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Senior Women's Council

Who We Are

    The Senior Women’s Council was founded in 1993 to create a forum for defining and actively addressing issues that promote gender equity and diversity at UCSB, a concern that has relevance for all facets of the campus community. All tenured women faculty and lecturers with SOE are automatically eligible for membership. The steering committee, comprised of 15-20 members, specifies several programmatic goals that the Council will work to accomplish each academic year. The direction of SWC’s program is based on input from all tenured women who attend SWC events. SWC activities receive support from the Executive Vice Chancellor and UCSB’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy.

Mission Statement

    We come together in this regular forum to support all senior women in academic and administrative positions, to discuss issues of equity and diversity, as well as working conditions more generally, and to encourage and support a political presence on campus for senior women, as well as to provide support networks through which to communicate and effect that support. We advocate service to the campus by tenured women faculty, but in ways coordinated to be much more inclusive, and less burdensome for each individual. In that process, we will share information and provide each other the support often lacking in the day-to-day groups where, in many cases, women may be a significant minority.

Membership

    All tenured women faculty and lecturers with security of employment (SOE) are automatically eligible for serving on the Council and participating in activities sponsored by the Council. Our constituents are all women faculty and lecturers.

Structure of Leadership/Governance

    The steering committee specifies several well-defined programmatic goals that the Council will strive to accomplish each academic year. The direction of SWC’s program is based on input from all tenured women who attend SWC events.

    Co-chairs are responsible for identifying and updating membership, maintaining infrastructure of SWC by communicating with SWC members via email, scheduling meetings and events, and tracking service cycles on SWC. Co-chairs serve staggered 2-year terms, and work with the Council steering committee to replace the out-going co-chair each year. Co-chairs also serve as SWC representatives on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

    2013-14 Co-chairs
    Tania Israel tisrael@education.ucsb.edu

    2012-13 Co-chairs
    Tania Israel tisrael@education.ucsb.edu
    Miriam Metzger metzger@comm.ucsb.edu

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Current Events

    Upcoming Events: End-of-Quarter Happy Hour (occurs in the 10th week of each quarter)

    Past Events: forums, workshops, mentoring and networking, social events

Issues that SWC Has Been Involved With

    Campus leadership; career and salary equity; departmental personnel practices; career management; women and negotiation; infant, child and eldercare issues; healthcare providers; administrative hiring, etc.

Mentoring Program

Reports and Publications

Meeting Minutes and Agenda

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