Program WishlistThe Women's Caucus hopes to pursue other programs and activities to improve the work life for individuals on campus and to attract students to ESF. We count on Caucus members to bring forward ideas and projects of current interest. Some examples of discussion items from previous meetings:
Future Faculty Program
Individual faculty have created some wonderful individual courses that guide doctoral students through the challenges they will face in academia: Seminar on College Teaching, Writing for Scientific Publications, Grant Writing and Management, Research Methods, Environmental Careers Strategies for Women, Seminar Presentation Skills, and Collaborative Processes and Dispute Resolution. It seems like successful completion of some percentage of these
Opportunities for Partnerships and Training to Improve Our Network of Scientists (OPTIONS)
Combat implicit biases which undermine classroom practice and professional assessment and advancement through purposeful intervention. We envision a multi-pronged approach through faculty development, curriculum assessment and a future faculty initiative (see above)
While we have one dedicated "nursing room" on campus (Baker 313), in the dead of winter, if you aren't in Baker or Jahn to begin with, you can use most of your break simply bundling up to get there!
We'd like to foster our relationship with Girls Inc./YMCA by supporting the CNY Girls Summit, which has very similar format and goals of our original Take our Daughters to Work program. Plus, its a wonderful way to introduce more local girls to ESF, and encourage them to envision themselves
Participant Support Fund
We would love to have a little pot to use to help offset costs (including, but not limited to, child- and elder-care) for graduate students and faculty while they attend workshops and conferences that they would have otherwise need to decline.
Kids Take Time for Science
An irregular program of care for school-aged children to help ESF parents on superintendent or teacher conferences days or other non-school days. ESF children would come to campus to work with ESF students and others in ongoing research or in science projects specifically designed for primary and secondary students.
This program could also give ESF students interested in teaching science at the primary and secondary levels experience in an informal setting.
ESF-Public School Collaboration
A program whereby women students at ESF volunteer to speak to students in area public schools to help increase awareness of science and technical career paths for women.
If you find your applicant pool, or speaker slate, unrepresentative of the population (i.e, all white, all male, or all of similar age), ask us for recommendations.