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Welcome to the University Women's Association!

The University Women's Association (UWA) seeks to stimulate, cultivate, and encourage a friendly community spirit at San Francisco State University (SFSU). We welcome all current and retired university women to participate in our events and encourage them to join our organization. The UWA has been bringing together members of the campus community since 1946. Membership is open to women faculty, staff, and administrators and/or their spouses and partners. All other individuals who support our mission, including men, are invited to join as "Friends of the UWA."

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2015 Cruise
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Who We Are and What We Do

  • Each year we organize and sponsor a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus events to bring members of the campus community together in stimulating and enjoyable settings.
  • We raise funds for the Gloria Spencer University Women's Association Scholarship Endowment Fund, and each year the UWA typically awards four or five $1,200 scholarships based on students' needs and academic achievements. Our most successful fundraising events are the UWA scholarship cruises; we have sponsored 20 cruises to date. While touring exotic and historic ports around the world we generate thousands of dollars for scholarships.
  • We provide volunteers and host the reception for the annual Undergraduate Honors Convocation, recognizing the university’s most accomplished graduating seniors.

Message from the President

Dear University Women’s Association Members and Friends,

It is hard to believe that it has been already a decade since I started my appointment at SFSU. Now Associate Professor of French and a bit more experience under my belt; I continue to be amazed at the creativity and diversity this campus has to offer. Being part of the University Women’s Association and having the honor to serve as President since 2007 have definitely been one of the highlights of my career thus far.

It has been very inspiring for me to see and experience how the UWA serves the campus community by providing such an array of activities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and express my gratitude to the executive board members (Anita Antler, Mitra Ara, Lily Gee, Ilze Goodfield, Lin Ivory, Jeanne Mangerich, Donna Ryan, Ilona Vandergriff, Arline Van Ness). It has been—and continues to be-- an insightful and productive collaboration.

The University Women’s Association is one of the oldest organizations at San Francisco State University serving not only the campus, but also the community. The activities have been varied and eventful with city walks, talks, innovative gatherings such as book and panel discussions, many on-and-off campus theater events, city tours, docent-led museum tours, etc. The UWA offers an interesting mix of traditional events such as the Holiday Luncheon, our sponsoring of Honor Convocation, and raising money for the Gloria Spencer University Women's Association Scholarship Endowment Fund thanks to membership, annual cruises and donations.

The University Women’s Association has provided a platform for many to exchange, share, express themselves, gather, discover and we hope to continue our legacy of insightful and rewarding mission. A special “Thank You” to all of our members for their continuing support through their memberships and active participation. Be posted on our upcoming events!

Best wishes and see you soon!

Bérénice Le Marchand, UWA President

  This site was updated June 2, 2014