Sister to Sister Committee

Sister to Sister Committee


The Sister-to- Sister committee’s primary goal is to support women and non-binary scholars of color. To this end, Sister-to- Sister supports networking and mentoring relationships across racial/ethnic lines; allows members to engage in dialogue; provides an avenue for graduate students to discuss their concerns around issues of discrimination and inclusion within SWS; and aims to be a space for personal and professional support for members confronting discrimination in their respective institutions. The committee is proactive in involving graduate students and faculty at all levels. To fulfill this purpose, the committee adopts an intersectional lens to discuss and confront discrimination and exclusion faced by women and non-binary scholars of color within SWS, and in the broader academic community.

Actions & Activities

At the winter and summer annual meetings, attending members are urged to share their concerns as well as goals for the committee. The committee then strategizes how to address these matters. The committee offers workshops and panels at the winter and summer annual meetings. Recent workshops, for example, have focused on ways in which to make SWS more inclusive for scholars of color, the needs of junior faculty and graduate students within the organization, and the ways in which to navigate the academy, and home institutions, at various career stages.

The committee also administers the prestigious Chow-Green Women of Color Dissertation Scholarship (established February 2007). Information about the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship is available online. Please direct all scholarship applications and questions to

Contact Information


Keeping in Contact

The committee has a listserv through which we share information and keep in contact throughout the year. For instructions to join the Sister to Sister listserv, please visit this article. For further assistance, please email: