USJ Welcomes the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation

On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, USJ welcomed the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation to Lynch Hall on our West Hartford campus. The Aurora Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that uses philanthropy with a gender lens to direct resources to women and girls so that they can achieve their social, economic, and career goals.

“Having the Aurora Foundation on campus will provide our USJ community, including the Women’s Leadership Center, with many more opportunities to collaborate on research, skill-building and training, and public events that support our commitment to developing the whole person, especially our long-standing focus on preparing women leaders,” said President Rhona Free, Ph.D.

The Aurora Foundation pursues its mission through research, educational programs, and grant-making—activities that align closely with the activities of USJ’s Women’s Leadership Center. In September 2017, the Aurora Foundation awarded USJ $25,000 for a “Success to Graduation” program that gave thirty sophomores opportunities to explore career paths and experience professional settings on and off campus through externships, internships, and mentoring relationships. Overall, their support to USJ students since 2012 has been nearly $80,000!

“In moving to lease space on the USJ campus, Aurora has gained much more than a location for our office. While we remain independent as the state’s only free-standing women’s fund, we look forward to opportunities to work with USJ faculty, staff, and students on our efforts to increase women’s successful completion of college and to promote women’s economic security and leadership,” said Aurora’s Executive Director, Jennifer Steadman, Ph. D.

We look forward to our community partnership with the Aurora Foundation. Visit for more information.