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Letter from the Editor & DWC Chair- Summer 2017

Happy Summer, colleagues! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Please enjoy this edition of the newsletter, and we look forward to another edition in the Fall.

Jordana Navarro


Dear DWC Colleagues,

Hello, and happy summer! I hope you all are finding some time to relax and recharge.

Although summer is in full swing, the ASC Annual Meeting will be here before you know it! Below is some information as we look ahead to November.

First, please make sure that your ASC and DWC memberships are current. Visit the ASC Membership page to renew your memberships. Also, registration for the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is now underway. Visit the ASC Annual Meeting Registration page to register. Be sure to reserve your ticket for the DWC Social on Wednesday, November 15th!

Second, there will be a few changes to DWC events this year.

Leading off is the reimagining of the Feminist Theory in Action workshop, which is now called the Social Justice Connections Network event. This change was prompted in part by feedback from last summer’s DWC member survey, which identified two major areas for improvement within our organization: (1) more formal opportunities for mentoring and professional development, and (2) more openness and inclusivity toward members, especially people of color and feminists from underrepresented groups. To that end, the workshop has been revamped into a professional development opportunity for anyone (not just DWC members) interested in making connections with others doing social justice work. Look for this event in its usual spot: Tuesday afternoon from 4-7pm.

Next up is the member social, which will not host the awards ceremony this year. (As much as I enjoy standing on tables in crowded bars, last year’s mishap with the audio system was enough to convince the Executive Council that the awards are best presented in the controlled environment of the annual meeting.) The social will be Wednesday evening from 8:30-10pm at The Field House. This is a great opportunity for new and prospective DWC members, so please consider bringing a student, friend, or colleague with you! The awards ceremony will take place at the breakfast meeting on Thursday morning (7:30-9:30am), following the completion of general business.

Finally, I want to call your attention to a few DWC-sponsored events. As we have in years past, the DWC will again sponsor a Journal Reviewer Training Workshop on Thursday from 9:30am-12:20 pm. Also, once the annual meeting program goes live, you’ll want to keep an eye out for two policy panels that may be of interest. The first panel, Social Media for Social Justice, is co-sponsored by DPCC and DWC. The lead panelist is Nicole Gonzalez VanCleve, author of Crook County; the commentator is Donavan X. Ramsey of The Marshall Project; and the discussants are Allison Cotton and Christina DeJong. I can’t wait for this one! The second panel, The Status of VAWA Funding, features a combination of researchers and practitioners who will be discussing the implications of possible reductions to/elimination of Violence Against Women Act funding.

As the Philadelphia meeting gets closer, stay tuned to the DWC listserv for complete details about all of the great DWC-sponsored panels, roundtables, and events happening at this year’s annual meeting.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy summer.