Solnit 
February 2018 – THE GLASS UNIVERSE: HOW THE LADIES OF THE HARVARD OBSERVATORY TOOK THE MEASURE OF THE STARS by Dava Sobel

December 2017 – RISING STRONG by Brene Brown
November 2017 – THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK EDITED by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
September 2017 – AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

May 2017 – THE NAMESAKE: A NOVEL by Jhumpa Lahiri
March 2017 –  PRESENCE: BRING YOUR BOLDEST SELF TO YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES by Amy Cuddy 
February 2017 – THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead

December 2016 – EXILE AND PRIDE: DISABILITY, QUEERNESS, AND LIBERATION by Eli Clare
November 2016 – FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB: AN OFFICE SURVIVAL MANUAL FOR A SEXIST WORKPLACE by Jessica Bennett 
October 2016 – YEARS OF YES: HOW TO DANCE IT OUT, STAND IN THE SUN AND BE YOUR OWN PERSON by Shonda Rhimes

For more information on Women Reading @ CSU, read this SOURCE story from Fall 2016, this story about the Spring 2017 lineup, or this story about the Fall 2018 lineup. 

Since 2013, a small community of faculty and graduate students has been meeting to discuss gender bias in science careers. This project expands that work to encourage an open exchange of ideas and information among women and men in the sciences. In addition to providing an honest and supportive environment that fosters an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, the group works to promote career advancement and active problem-solving for those who are involved.

As part of this project, the group is hosting The Women in Science Workshop on April 19, 2018 from 12:00-6:00 pm in the LSC Theater. This year’s symposium will feature Drs. Kathleen Galvin, Megan Murray, and Kelsey Shaw. Learn more about the 2018 Symposium speakers.  

The first Women in Science Workshop (featured in CSU SOURCE and the Fort Collins Coloradoan) celebrated the career paths of three prominent women science advocates and was attended by women and men at various stages of their careers in academia, industry, local and regional businesses. Topics of conversations included:

  • Practical suggestions for all faculty/administrators (women and men) to assist in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in science.
  • Strategies and tools to assist in conversations about science to non-scientists.
  • Insight into the science of team science.
  • An opportunity to network with a community of individuals dedicated to the advancement of women, science and improved communication strategies to promote both.

For more information on the Women in Science Workshop, read this SOURCE story. To connect with project leads for the Women in Science Career Issues groups, contact Candace Mathiason at Candace.Mathiason@colostate.edu.

Following a productive series of conversations last spring, the Man: Educate Yourself (MEY) Project is welcoming participants for the next two cohorts.  MEY is an emerging initiative that supports President Frank’s charge to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.  Sponsored by the Women and Gender Collaborative’s grant program, MEY promotes engagement with men who are campus administrators, managers, and supervisors in conversations, introspection, and appropriate action regarding how men can advance gender equity in office and classroom settings. 

The first MEY group met over the Spring 2017 semester and engaged in conversations about masculinity and societal influences affecting mindsets and behaviors that manifest in work and learning environments.  Through lunch meetings over the course of the semester, MEY facilitators shared skills, insights and ideas on how to increase understanding and promotion of gender equity leading to greater success for all.  If interested in the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 cohorts, please contact Oscar Felix at (970) 988-0471 or email Oscar.Felix@ColoState.edu.

By offering free yoga classes for women veterans at CSU through the New Start Program and the Adult Learner and Veteran Services Office, this project provides opportunities to develop community, enhance health and wellness, and share campus resources. Yoga classes are offered once a week and are designed to address the specific needs of women veteran students, staff, and faculty.

WHAT:

FREE Yoga classes on campus, all supplies provided
Classes are led by an Occupational Therapist/Certified Yoga Teacher
Small class size, tailored to individual needs

WHO:

Designed for faculty, staff and students who identify as women
Classes are appropriate for all-levels, and for those who would benefit from personalized accommodations (modifications, props) as part of their practice
May be appropriate for individuals who have unique or special needs (i.e. a disability, PTSD, anxiety, trauma, brain injury, chronic pain, etc.)
This program was initially for Veterans only; it is now open to both Veteran and non-Veteran women

WHERE:

CSU Occupational Therapy Building, 800 Oval Drive
First floor classroom (room 101)

WHEN:

TUESDAYS, 7:00-8:00 AM
SPRING SEMESTER, 2018

STYLE:

Focused on the mind-body-spirit connection, through Asana and Pranayama
Gentle, flowing series of postures, dynamic movements and breathing exercises
This class is movement-focused, and DOES NOT include a group processing/discussion component

Designed to:

  • increase strength, flexibility and posture
  • reduce stress, anxiety and tension
  • regulate the nervous system, energy and emotions
  • promote balance, clarity and healing

Drop-in classes will run through the fall and spring semesters. 

If you have questions, call (970) 491-6669 or email Stacey.L.Nichols@colostate.edu

Drawing on over 40 years of experience with women’s leadership development, HERS is partnering with CSU to offer a new program designed for CSU women employees: HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops. Each year, this project provides foundational leadership and professional planning skills for 36 early-career women at CSU. The 2017 workshops will be delivered in three 2-hour seminars once a month in February, March, and April. The activities will include working in small groups to complete a short project on campus that serves the University mission to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.

The HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops are funded by the Women and Gender Collaborative and free for selected applicants. This program is also provided in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and the Office of Equal Opportunity.

In 2013, President Frank charged the University during his Fall Address to become the best place for women to work and learn, thereby initiating the President’s Women and Gender Initiative, which launched as the Women & Gender Collaborative in Spring 2016. Over the 2016-2017 academic year, the Collaborative has supported five grant-funded projects that have provided targeted opportunities for improving the culture and climate around gender at CSU.

It is with great excitement that the Women & Gender Collaborative announces another call for proposals. All interested employees (staff and faculty), departments, and units are invited to review the application packet and submit a proposal for consideration. Project proposals should be developed to create long-term positive impacts that serve the University’s mission to improve the campus culture and climate around gender and make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.  

PROJECT PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL TO KATIE ESQUIVEL AT KATIE.ESQUIVEL@COLOSTATE.EDU BY 5:00 PM MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017. THE APPLICATION PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. 

In order to support innovative ideas across campus that will produce long-term positive effects for women and the gendered culture at CSU, the Women & Gender Collaborative will fund and assist in the development of projects over the course of two years. It is anticipated that the two-year time frame will enable funded projects to acquire sufficient evidence of their repeated success and impact, such that a compelling case could be made to seek long-term funding from other sources and secure the projects’ continuation after the first two years.

The Women & Gender Collaborative is willing to help interested individuals or units develop their project proposal ideas and/or clarify any details about the proposal process. Appointments are available during the following time blocks.  Please contact Katie Esquivel to reserve a specific time if you would like meet and discuss your project idea.

DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT PROPOSAL CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PACKET HERE: 2017-2019 PROJECT PROPOSAL PACKET