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University of Saint Joseph Welcomes the Aurora Foundation to Its West Hartford Campus

Aurora Foundation
As part of its ongoing commitment to developing the potential of women, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) welcomed the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation to its West Hartford campus on Asylum Avenue.   

“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. 

“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.

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. Aurora’s mission is “to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls in Greater Hartford, with the intended effect of unlocking the potential of their families and surrounding communities.” 

Pictured at the recent welcoming ceremony were, from left, Free, Steadman and USJ Vice President for Institutional Advancement Marjorie “Maggie” Pinney.