Human Resources

UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development

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UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is an experiential professional development program offered to mid-career women faculty, academic personnel and staff who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC.

UCI has 12 spaces to allocate for the 2020 winter/spring cohorts.

NOTE: The UC WI program is focused on women's professional development, and the target audience is early to mid-career professionals; this is a different program from the UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative and the UCI-CORO Faculty Leadership Collaborative.

Nomination Process

  • Applicants must complete the UCI 2020 UCWI Nomination Form
  • Submit completed UCI 2020 UCWI Nomination Forms to
  • UCI 2020 UCWI Nomination Forms must be submitted by the listed due date. Late nominations and nominations submitted via UCOP's UCWI form will not be considered.
  • Selected participants and alternates will be notified mid-October

Completing the Nomination Form

The nomination form requires the following information:

  • Nominator's name, title, and contact information
  • Nominee's name, working title, department, Employee ID, type, and contact information
  • Chartstring for $1,925 participation fee*
  • Written endorsement/support from supervisor or chair/division chief. Please address each of the following areas:
    • How the UC WI program will support the nominee's professional development and how she will contribute as a cohort member
    • Specific examples of how the nominee is a good candidate for the program, including key accomplishments
    • How the nominee's participation will support broader departmental or organizational goals
    • Whether the nominee participated in another leadership/professional development program (at UCI or UCOP)

*In addition to the participation fee, the participant's department is responsible for travel-related costs.

New for 2019

UC Systemwide Human Resources is changing the UCWI program nomination timing to better align with the academic calendar. Fall 2019 nominations are for two Southern California cohorts only, which will be held in the winter and spring of 2020. Nominations will be accepted in March 2020 for cohorts to be held during the 2020-21 academic year.

UCI has 12 spaces to allocate for the 2020 winter/spring cohorts; nominees are encouraged to consider if participating during the 2020-21 academic year will meet their needs because the selection process for winter/spring 2020 (underway through October 4, 2019) is expected to be especially competitive due to the smaller number of spots.