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SWIFT: Supporting Women in Forestry Today

SWIFT is a group of women and allies in the School of Forest Resources committed to advancing opportunities for women in the field of forestry. Our goal is to provide practical, positive, solutions-focused meetings that provide formal and informal support. Ultimately we are fostering a community atmosphere that can serve to encourage and empower women in forestry to succeed.

SWIFT Calendar 2020

Fall Semester 2020

SWIFT Undergraduate Student Meet & Greet – Friday, Sept 25 at 10:00 am on Zoom
All undergrad SWIFTers are welcome to join this informal event! Come meet new classmates, connect with old classmate, and learn more about SWIFT!

SWIFT Bonfire – Friday, Oct 2 at 7:00 pm between Nutting & Libby Halls
UPDATE – This event will be held Friday, Oct 2 at 5:00 pm, at the green behind the library
An all-SWIFT, socially-distanced social gathering!

Chainsaw Practice and Information Session – Saturday, Oct 31 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, outside Perkins Hall
A favorite SWIFT tradition! An all-SWIFT event for those who would like hands-on instruction and practice using a chainsaw in a supportive, safety-focused environment. No experience required.

Being Safe in the Woods – Thursday, Nov 19 at 12:30 pm on Zoom
An all-SWIFT event where we’ll discuss gender-specific safety issues relevant to working in the field.

Being an Ally in the Woods – Date in Dec TBD on Zoom
A SWIFT and Allies event open to everyone in SFR! We will follow up on our Being Safe in the Woods event with a discussion about how allies can respond to gender-specific workplace safety issues.

We have regular meetings, open to all who identify as women or non-binary or to everyone in the SFR – undergrads, graduate students, researchers, staff, and faculty – to discuss relevant topics, to hear from guest speakers, and to provide a safe place to learn and grow. Our goal is to provide a mix of time to socialize and get to know each other, learn new concepts through seminars, offer brainstorming sessions that allow us to develop strategies, and time in the field to explore what we all love best – forestry!

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SWIFT NEWS Publications, presentations, and accomplishments

RESOURCES Tips, links, and other useful information from past events

ABOUT SWIFT Information on SWIFT’s values, organization, and current Planning Team