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Gender Equity

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Gender Equity

  • The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education. A four-part structure—Women’s National Executive Council (WNEC), state-based networks, presidential sponsors, and institutional representatives—facilitates these connections, allows for the sharing of best practices, particularly at the State Coordinators’ Annual Conference, and enables local leadership training by the state networks. The ACE Women’s Network draws from the resources of ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group and provides a means for implementing a set of core principles in supporting women leaders in higher education.

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  • ACE Women’s Network

    ​The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

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ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

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Regional Women's Leadership Forum

The Regional Women’s Leadership Forums are designed for mid-level women administrators with high potential for advancement in higher education administration.

Aspiring Leaders

Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program

The ACE Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program is designed to advance mid-level leaders from diverse backgrounds into senior leadership ranks of higher education.

National Women's Leadership Forum

The National Women’s Leadership Forum is a 3-day leadership program designed for senior-level women administrators (typically deans and above) seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship.

ACE State Network Leadership Award

The award recognizes an outstanding, innovative, and visionary program sponsored by an ACE State Network or by a college or university.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership

This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.