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Dixie State University

DSU to Host Annual UWHEN Conference

April 1, 2015


Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Dixie State University will welcome over 250 women from across the state as the host of the Fourth-Annual Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) spring conference this Thursday and Friday, April 16-17.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Elemental Women: Defining Space, Creating Change,” will address how women in higher education meet the challenges and opportunities they face in navigating career paths, while providing tools and information to help them more effectively lead and build influence in their workplaces, communities and beyond.

“Inspired by the dramatic southern Utah landscape, this year’s conference is designed to highlight the powerful force that results when the elemental strengths of individuals come together to create change,” says Shirlayne Quayle, 2014-15 UWHEN Chair and DSU Career Center Assistant Director for Employer Relations.

The conference begins Thursday with an evening reception and special screening of the documentary film “Solar Mamas,” which was featured at the 2014 DOCUTAH festival held at DSU. Friday’s full slate of activity is highlighted by an opening keynote to be delivered by new Salt Lake Community College President Dr. Deneece Huftalin, in addition to a number of breakout session topics held at the Gardner Center and Holland Centennial Commons. For a complete listing of the conference schedule, please visit

UWHEN is part of a national group of networks that carry on the work of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network. Created in 2010, UWHEN has served as a resource for women in Utah who would like to develop leadership skills and advance their careers in higher education.

This week’s conference is one of several events hosted annually by the network. Other events include regional workshops, leadership development trainings and campus-specific activities. For additional information about UWHEN’s mission and resources, please visit