WIMS Villages

Villages-COM Mentoring & Interest Groups



Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) will be offering monthly groups. The purpose of the groups is to provide a forum for discussion of the issues and opportunities impacting faculty, especially women and to foster networks and support.  *Villages are open to all faculty in the UF HSC. Villages recycle every 4 months (Jan, May, September).


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Active Villages

Promotion and Tenure Village

Host: Terrie Vasilopoulos

When: 1 Thursday a month, 4 PM

Starts: March 9th, 4 PM

Where:  To be Announced


Whine and Cheers Village

Host: Liz Brownlee, Crissy Zeretske

When: 1 Monday a month, 5:30 PM

Starts: Feb 27th, 5:30 PM

Where: Venue will change monthly

What:  A monthly girls’ night out to discuss challenges and celebrate our wins.  The venue will change monthly and will be off campus at a venue with food and beverages available for purchase. There will be a topic of the month, and conversation can start there and go to any topic that naturally arises. 


Women in Research Village 

Host: Gemma Casadesus, Paola Giusti Rodriguez

When: Once a month – afternoon, but will poll to determine the interest

Starts: May 2023

Where: To be Announced

What: A monthly topic meeting relevant to our paths and experiences as research scientists/doctors.  Topics ae broad and include diverse aspects and conflicts that women in research encounter.  Topics will include articles for discussion followed by free format chats.  A syllabus will be provided during the first meeting. 


Parenting – (It takes a) Village

Host: Melissa Turley, Erin Bruce

When: 4 times yearly, Friday during lunchtime.  More information to come. 

Starts: February 10th, 12-1

Where: Room 331 Harrell Medical Education Building

What:  Book club format.  The plan is to read 3-4 books during the course of the year.  Meetings will occur during lunchtime. Participants are encouraged but not required to read the book.  There will also be a discussion board option for continued conversation, and sharing parenting wins, losses, and dilemmas with the village. 

     An initial welcome/interest meeting is planned for February 10th from 12 pm to 1 pm in room 331.  The next meeting will be in March to discuss the first book. The first book will be “Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans” by Michaeleen Doucleff. 



Please send an email to the identified group facilitator if you would like to participate in one of the groups.

Possible future groups (facilitators needed)

  • Early Parenting
  • Mid-Career Faculty
  • Scientists Village
  • Investing & finance
  • Foodie Village

Interested in starting/facilitating a group? Please contact Melissa Liverman at 352-273-7500

 UF WIMS Mission: Support, empower, and contribute toward the professional and leadership development of women faculty promoting a more optimal institutional environment for all.