Partners in Science: Colorado Women’s College & Femme in STEM

The Femme in STEM team is excited to now be working in partnership with the Colorado Women’s College (CWC) at the University of Denver. The CWC has a long history of supporting the advancement of women and girls in Colorado dating back to 1888. Though it operated as an independent entity focused on being the Vassar of the West for over 90 years, the CWC became formally affiliated with the University of Denver in 1982.

In February of 2015 the Colorado Women’s College announced to its community that, as a result of declining interest in its academic program, the college would be changing and reimagining how to continue to fulfill its mission to educate and empower women. At the time, there were just 152 students enrolled in the program.  CWC ceased admitting new students that year, and issued its final degrees at the end of the 2016 academic year. In the Fall of 2016, the 60 remaining CWC students transferred to University College, the college of professional and continuing studies at the University of Denver, for working adults.

CWC is now continuing as the Colorado Women’s College Collaboratory, with a focus on gender equity, leadership, and advancement for women and girls that encompasses the whole of DU, as well as local and national partnerships. As part of this new vision to be a global leader in advancing women in the 21st century through transformative education, leadership development, public good work, and research, the CWC has agreed to continue the Femme in STEM program as part of their emphasis on STEM initiatives within their 2017 Strategic Plan.

To learn more about the Colorado Women’s College and all of their wonderful work, see here.


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