Center for Women & Gender Equity Signature Programs


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Take Back the Night 2016

Take Back the Night (Fall)

Take Back the Night is an annual event, held in October, which brings awareness to gender-based violence. The event includes a march against gender-based violence and a candlelight vigil to honor survivors and those we have lost to violence.

Interested in serving on the 2016 Planning Committee?





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WLA 2016 Cohort

Women's Leadership Academy (Fall)

The Women's Leadership Academy (WLA), held in collaboration with the Dean of Student office, is an annual program based in principles of feminist leadership. The training takes place off-campus each fall semester over two days. Participants of WLA hear from empowering female leaders on our campus and in our community, identify their individual values that motivate them to make social change, collectively engage in formulating solutions to challenges presented, analyze American societal norms that have limited women's participation in leadership roles throughout the course of history, and enhance self-care techniques as a tool to further their growth in leadership.   



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Start Smart- Campus Women Win! (Spring)

Start Smart workshops are specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82 percent of what their male counterparts receive. By using the skills taught in this workshop, you are prepared to

  • Negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early,
  • Improve your lifelong earning potential,
  • Articulate your value,
  • Build confidence in your negotiation style,
  • Sharpen your budgeting skills.


Play! Believe! Achieve! A UTC Event in Honor of National Girls & Women in Sports Day (Spring)

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Play, Believe, Achieve! 2015

Play, Believe, Achieve! (PBA) is a UTC event, hosted annually, in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.  PBA is an opportunity for women interested in mentoring youth, to spend the day with a student from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.  Mentors empower their mentees to be physically active, fuel their bodies with healthy foods, and most importantly- spend the day reminding her that going to college and her dreams are within reach.