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.

We are accepting new members for 2022-2023! Please apply to join the CCW Executive Committee here by June 3rd.

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.


Waymaking Women in Times of Crisis: Showing Up for Community Care  
Thursday, October 7 


Building your Path as a Future Leader
Tuesday, November 16 


Untamed Book Club 

Wednesday, January 26 


Open Conversation with the Office of Gender Equity 

Tuesday, February 8


Negotiation Workshop with Monica Giannone (HKS)


Glass Half-Broken: Shattering the Barriers That Still Hold Women Back at Work Book Talk with author Colleen Ammerman (HBS) | April 7, noon-1 PM
click here to register for the book talk

Second Annual StorySlam  | POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2022


poster with photos of two women

Waymaking Women: Making Waves and Traversing the Waters of the World – A Conversation Between LaTosha Brown and Yulin Cruz 
May 11, noon-1:30 PM 


Maggie Gates (FAS)
Akiesha Ortiz (HKS)
Katie Connors (AA&D, on leave until October 2022)
Sabrina Taileb-Houmel (HSPH)
Deborah Porter (HMS)
Helen Fowowe (HSPH)
Sylvie Papazian (FAS)
Sherrie Green (HBS)
Rachelle Walsh (HKS)
Blair Kahn (HBS)
Anna Sangalang (AA&D)
Tycie Coppett (HGSE)
Esther Weathers (HGSD)
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