Women foresters enjoying chili and company
4th annual chili social: 2019

(Feb 2020) The Journal of Forestry has published an article about SWIFT written by current and former Planning Team members.  This article describes the motivation behind SWIFT, the adaptive management approach to operating SWIFT, the goals of SWIFT, and the outcomes as assessed in two participant surveys.  SWIFT guidelines and example activities are presented as a model for others who want to organize a similar effort at their own institution. This article, “An Adaptive and Evidence-Based Approach to Building and Retaining Gender Diversity within a University Forestry Education Program: A Case Study of SWIFT” by Mindy S Crandall, Kara K L Costanza, Jenna M Zukswert, Laura S Kenefic, and Jessica E Leahy, will also be made available online at the U.S. Forest Service’s Treesearch website

(Jan 2017) SWIFT was highlighted in a front-page article by Andrea Watts, January 2017 issue of The Forestry Source, the monthly newsletter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF)

(Nov 2016) Karin Bothwell and Erin Schlager received 2nd Place in oral presentations for their talk, “Supporting Women in Forestry Today: Small-Scale Discussions with Large-Scale Implications” at the SAF National Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, November 2016



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.


Women on a bridge with binoculars
Bird hike 2019

Previous SWIFT meeting topics

Annual chili social (2016 – 2019)
Chainsaw practice session (2017 – 2019)
50 ways to fight bias (open to all SFR)
Dispatches from the field: experiences as a woman in forestry with Nicole Rogers (open to all SFR)
Bird hike with Dr. Amber Roth
Leaning in to the job market
Speaking up: why we do it when we do and why we sometimes don’t
Challenges facing women in forestry: a discussion with USFS scientist Christel Kern
Understanding the experiences of women in forestry (open to all SFR)
Woman starting a chainsaw
Chainsaw practice 2018
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