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 2018-2019: Coming Soon!

We have regular meetings, either open to all women or 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!

Planning Team 2018-2019:

Mindy Crandall, faculty/staff rep
Jenna Zukswert, faculty/staff rep
Maren Granstrom, graduate rep
Maggie Mansfield, graduate rep
Emily Roth, undergraduate rep
Maddie Eberly, undergraduate rep

Our planning team is composed of 6 rotating volunteers: 2 faculty/staff, 2 graduate students, and 2 undergraduate students. If you’d like to be involved, share ideas for future topics or meetings, or suggest ways we can improve, please contact a planning team member.


The history of SWIFT
In 2015, a group of faculty and graduate students in the School of Forest Resources formed SWIFT: Supporting Women in Forestry Today, as one way to address the challenges we might face as women in forestry. The original planning team consisted of faculty members Jessica Leahy, Laura Kenefic, and Mindy Crandall, and graduate students Kara Costanza, Karin Bothwell, and Erin Schlager.

Previous SWIFT meeting topics
Challenges facing women in forestry: a discussion with USFS scientist Christel Kern
Chainsaw practice session
Understanding the experiences of women in forestry (open to all SFR)
The “Confidence Gap”
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Addressing discrimination
Strategies for entering the labor force
How to be an Advocate/Ally (open to all SFR)
Role playing difficult situations
Presentations from the Diversity and Inclusion Track at SAF National (open to all SFR)
Career advice with field foresters
Finding your communication style
Penobscot Experimental Forest Field Tour