Network Empowering Women

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The Network Empowering Women (NEW) works to examine, amplify, address, and improve issues affecting women on SIU’s Carbondale campus, including issues connected to the greater southern Illinois community. NEW brings attention to challenges such as campus climate, institutional barriers, and gender disparities, and recommends actions toward alleviating these challenges.

Additionally, NEW organizes professional development and networking opportunities for women, supports partner groups, and engages in community-building activities. NEW recognizes the systemic and intersecting marginalization experienced by women of color, women with disabilities, LGBQ women, and other subordinated positionalities. Moreover, NEW welcomes transgender women and nonbinary people as part of the group.

Would you like to join us?

If you’d like to learn more about or become a member of NEW, check out one of our monthly meetings. Email Gena Albert for more information.

Resources for Women


  1. Sponsor programming for the ongoing education and development of SIU faculty and staff.
  2. Create and support programming for all, but especially girls and women, from the community and region, at SIU.
  3. Facilitate opportunities for professional advancement for women through research, publications, and engagement with professional organizations.
  4. Raise awareness about employee resources, support the recruitment and retention of employees, and advocate for equity in employment policies and procedures.

2023-2024 Network Empowering Women Executive Committee

Chair: Gena Albert
Associate Dean of Students and Director of First Year Experience, Student Affairs,

Chair-elect: Bethany Peppers
Assistant Director, Office of Student Engagement,

Treasurer: Rita Medina
Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention, Exploratory Student advisement,

Secretary: Sherrica Hunt
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; SIU Foundation,

Standing position for Women’s Resource Center Coordinator: vacant

Standing position for Faculty Ombudsperson: Michelle Kibby, Professor, School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences,

Members at Large: