Committee on the Concerns of Women (CCW)

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 

Waymaking Women in Times of Crisis: Showing Up for Community Care  
Thursday, October 7 | 12pm - 1:30pm | Register here


Building your Path as a Future Leader
Tuesday, November 16 | 9:30am - 11am | Register here


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Executive Committee 2021-2022

Chairs - Maggie Gates (FAS), Akiesha Ortiz (HKS)

Communication - Katherine Connors (AA&D), Priti Thareja (HSPH), Sabrina Taileb-Houmel (HSPH), Surabhi Chatterjee (CWD), Deborah Porter (HMS), Helen Fowowe (HSPH)

Operations - Rachelle Walsh (HKS), Michelle Goldberg (HDS), Blair Kahn (HBS)

Outreach - Anna Sangalang (AA&D), Tycie Coppett (HGSE), Esther Weathers (HGSD), Liudmyla Goncharenko (HBS), Cristin Martineau (HSPH), Angela Alberti (HMS), Natascha Saunders (HKS)



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