In general, the Women's Caucus is non-hierarchical. There are no officers and decisions are made by consensus. However, there are individuals who serve as the primary contacts for individual projects.   If you would like the Caucus's assistance with any other program, please contact any of us.

Potluck Supper Series/Brown-Bag Lunch/Lunchtime/Coffee BreakDiscussions

Periodically, the Caucus invites interested participants to discuss an issue affecting women on campus. Evening programs are generally scheduled as a potluck supper, and participants either contribute a dish to pass, or contribute $3-5 toward the "Pizza Fund" to purchase something from a local restaurant. This ensures you don't need to be a good cook, or a good planner, to come. For daytime programs, we either put on a coffee pot and tea-kettle, or schedule as a "brown bag lunch." Kids are welcome to attend with their parents, and we have some toys, including a lovely set of handcrafted puppets they can use.  If you'd like to be our new point person for this intiative, contact Heather,, 315-470-4752

Women in Scientific & Environmental Professions Seminar & Speaker Series

The seminar allows participants to discuss issues faced by women in science and environmental professions, such as mentoring and productivity, and to introduce the campus community to prominent women in these fields. The slate of speakers is intended to represent the broad range of interests of ESF's eight faculty units.  Please send speaker suggestions (name, affiliation, field of expertise, why she would be a good speaker) to Heather Engelman,, 315-470-4752

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

This national event was launched in 1993 by the Ms. Foundation ,as a response to studies by Harvard University, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Minnesota Women's Fund, which indicate that a girl's self esteem and confidence in  intellectual development plummet as they advance toward adolescence. The program was expanded in 2003 to include boys.  Our program encourages confidence, inquisitiveness, and resilience in children aged 9-11 through participation in activities that introduce them to a broad range of science-, environmental-, and engineering-based careers fostered at ESF. The National  Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is the fourth Thursday in April, but our date is usually based on access to laboratories.  Contact:  Heather Engelman,

Herstory Happened Here Field Trip, tba

To mark Women's History Month, the Caucus coordinates a trip to visit local historical sites celebrating women, usually on the last Saturday of March. This trip often includesstops at the National Women's Hall of Fame and Women's Rights National Historical Park  in Seneca Falls. For the 2005 trip, we focused on women's contributions to the abolitionist movement, particularlyAuburn resident Harriet Tubman. Contact:  tba


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