Promoting Professional Advancement And Systemic Change For Future Generations Of Women
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 4:15pm

Whether in faculty or administrative positions, the first generation of women in higher education worked their way into a closed, male-centric, and often unwelcoming context, only to turn to the next generation of women entering higher education offering little-perceived support. Successive second and third generations of women in higher education, however, have entered the sector with greater ease and perhaps more support from fellow women but by no means without barriers.

Working with the idea that to prepare for the future, we need to understand how we got here; the goal of this presentation is to understand and engage with a theory of evolution of leadership by women for other women in higher education. This is done in two parts. First, the presenters will introduce a theory of evolution in women’s leadership in higher education. Second, the discussion unpacks challenges women in higher education currently face with the goal of anticipating and ameliorating potential barriers for the next generation of women. By reflecting on the evolution and context of three broad generations of women leaders in higher education, participants will work to position themselves in the evolution of women in higher education and identify strategies for acting as intentional leaders, facilitating the entry of the next generation.

Participants will leave the presentation with strategies or action items they can use to facilitate the entry of the next generation of women in higher education. Undoubtedly, the future holds new challenges for women in higher education. Lets meet them head on.

This session will be presented by Sara Spiers and Sara Friedman.

Richard and Maurine Neuberger Center (RMNC), Suite 316




About Oregon Women in Higher Education:

Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) is the higher education association representing women in the state of Oregon.  Its mission is to "Inspire women to connect, grow, and lead change in higher education" and strives for "an educational, social and political climate in which diverse women benefit from the opportunities in higher education and shape the progression of their chosen field."

PSU has created a chapter on our campus in order to establish a network of peers who can support one another and work towards fulfilling OWHE's mission. Our chapter holds meet-up events throughout the year to build relationships and explore various professional development topics.