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The Souza Center's New Womxn's Leadership Program! EMPOWER!

February 4, 2020

The Souza Leadership Center is excited to announce the launching of our new Womxn's leadership program!! EMPOWER

EMPOWER: Womxn's Leadership Development Program is a 6-week leadership training development for UC Merced Students who identify as womxn. Participants of this program will learn the challenges and successful strategies of womxn in leadership. Participants will hear from local female leaders on how they overcame challenges, as well as the importance of developing your leadership skills.

Topics covered include (but are not limited to): 21st Century Leadership Skills, Communicating with Confidence, Choosing Roles that Showcase Your Skills, Overcoming Gender Differences & Gender Bias in Leadership, and Creating Your Leadership Action Plan. 

Participants will learn the importance of community-building and supporting each other through this 6-week program. Join us! Registration is now open!


  • UC Merced Student who identifites as Women/Womxn
  • Must attend all 6 sessions
  • Questions? Email Jess Evora at 

Program Details

Wednesdays, 6p - 7:30pm | COB2 290
March 11th - April 29th  (no session on March 25th due to Spring Break; no session on April 22nd)

Please Note: 

  • We do ask that you arrive on time at 6pm and plan to stay until 7:30pm. If you have any concerns about this, please feel free to contact Jess Evora
  • April 29th's Closing Session will run 2 hours (6p - 8p)

Why the "x" in Womxn? 

"Like women, womxn refers to females, but it is an attempt to get away from patriarchal language. Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance, fellow at King's College London, said the spelling "stems from a longstanding objection to the word woman as it comes from man, and the linguistic roots of the word mean that it really does come from the word man. The word is also supposed to be inclusive of trans women, and some non-binary people." - BBC News


If you have questions about EMPOWER, or have trouble registering: Contact Jess Evora