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UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

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


Online applications for campus employees are due by Friday, March 22, 2024 at 12 p.m., and applicants will be contacted in late April. 

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Program Overview

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.

The UC Women's Initiative schedule coincides with UC’s academic/fiscal calendar, with the nomination process running February 26 - March 22, 2024. The 2024-2025 program is planned to be offered virtually at this time.  Space is limited and an application is required.

The 2024-2025 program includes:

  • Program fee of $1,287.50 per participant
  • Virtual program delivery
  • This experience will cultivate a professional network, explore diverse leadership approaches, and provide practice with a range of professional development tools.

To learn more about the program, visit the UC Women’s Initiative page on the UC Office of the President website and review the Frequently Asked Questions and Program Information and Nomination Process.

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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

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. 
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

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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 can submit their applications using this Qualtrics survey.

  • It is recommended you collect the application materials before beginning the submission process as it is most efficient to complete an application within a single session.
    • Email or Word documents work well for this; PDF documents can be more challenging for pasting text.
  • Preview the application components and questions online.

Applications for campus employees are due by Friday, March 22 at 12 p.m., and applicants will be contacted in late April. 

For questions regarding the local UC WI application process for Health/Health Sciences employees  submit a request to Health HR Learning and Organization Effectiveness via the portal.

Participant Costs

  • The $1,287.50 participant fee covers virtual program delivery and all program resources, tools and support.
  • Upon return to the preferred, in-person delivery method, we expect the fee to increase to $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 participant fee and participant travel expenses
Please note: The information on this page is for UC San Diego campus employees. UC San Diego Health and Health Sciences employees can submit a request to Health HR Learning and Organization Effectiveness via the portal.
If you have questions about applying for the UC WI, contact Kim Greene in Staff Learning and Development.