Who are we?
The University of Venus is a collaborative venture bringing together the voices of GenX women in higher education from around the globe.
While some of us have over 20 years of work experience under our belts, we plan to work at least 40 more. We are at the third-career point – a transition point for many of us – reflecting upon where we’ve been, were we want to go and how to get there. We are the “new breed of heroes” that Tamara Erickson writes about; we are women in higher education. As GenXers, we take a multidimensional point of view. We are the first generation to embrace difference in society: racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, national, religious, and linguistic. Drawing upon our extensive networks, we will bring many voices to the conversation, highlighting higher education issues around the world.
This is the alternative university voice, the University of Venus.
- February 2010 – we launched the University of Venus blog with eight writers.
- July 2010 – we partnered with Inside Higher Ed and began blogging at University of Venus at Inside Higher Ed, where we reach over 90,000 daily readers.
- January 2011 – we were featured at Ms. Magazine - Men Are From Mars, Women Are From the University of Venus.
- May 2011 – we co-hosted a Live Talk at The Guardian UK – Promoting Women’s Leadership in Higher Ed.
- June 2011 – our executive director is invited to the Worldviews Conference for Media and Higher Education in Toronto, Canada to tell the story of University of Venus.
- June 2011 – we expanded our team of writers to 12 in the editorial collective and 5 regular contributors, representing 11 countries.
- June 2011 – our Refusing to be Silent article was published in the Views section at Inside Higher Ed and reposted at University Affairs in Canada and The Guardian in the UK
- July 2011 – we launched our partnership with The Guardian (UK), becoming a content partner with the Guardian’s Higher Education Network.
- March 2012 - UVenus was awarded for community blogging in The Education Writers Association’s annual contest.
- Read the Mission statement.
- Read the Whys of Venus.
- Find us on Inside Higher Ed.
- Check out presentations on UVenus at the Worldviews Conference for Media and Higher Education.
- Write a guest post.