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Join PACSW: Advance the role of women at UCOP

Lily Dimitrova, Jackie DiOiro, Blaze Farrar and Marisa Strong

PACSW members Lily Dimitrova, Jackie DiOiro, Blaze Farrar and Marisa Strong distribute flowers to UCOP staff on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023

If you’ve ever attended an event through the Women We Admire Speaker Series, enjoyed the Remarkable Women at UC posters that have been displayed in the Franklin lobby, attended a Meet at the Table networking event, heard about the “Making Power Moves: Women and Leadership” course, or learned about supporting your colleagues through the “Caregiver Toolkit” you know about the great work being done by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW).

PACSW members enjoy unique opportunities to participate in professional growth and networking activities, interact with high-level UCOP leaders, demonstrate leadership, and advance women and family-friendly policies benefitting UCOP staff. The group’s purpose is to recommend and sponsor programs and other activities or policies that afford women equal opportunity, fair access, inclusion and advancement. Most UC locations have a similar staff organization, and local groups have representation on the Systemwide Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (SACSW).

PACSW is invested in the success of all its members. Through active participation, members become part of a dynamic, interesting, fun and inclusive network of professionals representing all UCOP departments and a variety of stages along the career continuum. As an employee resource group, PACSW is guided by a set of strategic goals:

  • Promote and provide professional development to amplify women’s visibility and improve women’s opportunity to compete for career opportunities at UCOP
  • Champion policies, programs and practices that foster an inclusive and equitable climate for women at UCOP
  • Inspire and connect women at UCOP and throughout the UC system
  • Contribute to building a UCOP culture that welcomes, encourages and supports issues impacting women and their professional goals.

Membership terms last two years and are renewable for up to six years. Members devote two to three hours each month to PACSW activities, including a monthly meeting. PACSW meetings alternate each month. In the months with Regent’s meetings (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.) we meet on the fourth Wednesday from 12:10 – 1 p.m. (PT). Every other month (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.), we meet from 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. (PT) on the third Wednesday.

How to join PACSW

Learn more about how to join PACSW on our website. If you are interested in applying, please complete this brief survey. The application deadline is April 28, 2023.  Potential members are also invited to attend a PACSW open house to learn firsthand the work of our group. There are two open house opportunities:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. (PT)
  • Wednesday, April 19, 12:10 ­– 1 p.m. (PT)

Sign-up here for an open house to receive the Zoom link and advance notice of the agenda and meeting materials.

Upcoming PACSW event: Women We Admire featuring Michele Goodwin

All UCOP staff are invited to join PACSW in celebrating Women’s History Month by attending the next installation of the Women We Admire speaker series, taking place on March 29, from 12 – 1 p.m. (PT).

PACSW will welcome Michele Bratcher Goodwin, S.J.D., chancellor’s professor and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine.

Dr. Goodwin is credited with helping to establish and shape the health law field. She directed the first American Bar Association-accredited health law program in the nation and established the first law center focused on race and bioethics. She is also a sought-after public commentator and has been featured in print, radio and television news, including Politico, Salon, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among many others. She is the host of the “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” podcast at Ms. A prolific author, her publications include six books and over 100 articles, essays, book chapters and commentaries.

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