The Women's Network at VCU
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Women's Network at VCU

The Women’s Network at VCU is part of a larger organization called the Virginia Network.  In 1977, Virginia was one of 12 states that participated in the American Council on Education—Office of Women in Higher Education’s National Identification Program, designed to promote the advancement of women in higher education.  The program has expanded and changed its vision and scope, and incorporated two more name changes, over the last 30 years, but Virginia has remained committed to the OWHE goals.  In 1999, the Virginia program, in accordance with a national-level name change, became the Virginia Network. The Virginia Network became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2010.

The Virginia Network is designed to promote women's leadership in higher education and society; to create an educational, social, and political climate in which women can participate equally with men; to facilitate connections among women in various sectors with shared goals; and to foster strategic alliances and facilitate effective partnerships between women and men in the workplace. For more information about the ACE Virginia Network please visit their website at

The mission of the Virginia Network is to identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education at the national, state, and local levels. The Virginia Network is coordinated by a statewide Executive Board. Local networks at individual universities and colleges are coordinated by Institutional Representatives (IRs).

The state coordinator for the Virginia Network Executive Board is:

Amy K. Springer Hartsell
Assistant Dean/Coordinator of Student Success
Undergraduate Academic Dean's Office
Eastern Mennonite University