MPA Fellows, Class of 2022
Director, Women's Center, University of Connecticut
Kathleen Holgerson is the Director of the Women’s Center and former Program Coordinator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program. Kathleen is an alumna of the University and volunteered at the Center as an undergraduate student. She has extensive administrative experience, including staff supervision, budget oversight, and program development, in non-profit organizations and higher education, as well as successful grant-writing and fundraising experience. Her work focuses on coalition building; creating opportunities for critical reflection and creative education work; addressing barriers to access related to various forms of oppression at the individual and institutional levels; and promoting equity from an anti-racist feminist perspective.
Kathleen has worked on a variety of University initiatives including the President’s Task Force on Civility and Campus Culture; the Something’s Happening Committee, which addresses workplace climate; the Leadership Development Committee; and the Provost’s Commission on the Status of Women. In 2009, she served as the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the University Metanoia on Preventing Violence Against Women. She also served as the Co-Project Director for University of Connecticut/Connecticut Consortium’s Grant to Combat Crimes of Violence Against Women on campus and the UConn PI for the Connecticut Campus Coalition to End Violence Against Women, both projects that were funded through the Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Office.
Her service on the national level includes serving as the elected Chair of the Anti-White Supremacy Task Force of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA); co-chairing the Anti-Racism/White Privilege Working Group of the National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Centers Committee (NWSA WCC); serving on the Pre-conference Planning Committee for the NWSA WCC and on the WCC Women’s Center Summit Planning Committee; and being an external reviewer for Women’s Centers. She recently co-authored “Where do we enter? How do we stay? The role of consciousness raising in developing Women’s Center professionals.” in University and College Women’s and Gender Equity Centers: The Changing Landscape.