Academic Women's Forum


All faculty, academic staff, post-docs, librarians and graduate students who identify as women are cordially invited to participate in the MSU Academic Women's Forum. The forum has been created to provide a safe-space to connect, build community and explore issues that are relevant to the success, support and empowerment of academic women at Michigan State University.

Academic Women's Forum programs and seminars are open to all. 

Current Events

Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Thriving as an Academic Woman (Register for this seminar here:
3:30-5:00 p.m. Chittenden Hall, Room 110
Gear up for a new academic year by connecting with women across campus. Regardless of your field of study or position on campus, this panel discussion will be sure to inspire. Participants will learn about the art of "leading up," or how to get buy-in from the top; microaggressions and what to do when you encounter or experience them in the workplace; and thriving as an academic woman, even on the days when you might feel like an imposter in academia. 
Panelists include: Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews, Assistant Dean, College of Education; Dr. Sonja Fritzsche, Chair of the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages; and Dr. Kelly Millenbah, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017: Social/Happy Hour (RSVP to Lydia at
5:30pm-6:30pm - Pizza House (4790 S Hagadorn Road, East Lansing)
Join the Academic Women's Forum for a laid-back time for socializing and connecting with other academic women. This is a great opportunity for networking.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Value Guided Action (Register for this seminar here:
3:30-5:00 p.m. Chittenden Hall, Room 110
Sometimes, when life is coming at you, fast and furious, we can be tempted to take what seems like the easiest way forward in the moment. We procrastinate, hesitate to use our voice, numb our feelings, and even camp out in Netflix for the whole weekend. How do we keep going? How do we decide to use our time/energy/resources in service to our core values? It is easier to help yourself be brave or dedicated to a cause in the moment if you are clear about what matters most and you have the skills to notice and align with your values on a day-to-day basis. Come explore ways to live your academic life with value-guided, committed action. 
Presenter: Lisa Laughman, Employee Assistance Program/Health4U.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Leveraging Connections: Building Your Network Roadmap (Register for this seminar here: 
3:30-5:00 p.m. Chittenden Hall, Room 110

Mentoring is one of the key components for promoting career success. It has been increasingly recognized as a bilateral exchange between a mentee and a network of mentors, with one of the primary goals being to increase the knowledge, skills and strategic moves of mentees in preparation for and advancement in current or future professional objectives. We will discuss the importance of constructing one’s personal mentoring roadmap and also provide guidance in initiating this mapping process. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the role of mentoring in their own careers and professional development, to begin drafting a personal mentoring roadmap, and to expand their appreciation for the potential efficacy of engaging a mentoring roadmap tool in their careers.
Presenter: Dr. Beronda Montgomery, Academic Advancement Network Node Leader & MSU Foundation Professor.

To download an accessible flyer for the Fall 2017 seminars, please click here

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The forum is co-sponsored by the MSU WorkLife Office, Office of the University Physician-Employee Assistance Program & Health4U, Academic Advancement Network, and Graduate Life & Wellness.