Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves?
Penn's undergraduate women's groups - those dedicated specifically but not exclusively to the institutional advancement of Penn women - once engaged in woefully little collaboration. In November of 2003, then-junior Jennifer Lane sensed that the synergistic potential of these groups might be quite powerful. She undertook the task of inviting each President and Co-Chair to join the Penn Consortium of Undergraduate Women. Thanks to their enthusiasm, we now boast more than twenty members and are a thriving activist force on campus.
Since its inception, the Consortium has organized three annual Women's Weeks with its constituent groups. The first Women's Week in 2004 was entitled "Engendering Unity." In 2005, acclaimed author Naomi Wolfe came to speak about the politics of body image, while in 2006, Gloria Steinem, an influential feminist activist, spoke about the future of feminism in America. For 2007, the Consortium has invited Frances Hesselbein, chairman of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the United States of America's highest civilian honor) to be its keynote speaker. In all three years, the women's groups held very successful events of their own, which ranged from a student production of the Vagina Monologues, movie screenings, self-defense workshops, and speaker panels.
In addition to Women's Week, the Consortium has designed, developed, and printed a first-of-its-kind resource guide that caters to the needs and interests of undergraduate women. It is filled with useful information on various problems and situations that female students may need help in addressing, such how to handle sexual harassment by a TA or how to help a friend with an eating disorder. It also contains the biographies of the constituent groups in order to help undergraduate women find others with similar passions. The Consortium was greatly helped by the support from the Trustees' Council of Penn Women.
I am a senior in the College studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY. I joined PCUW two years ago as the representative for Pre-Law Women at Penn. Passionate about feminist policy, I hope to contribute to a world where women are empowered to make their own informed choices. I am extremely excited about all the good things PCUW will do this year!
I am junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Here at Penn I am studying Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies with particular interest in the politics and intricacies of Gender and Health on a global scale. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of University Relations with PCUW I work as a Residential Advisor and diversity programming coordinator in Rodin College House. I also coordinate fundraising and community service initiatives for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated (Beta Epsilon Chapter) and contribute as an editor and writer for Color's Magazine. In my free time, you can find me creatively writing, playing acoustic guitar, or hitting the basketball courts for a great workout.
Hi everyone! My name is Lakshmi Sivaguru and I'm a senior majoring in Health and Societies and minoring in International Development. I've grown up all around America, but call Phoenix, Arizona my home. I enjoy yoga, running, dancing ridiculously, and singing in the shower at the top of my lungs. Most of all, however, I am passionate about advocating for human rights both domestically and internationally.
Greetings lovers and friends! I'm Rebecca Duncan, go by Becky, and call Orlando, Florida home base. I'm a small person with big plans to conquer/save the world-- all things vaginally related. In other words, I'm pursing my B.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and following the Pre-Medicine track. I will continue schooling to become a health care practitioner of some sort with a focus in women's reproductive health. I love to cook and eat, enjoy singing at the top of my lungs, value good company, and greatly appreciate sunshine.
Hi! My name is Thi. I hail from Philadelphia and was born in a small island off of Hong Kong, but generally consider myself a child of the world. I am currently pursuing a major in political science and a minor in international development. I am also an aspiring photographer and currently photograph for Penn's fashion magazine, The WALK. I am passionate about politics, traveling, indie music, and good ethnic food.
Hey there! My name is Lizzy and I hail from the great state of Massachusetts. I'm a sophomore in the College double majoring in Fine Arts and Computer Science. I'm super excited to be part of with PCUW this year, making Penn a space for women to unite, excel, and thrive. I'm an artist, a loud and proud feminist, and a shameless nerd. My idea of heaven on earth is a steaming cup of tea, a knitting project, and an endless supply of British television.
Hello! My name is Cait Breslin and I am a sophomore in the College, studying the Biological Basis of Behavior and minoring in Hispanic Studies. I am a proud Philadelphia native and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to study at Penn and meet all of you wonderful people! After graduation I'd like to join the Peace Corps or do Teach for America. After, I plan to attend medical school. I'd love to an obstetrician/gynecologist and be able to support women in what is one of the most amazing experiences in life. I love meeting new people, having stimulating conversations, learning new things, and dancing in an odd fashion. I'm always here to support any girls who need help on campus or who just want to talk, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Have a wonderful day :)
The Penn Consortium of Undergraduate Women seeks to enact the systemic change necessary for the unbridled self-actualization of PennŐs female students, faculty, and staff. We will always do our part to establish the institutional infrastructure within which women are empowered to reach their potential. We will take gender equity seriously, and will welcome the day that women ascend their own personal and professional ladders free of self-doubt and full of self-esteem.