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Mines Women Community Alliance (W-MCA)

Mission Statement

To positively impact campus culture and support the advancement of women at Mines so our members may identify areas of growth and drive change for themselves and the university.

Statement of Support:

WMCA affirms that Black Lives Matter 

The Mines Women Community Alliance is deeply saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as all others who have lost their lives as a direct result of widespread racism in our country. One piece of our mission is to support the Colorado School of Mines in its pursuit of a culture of inclusion and equality; we address it directly through our program offerings, community-building events, and in our engagement with the broader campus community. We are in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Mines Women Community Alliance (W-MCA)

Current W-MCA Steering Committee

Savannah C. Allshouse  (Chair)

Lia Franklin (Chair-Elect)

Camar Diaz

Kelly Ragland

Annette Pilkington (WISEM Liaison)

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Upcoming and Past Events

22 June 2022 Join Mines Community Alliances to meet over lunch – RSVP Now
Department / Organization: MCAs
Current and prospective MCA members are gathering together to socialize over lunch on Wednesday, June 22.
Current and prospective members of the five Mines Community Alliances (MCAs)—Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and Women’s—are invited to a FREE lunch on Wednesday, June 22 between 11:30a – 1:30p on campus at Cheuvront Commons. This social event will be a chance to mingle with each other in-person, play some lawn games, and connect with prospective members. Lunch (including vegetarian and gluten-free options) and drinks will be provided.
RSVPs are strongly encouraged so we know how much food to order. Please respond by Wednesday, June 15 at 5PM:
More information about the MCAs can be found here:

Connection and Conversation Events

This will be our opportunity to get to know each other better, gain insights on each other’s experiences, build our network, and learn more about what you’d like the WMCA to do to support you here at Mines over complimentary with coffee & tea and/or lunch & desserts. The WMCA will treat you to food and drinks, we just need you to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 22nd – TOMORROW: 8:30-9:30 am – Lia Franklin will be leading this session. We will meet at Starbucks in the Student Center, all will order coffee/tea, and we will pull a few tables together to connect.


Wednesday, April 6th: 12 noon – 1 pm – Camar Díaz will be leading this session. We will meet in Marquez Atrium and lunch will be provided.


 Thursday, May 19th: 2:30 pm -3:30 pm – Kelly Ragland will be leading this session. We will meet at Marquez Atrium and patio, and drinks & desserts will be provided.



March 17, Thursday – 12:30P: Community Conversation with WMCA, Mines Library, and community partners about Handmaid’s Tale novel & show (Library – Boettcher Room, RSVP:

April 6, Wednesday – 12P: Connection and Conversation Community Building Opportunity (Marquez Atrium, RSVP:

April 12, Tuesday – 12P: Guest Presentation by Deb Lasich (Student Center – Avery Room)

April 26, Tuesday – 12P: WMCA Quarterly Meeting (

May 19, Thursday – 2:30P: Connection and Conversation Community Building Opportunity (Marquez Atrium, RSVP:

July 27, Wednesday – 12P: WMCA Quarterly Meeting (

October 11, Tuesday -8am-1pm- SAVE THE DATE – 2nd Annual Inside and Outside the Box Professional Development Conference 

October 25, Tuesday – 12P: WMCA Quarterly Meeting (

2021 Business Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, July 13th, 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 12, 12:00 PM

WHO: The W-MCA invites current and prospective members of the four Mines Community Alliances (MCAs)—Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Women’s.
WHY: To mingle with fellow members in-person, celebrate our accomplishments for the year, and connect with prospective members.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 22 between 11:30am – 1:00pm.
WHERE: Jalili Plaza (between Marquez Hall and CTLM Building in square H8):

Professional Development:

Advocating for Yourself – Mentoring and Professional Development in STEM
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: noon – 1p MT
Presenter: Margery Sendze, Ph.D. is a technology leader with more than 20 years of delivering business value by enabling high-performing teams. Dr. Sendze leverages organizational psychology to drive organizational change and talent engagement and retention strategies in the technology workforce. She holds a B.A and an M.A. in communications and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology. Margery is a self-described people champion and an advocate for creating environments that promote the inclusion, participation, and retention of girls/women and people of color in STEM.

Watch presentation here
Access Passcode: 5&!9Dy?4

Professional Development Conference Inside and Outside the Box – See Conference Website for session descriptions
October 5th, 2021 ~ in-person and recorded
9:30-10:00 ~ Social
10:00-11:30AM Breakout rooms

Lunch with Leadership: Featuring Provost Rick Holz
Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 noon via Zoom. Zoom link here.

Lessons in Leadership: Featuring Michele Ashby, Author and CEO
Monday, March 10 at 4:00-5:30 pm via Zoom
Zoom link: TBD

February 21, 2020
Radical Candor: The Art of Getting Stuff Done featuring Darren Kanthal

Description of the session:
Throughout our personal and professional lives we’re told we speak up too much or not enough, that our approach is too strong or not forceful enough, or that if we don’t have something positive to say – it’s best to say nothing at all.  However, if we truly believe that ‘feedback is a gift’, we all need to be equipped to share feedback, both positive and negative, in a constructive, meaningful, careful and impactful way.  In this session, you will learn how best to speak and connect with your colleagues, boss, and direct reports to provide and receive direct and honest feedback, how to have more constructive and high-performing teams, and how to keep things moving forward.

Speaker Bio:
With 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition, Darren Kanthal has held leadership roles across various facets of Human Resources. He has designed and implemented talent management programs in addition to several successful recruitment programs including college, veteran, and employee referral programs.  In his current role as a Coach and Consultant, he helps individuals, small businesses, and non-profits solve people problems with an empathetic and straight-to-the-point approach.

W-MCA Book Club:

Multiculturalism on Campus by Michael J. Cuyjet, Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, and Diane L. Cooper
February April 20th 2020 at 12:00 PM
Password: 467727

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
March 24 at 12:00 PM
Password: 071069


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