Committee on the Concerns of Women

The Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard

The Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard (CCW) is a University-wide group, open to all faculty and staff. We strive to improve the professional and academic experiences of women at Harvard and provide opportunities to learn and network on campus through an annual calendar of events. We also provide leadership opportunities through service on our Executive Committee. You do not have to be a member to attend our events. You may subscribe to the CCW Newsletter here.

Our mission is to improve professional and academic experiences for all women at Harvard while celebrating their successes big and small. Women make up a large and important constituency of the University, and the Committee will work to identify women’s concerns within the workplace and address them through education, dialogue, community, and collective action.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide a platform for women to create sustainable professional networks and to foster career development
  • Identify and give prominence to women’s issues at Harvard, including gender diversity and inclusivity, by communicating women’s concerns with university leadership
  • Provide a safe space for women to share their concerns
  • Promote a supportive working environment for women at the university
  • Recognize and promote diversity of gender and identity, inclusivity, and intersectionality in academic and work environments at Harvard and collaborate with other groups across the university

Please read our Charter for more information about the mission and vision of CCW.

October: Fall Kickoff - Working through uncertain times

October 22, 2020 

November: CCW Conversation - Personal Resilience

November 18, 2020 

December: CCW Journaling Session

December 18, 2020 

January: CCW Mindfulness Meditation

January 26, 2021  

February: CCW & JCSW Conversation with Susan Ifill and Ra'Shaun Nalls

Feb 11, 2021 


Building Community Remotely: A Panel with the Virtual Harvard Staff Art Show Organizers

March 8, 2021

Unpacking weight bias in the workplace

March 16, 2021 

April: StorySlam Event

April 1 

May: CCW Year End Event A Conversation with United States Congresswoman Lori Trahan

May 13, 2021


Executive Committee 2020-2021

Chair - Surabhi Chatterjee (CWD)

Communication - Katherine Connors (AA&D), Angela Alberti (HMS), Laura Godwin (HGSE), Veronica Santana (SEAS), Priti Thareja (HSPH), Sabrina Taileb-Houmel (HSPH)

Operations - Rachelle Walsh (HKS), Courtney Howard (SPH), Emily Ronald (OPP)

Outreach - Anna Sangalang (AA&D), Kristen Rae (HBS), Maggie Gates (FAS), Akiesha Ortiz (HKS), Tycie Coppett (HGSE), Esther Weathers (HGSD)

We are all troubled by the current violence and oppression in our country. If you'd like to help, here are a few resources: 

A comprehensive list of ways to get involved and donate (domestic and international)

A list of resources for support and ally education that is updated in real time:

Local and National Organizations:


Read about past CCW events:
Fall Kickoff FY17-18: A Conversation With Katie Lapp
Unconscious Bias
Authenticity Leadership
Hidden Rules
Proposal for Promoting Gender Equity in the Classroom at Harvard College