Charter

Adopted August 12, 2019

Mission

The University of California Women in Technology Committee (UC WIT) is a self-chartered, independent entity that promotes a supportive, inclusive environment to advance the professional goals and aspirations of UC women in technology. To fulfill this mission, the committee pursues initiatives at the universitywide level, leveraging and supporting the work of location-based Women in Technology (WIT) committees and partnering with other leadership and systemwide committees.

Key Goals

In support of its mission, the UC WIT engages in the following:

  • Systemwide action. Provides a global, universitywide perspective of WIT issues, serves as a resource for other leadership groups, and works collaboratively across UC locations to build a strong ecosystem of women in technology.
  • Change initiatives. Advances an agenda, including initiatives and events, to promote an inclusive environment and ensure fair and equal access to opportunities for women.
  • Intercampus exchange. Communicates and shares ideas, strategies, resources, and models among the location-based WIT committees, leveraging the contributions of local teams for the benefit of the systemwide community.
  • Awareness and solutions. Raises awareness about and addresses disparities and inappropriate action that occurs to the detriment of women; engages with and recommends solutions to senior leadership.
  • Professional development. Provides opportunities for women to network and receive support for professional advancement.

Membership

  • The UC WIT is composed of volunteers from all UC locations, representing various departments and positions within the technology function.
  • The UC WIT membership is composed of up to four representatives from each location-based committee. If a location does not have a local WIT committee, up to four volunteers from that location may serve on the UC WIT.
  • Each location determines for itself who will serve on the UC WIT and how long representatives should serve on the UC WIT. Optimally, membership changes to give more women the opportunity to serve, although members should be prepared to commit to a minimum of one year’s service.
  • Members are responsible for sharing information between the location-based and systemwide committees.

Governance Structure

The committee is governed through an executive committee, composed of a chair, who formally sets agendas and assigns responsibilities, and a co-chair, who consults with and supports the chair and takes meeting notes. The chair and co-chair volunteer for the positions, and are approved by a vote of the membership participating in the meeting when the vote takes place. The positions rotate every year, with the co-chair assuming the position of chair in year two. Meetings of the whole committee are held monthly via Zoom. Committee members submit agenda items to the chair for inclusion in upcoming meetings. Initiatives and actions are determined through discussion and consensus reached by the members participating in a meeting. The committee reviews and, as needed, updates the charter on an annual basis, when the new chair and co-chair assume their roles.

Communication Plan 

The membership communicates via 

  • Listserv – ucwitsystemwide-l@ucop.edu. This listserv is restricted to UC WIT members only.
  • Box – UC Women in IT folder. This folder is used for meeting notes and other shared documentation of the UC WIT committee.
  • Slack – #women_in_tech. This channel in the Slack UCTech workspace is open to anyone at UC.
  • UC IT Blog. Membership takes advantage of the systemwide UC IT Blog to promote initiatives and events.