Call for Members: Status of Women & Equity Committee

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Faculty Association’s Status of Women & Equity Committee (SWEC) is looking for new members. The committee is strong and active, but knows that its continuing vitality depends on the new ideas and enthusiasm that come with new members.

SWEC is concerned with matters related to the status of women as well as broader equity issues such as those arising from gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, class or gender identity. The committee engages in education and advocacy activities to promote equity on campus, maintains a watching brief on equity issues, and makes recommendations to the FAUW Board of Directors about what policy changes to pursue to promote equity on campus.

Joining the committee

Serving on SWEC entails:

  • Attending SWEC meetings, September through June, normally held once a month on Fridays, 9:30–11:30am.
  • Contributing to subcommittees, and to UW, FAUW and external committees on which SWEC is represented.
  • Providing feedback on issues and initiatives as they arise in meetings and via email.

Members of SWEC are usually appointed for a renewable 2-year term.

SWEC values the benefits and strengths of diversity, and we are specifically interested in individuals who identify as or advocate for underrepresented groups (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age or gender identity).

Anyone interested in joining the committee is encouraged to fill out the online application form or contact the current chair, Kate Rybczynski, at by June 2, 2017.

Select SWEC activities

  • Working to make the campus more accessible to persons with disabilities, including ongoing efforts to improve campus practices. For example, advocating re: severe weather response, accommodations guidelines, and an accessibility audit. SWEC also served in an advisory capacity for the hiring committee of the AODA specialist, and hosted educational/awareness events.
  • Providing gender and equity feedback on policy development (e.g. Policy 42 – Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence and Policy 76 –Faculty Appointments), and reports (e.g.  The Course Evaluation Project Team Report and the Salary Anomalies Review).
  • Sponsoring and supporting several equity-related events on campus, including co-hosting the Gender and Equity Scholarship Series in collaboration with Diana Parry, special advisor to the president on women’s and gender issues.
  • Supporting and representing on the Sexual and Gender Diversity Working Group and its efforts to create safe spaces and to increase the number of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
  • Celebrating the excellent work that members of our campus community do to support diversity and equity through the annual Equity and Inclusivity Award.
  • Collaborating with other equity proponents on campus to share and coordinate information on equity initiatives.

Learn more about SWEC’s mandate and activities.