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Colorado Women's College


Chambers Center


Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver hosts and participates in a variety of events that focus on the advancement of women and girls. Many of our events are free and/or open to the public.

Leadership Salons:   A platform where women thought leaders from DU, and the local community, lead conversation and commentary centered on the great issues of the day and their impact on women.

Art Exhibits:   Artwork by local, regional and national female artists can be displayed on the walls of the Hirschfeld Gallery, which is housed on the main floor of the Chambers Center. Many times, exhibitions follow our overall focus on the advancement of women.

Special Events and Opportunities:   From time to time, CWC hosts events to celebrate special occasions and recognize and honor students, alumnae, donors and members of the community. 

Student-Only Events:   CWC hosts a variety of educational and engaging events and activities for DU students.

Upcoming Events

 CWC Alumnae & Friends Spring Reception -- April 25, 2018 -- 6-8pm

Please join CWC Dean Ann Ayers for an CWC alumnae and friends reception!  This reception is an opportunity to honor our CWC alumnae, and to share cherished memories of your time at CWC as well as celebrating the generosity of our many donors. Explore CWC memorabilia, exchange stories and experiences, and take home a special gift.    

Location:  Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, Garden Room

Click here to register.

We Matter Too Campaign, End-of-Project Gala -- May 25, 2018 -- 6pm

Join the We Matter Too Campaign and Dry Bones for an end-of-project gala that will celebrate the involvement and contribution of an amazing group of artists -- homeless youth -- who will be sharing photography, art, written word, and spoken word. The performances and products on display highlight the art and creative expression of all forms from the youth.   

The We Matter Too Campaign is a partners-in-community-service project that was created in a leadership class as part of the Colorado Women's College Leadership Scholars Program.  Since November 2017, CWC Scholars have been working closely with Dry Bones, a homeless youth drop-in organization in Denver.  These partners identified a need for homeless youth to have a creative outlet and to form an identity.   Join us to experience the outcome of this partnership!

Location: Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women 

Recent Events


HerDU 2018: Unite Our Voices, Experience & Action -- April 20, 2018 

The CWC-hosted HerDU 2018 -- the 23rd annual DU women's conference -- was a day of courageous conversations, inspiration, interactive experiences, connections and learning, during what has become a watershed moment in our country for issues facing women in the workplace.  With over 350 participants, HerDU 2018: Uniting Our Voice, Experience and Action  focused on unity, empathy, and inclusion of communities and allies.   Click here  for more information.



LUNAFEST film festival-- March 29, 2018 lunafest
CWC celebrated Women's History Month by hosting our 3rd annual LUNAFEST, short films by, for, and about women.   Proceeds benefitted the CWC Women's Leadership Scholars Program, providing leadership education and scholarships to DU women who are first-generation college students, as well as Chicken 7 Egg Productions, supporting women filmmakers.  We were delighted that LUNAFEST was, for the first time ever, closed captioned for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community, at CWC's request.   LUNA supports our commitment to inclusive excellence!

"The Mask You Live In" Denver screening -- February 5, 2018

CWC partnered with Rocky Mountain Public Media for a free screening and discussion of "The Mask You Live In" at the Sie Center.

"The Mask You Live In" explores how our cultural definitions of masculinity itself may be a key component driving the proliferation of harassment against women. The screening was followed by a moderated discussion, featuring DU Professor Dr. Lindsey Feitz, Director of Gender & Women's Studies, about how harassment is affecting our community.


Free Work Smart salary negotiation workshops for women!WorkSmart logo

AAUW's Work Smart workshop was hosted by CWC, with 3 free sessions sponsored by LUNA.  

• Saturday, October 28, 10am-12:30pm (brunch provided) 
• Thursday, November 2, 6:30-9pm (dinner provided) 
• Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-9pm (dinner provided)

White women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what white men are paid, a gap of 20 percent — and it's even worse for women of color.   Work Smart participants learned:
• About the gender pay gap, including its personal consequences;
• How to quantify and articulate their value;
• How to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary; and
• How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers.


DU Women's Professional Alliance

Business Women

Leveraging Professional & Community Organizations - One of the best ways to not only advance in your career, but also to grow personally, is through membership in professional and community organizations. Not just a nice bullet point on your resume, these groups can provide you with unique access to job opportunities, professional development and community.  Participants talked about how to find the right organization and make the most of your membership.   Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8:00pm

Management Tips for Professional Women - While most women agree that there need to be more women in leadership positions or traditionally underrepresented industries, many disagree about the appropriate leadership styles for women. We heard from women at all levels on how to best partner with other female coworkers and support women across the workplace.  Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00pm 


DU Women: One-DU Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy (September 12, 2017)cover

CWC hosted a lunch discussion on the One-DU book Hillbilly Elegy.   Associate Provost Jennifer Karas, who helped organize the One-DU reading initiative, served as discussion leader for this engaging and thought-provoking session.   


CWC Summer Graduation Celebration (August 16, 2017)

Summer 2017 graduates

CWC hosted a celebration of the Class of 2017 summer graduates here at the Chambers Center on August 16th.   Friends, family, and current and former faculty and staff joined together to honor our graduating students and recognize their accomplishments.  

Representatives of the Colorado Women's College Alumnae Association (CWCAA) were also on hand to induct the graduates into the Alumnae Association.



"A Woman's View" by Laura Phelps Rogers, July 6th -- August 15th, 2017

Women's WorkThis exhibition brought together an anthology of work from an assortment of Laura's exhibitions addressing women's roles and the ever-changing landscape of how those roles are interpreted.  Laura ponders historical roles through her multi-disciplinary approach and contemporary lens. 

Former exhibition titles include A Woman's Work is Never Done, Wash Rinse Repeat, More than One Tough Chick, and Home Economics.


Femme in STEM (May 13, 2017)

logoDozens of girls from 20 schools across the Denver metro area gathered at DU's Colorado Women's College on May 13 for a fun-filled day of science learning and exploration.

The event, called Femme in STEM, is the brainchild of a group of five DU alumnae from the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics who were alarmed by the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Research shows that girls are equally as interested in STEM subjects as boys early on, but that this interest declines significantly around junior high.

"We want to help mend the leaky pipeline," says Faith Lierheimer, a master's student in the Department of Biological Sciences who helped launch the group while she was an undergraduate. "We're missing out on a chunk of brainpower that could advance science in ways that we can't imagine."

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Exhibit:  "Celebrating Colorado Women and their Extraordinary Stories"  (April-June 2017)

MontageThis portrait exhibit featured all 152 CO Women's Hall of Fame inductees, with biographical information and highlights of their impact on Colorado and the world.  The exhibit was on display at three University of Denver campus locations:

  • Anderson Academic Commons
  • Bonfils Stanton Music Library
  • Colorado Women's College at the Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women