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Women's Coalition (University of Denver) Records

Identifier: U313


The University of Denver Women's Coalition is comprised of various women's groups across campus. The collection consists of the records of the Coalition and its member groups.


  • 1997 - Present


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Biographical / Historical

The University of Denver Women's Coalition was founded in 1997, developing from the efforts of the 1995 Women's Fall Renewal Conference and recommendations made by Robin Morgan, the Leo Block Professor of 1996-1997. The first six (6) women's groups to comprise the Coalition were: the Women's Leadership Council (WLC); Faculty Women's Association (FWA); Women Advocating Change (WAC); Staff Women's Association and Network (SWAN); Graduate Women's Council (GWC); and the Undergraduate Women's Council (UWC). Though the coalition identified women's issues and created task forces and networks, the lack of leadership stabiilty decreased their momentum until 2005. However, in 2008, the recession caused members to lose their positions. Theresa Hernandez assumed the position of Chair of the Women's Coalition following Meg Steiz's departure from the University of Denver. During Hernandez's tenure, the coalition's partnerships expanded, there was more collaboration with other groups and organizations on campus, and emphasis was placed on alliances and sponsorship. During Fall 2009, an analysis of institutional data on women was initiated by the Office of the Provost in order to compare information to peer institutions. The Women's Coalition groups collaborated to foster dicussion and work towards equity at the University of Denver. Funding requests by Hernandez were sent to the Office of the Provost and approved. In 2013, Hernandez's proposal for a more sustainable and accountable organization structure for the coalition was received and, under the leadership of Johanna Leyba and the Office of Inclusive Exellence, was placed into a divisional reporting structure. This made the Chair an appointed staff member's job, whereas it was an unpaid position before. Emerging out of the 2013 Women's Leadership Council, a Status of Women Tast Force was established which extended its scope of work to include People of Color and other marginalized groups at the University of Denver. In 2017, the Women's Coalition moved under the leadership of the Dean of the Women's College. The intent is to have the Women's College be the permanent, physical location for the Coalition.


1 Linear Feet (1 record box)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes meeting minutes and agendas, documentation, reports, historical papers, and other documents from the constituent groups, the Coalition, and events it sponsored.


This collection is arranged into 12 series: Series 1 - Women's Coalition History and Documentation; Series 2 - Women's Conference; Series 3 - Women's Leadership Council; Series 4 - Faculty Women's Council; Series 5 - Women Advocating Change; Series 6 - Staff Women Association and Network; Series 7 - Graduate Women's Council; Series 8 - Undergraduate Women's Council; Series 9 - Connecting Staff Women/Women's staff Alliance for Networking and Development; Series 10 - Association of Sisters in Higher Education; Series 11 - Status of Women and People of Color Working Group; Series 12 - Hermanes Latinas.

Related Materials

Sistah Network is also a member group of the Women's Coalition. Their records may be found in this resource: Sistah Network Records, U324

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