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UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

Learn more about applying for the the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development.

The UC Women’s Initiative (UC WI) is a professional development program designed to help woman-identified professionals advance in their UC careers. Participants represent faculty, academic personnel and staff, people managers and non-people managers. The program is committed to enabling the full participation, success, and advancement of woman-identified professionals at the University, and all who support this mission are invited to apply.

UC San Diego is currently accepting applications from campus employees for the 2021-2022 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development, with 12 spaces in total to fill for the 2021-22 virtual cohorts, along with 6 alternates. 

Applications must be submitted online by Monday, April 26 at 12 p.m.

Program Overview

The UC WI schedule coincides with UC’s academic/fiscal calendar, with the nomination and selection process running March through May 2021. The program is planned to be offered completely virtually at this time, due to remote work requirements.

The 2021/2022 program includes:

The Ideal Candidate for this Program

Meets Systemwide Criteria:

  • Is mid-career faculty, academic personnel and staff from campuses, health centers, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Office of the President
  • Has demonstrated potential for advancement
  • Supports woman-identified professionals and seeks to learn concepts that improve their effectiveness at work and hear about the career journeys of established UC leaders

Meets UC San Diego Campus Criteria: 

  • Applicants selected as alternates in prior years will be given first consideration
  • Right time in the applicant's development to impact their own career and UC San Diego
  • Evidence of capacity to "pay it forward" to the organization and their communities
  • Represents the diversity at UC San Diego, including different areas of campus and faculty, academic personnel and staff

Program Participation Expectations

Participants in the UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development are expected to:

  • Participate fully - the UC Women’s Initiative is experiential and relies heavily on full participant contribution
  • Attend all program sessions in their entirety (locations will be charged for participants who do not complete the program)
  • Complete Pre-Work and Pre-Program Survey before the first day of their assigned cohort
  • Complete up to 2 hours of additional work assigned between program sessions

The 2021-2022 UC WI schedule is outlined on page 3 of the Program Information and Nomination Process.

Participant Costs

  • The $1050 participant fee covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support.
    • The fee is the same as the previous year’s virtual program.
  • Upon return to the preferred, in-person delivery method, we expect the fee to increase to its original $1950 per participant or higher, based on the cost of in-person delivery
  • Travel and other expenses for in-person deliveries of the program are the responsibility of the individual participant’s location
  • By nominating and selecting an individual, the location is agreeing to payment of the $1050 participant fee and participant travel expenses

Application Requirements

How does the application work? 
Applicants must submit all required application materials.  Applicants can submit their own materials or someone else can submit the materials on their behalf (including the personal essays written by the applicant) provided supervisor approval is confirmed. All applications are due by 12 noon on April 26, and applicants will be contacted by late May. 
UC San Diego submits the list of participants and alternates for the year to Systemwide HR who will then be in contact with participants for their selection into cohorts and runs all program details from that point forward. 
Application materials include: 
  1. Endorsement by supervisor, department head or vice chancellor to confirm time and funding approval
  2. At least one letter of support
    • Any individual who is in a position to evaluate the applicant's work and professional development is invited to write a letter of support.  The letter should address the prompt listed below.  One letter is required.  Additional letters may be submitted.
    • The following is to be addressed in the letter of support:
      • Why do you think the applicant should participate in UCWI?
      • How might the applicant benefit from the program?
      • How will the applicant's UCWI participation positively impact UC San Diego and our communities? 
  3. Two short essay answers (500 words maximum per question) written by the applicant
    • In 500 words or less: Why is this the right time in your professional development to participate in the UC Women's Initiative?
    • In 500 words or less: How do you anticipate being able to positively impact UC San Diego and our communities as a result of this program? 

4) FAU or Financial Chart String

Preview the application form

Application Review

The review committee will review all applications for the following: 

  • What is the compelling case for why the applicant should participate in the program, specifically why at this point in their career? 
  • Is it clear how the applicant will benefit from participation in the program? 
  • How will participation in the program help the applicant contribute to UC San Diego and their communities? 

How to Apply

  • UC San Diego Campus employees submit their applications using the following Qualtrics survey.
  • Please prepare materials to be pasted into the fields (email or word documents work well for this; PDF documents can be more challenging for pasting text).
  • You can preview the application components and questions online.
  • It is recommended you collect the application materials before beginning the submission process as applications must be completed in a single session.
  • All applications are due by 12 noon on April 26, and applicants will be contacted by late May.
If you have questions about applying for the UC WI, contact Kim Greene in Staff Education & Development.