GWEM Magazine

Summer 2021 issue cover of GWEM magazine.

Summer 2021 Edition

Global Women’s Empowerment is desperately needed. With so many challenges and obstacles related to access and equity, it is critical that we come together to highlight stories of women and women's initiatives empowering communities and making change.

Project description

GWEM stands for Global Women's Empowerment Movement and was created by UB alum (2020) Amanda Hart and other SUNY students who participated in the SUNY COIL Global Commons Program (summer 2020). Together, they worked to share voices and stories of women's empowerment, focusing on communities and regions where UB and other SUNY schools have relationships and engagement. As seen in GWEM Magazine First Issue Draft, women are doing amazing things around the world, and in sharing their stories, we can deepen our own understanding of Gender Equity and other goals associated with the SDGs.

With student help, GWEM magazine will be able to reach target audiences, drive fundraising initiatives, create female empowerment momentum and more. We invite students of all backgrounds and areas of study to contribute to the Global Women's Empowerment Movement.

Project outcome

We are seeking creative and ambitious students to help promote GWEM through various social media and web-based platforms. We are also seeking student writers as well as those interested in fundraising or sponsorship cultivation.

All ideas are welcomed. Regardless of area of participation, students should come away with meaningful work and a deepened understanding of global women's empowerment.

Priority contributions:

  • stock photography/photography relating to content
  • stock video clips to use for social media, advertising and communications
  • research on reproductive rights
  • research on normalization of photoshop and filters in young adults
  • research and articles on the pink tax and women's buying power in relation to female marketed products
  • social media and marketing

Project details

Students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 3 -5 hours a week on their chosen area of engagement  for an entire semester. Benefits include access to professional marketing software , personalized letters of recommendation and a certificate of participation from GWEM Magazine Editor in Chief. All Students welcome, but must be in good standing with the University at Buffalo and be a good multitasker. If a student excels at their project, the possibility of being a permanent team member might be offered at the end of the semester.

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Any time
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Volunteer, co-curricular
Who is eligible All undergraduate students

Core partners

  • Amanda Hart, Editor, GWEM Magazine
  • GWEM Team

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

127 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Preparation will include the following and may be customized based on individual plans and interests

  • Exploration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • Research on the Social Determinants of Health and Women. 
  • Region and country specific issues impacting women's health, safety and empowerment

Students will meet with members of the GWEM team to discuss specific preparation associated with identified projects.