The Social Action Committee (SAC) engages in projects that facilitate social activism in research, the classroom, and other professional areas. SAC is supportive of securing union friendly hotels for conferences, fair-trade coffee, child care at meetings, providing quiet spaces for breastfeeding, and the like at SWS meetings. The role of the committee is driven mostly by membership concern. Starting in 2013, the SAC will be chaired by two co-charis who begin their term at the Winter Meeting. In addition to overseeing the production of fact sheets, the SAC chairs organize meetings, provides agendas, and addresses issues brought to SAC by the membership. The Chairs of the SAC are elected by the membership in odd numbered years, and is a two-year commitment.
Since 2002, SAC has produced up to 4 fact sheets per year (published in Network News quarterly, then posted on the SWS website). Fact sheets provide the latest information on current women ’s issues to educators and community agencies and organizations. The committee has been involved in selecting topics, soliciting authors, and facilitating the distribution of fact sheets. Once completed, they appear in Network News and are placed on the SWS website.
In 2003 SAC began an undergraduate scholarship program to select up to three student activists who have engaged in internships or faculty projects to promote the status of women. Awards are $750 per student and recipients are encouraged to use the funding to attend the upcoming winter meeting. See the Undergraduate Social Action Award page for more information.
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