Rhode Island Women in Higher Education (RIWHE) was organized officially at its first meeting on April 25, 2003. For a detailed description of the organization, please see the RIWHE Operating Guidelines. Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, associate commissioner for academic and student affairs at the RI Office of Higher Education, is the first state coordinator.

Women leaders in higher education in the state are encouraged to join RIWHE by contacting Deanna Velletri at Annual dues will not be collected; however, yearly events may require one-time fees.

Benefits of membership
Listserv. RIWHE has begun a listserv to keep women in higher education in Rhode Island connected. Please contact Deanna Velletri to be added to the listserv.

Events. RIWHE will be hosting one event per year to bring RI women in higher education together. Please visit this site periodically to learn more about events. In addition, regional events and other items of interest will be announced on this site.

Networking. Make connections with other female leaders in the state. The current membership includes women from all areas of higher education, such as academic, student and financial affairs.


2007 Annual RIWHE Conference: Program    Registration Form

2006 Annual RIWHE Conference: Program    Registration Form

2005 RIWHE Holiday Party/Philanthropic Event

RIWHE Fourth Annual Conference

Rhode Island's fourth annual conference of Rhode Island Women in Higher Education (RIWHE) will be held at Salve Regina University from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2006.

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Past RIWHE Events

RIWHE Third Annual Spring Conference, 2005

Rhode Island's third annual spring RIWHE conference was held on Friday, April 22, 2005, at Salve Regina University's Ochre Court.   Arlene Violet, RIWHE's 2005 honorary member, will be the keynote speaker.  For more information download the complete program and registration form.

Download notes from the presentations and business meeting
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Take a look at some pictures from this Spring Conference

RIWHE Organizational Meeting, 2003
The RI Chapter held an invitational, organizational meeting on April 25, 2003, at Salve Regina University in Newport. A luncheon was followed by a keynote regarding history and future of the ACE (American Council on Education) Network and the Office of Women in Higher Education. After table-top sessions facilitated by women leaders from RI higher education institutions, the afternoon concluded with a business meeting to organize a state chapter of ACE Network.

Download notes from the presentations and business meeting
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RIWHE 2nd Annual Conference, 2004
Rhode Island's second annual RIWHE conference was held on April 30, 2004, at RHode Island College. The event began with a luncheon and book signing by Dr. Regina Barreca, the featured speaker who gave a humorous presentation on women and success. Rhode Island's First Lady Suzanne Carcieri and Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson were inducted as honorary members of RIWHE, and Commissioner Jack Warner presented on leadership for women in higher education. Members got to participate in a problem-solving exercise before concluding the event with a brief business meeting.

Download program from 2004 conference
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Creating Women Leaders in Higher Education: RIWHE's Strategic Plan for the Future
NetworkNews August 2005 Edition includes a feature article about RIWHE -- complete with photos
Download the ACE Handbook     MS Word    PDF
Download the RIWHE Operating Guidelines MS Word     PDF

Links of interest

OWHE October 2005 newsletter
Women in Higher Education (WIHE)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
National Initiative for Women in Higher Education
National Council of Women -- Facts about Women in Higher Education
AAUP -- Women in Higher Education

Position Announcements

About the ACE Network

The ACE Network is a program of the American Council on Education's Office of Women in Higher Education. The national network connects women throughout the country to advance the OWHE's agenda of identifying women leaders in higher education, developing the leadership skills of women in higher education, encouraging women leaders to make full use of their abilities, advancing women into senior-level positions, linking women leaders at all levels to one another, and supporting the retention of women in higher education.

ACE Office of Women in Higher Education
The ACE Network
Listing of individual state networks



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