SWS Signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Ed Relief Letter

To View The Full Letter, please click HERE.

Letter Coordinated by The American Sociological Association and sent to:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker

The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Leader

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Leader

The Honorable Charles Schumer, Leader

June 1, 2020

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, McCarthy and Schumer:

Thank you for your efforts to ensure the wellbeing of Americans during this critical moment in our history. We are grateful for the support that has been provided thus far in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. We are writing today to encourage the provision of substantial additional funding for higher education in future bills, with focus on those students and institutions hardest hit by the consequences of the pandemic.

Like many sectors of the economy, higher education is facing debilitating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Colleges and universities have refunded student fees and room and board payments from the spring term, significantly reducing their operating revenue for the current fiscal year. The uncertainty of the pandemic means that many students will delay or forego their education, leading to large declines in enrollment for many institutions. In addition, public institutions anticipate lost revenue as states, facing their own revenue losses, make deep cuts in higher education funding.

The $14 billion allocated to higher education in the CARES Act was a useful first step in helping higher education weather the crisis. However, it is not enough. Without additional federal support for students and institutions, the seriousness of the crisis will necessitate additional layoffs of staff and faculty; elimination of programs and services for students; and significant tuition increases for students and families.

Thus, we urge you to allocate additional relief funds to higher education and to ensure that these resources are distributed to the students and institutions who need them most. Although the pandemic has affected all of us, its consequences are not uniform. The most marginalized institutions and individuals are hit hardest. This means that HBCUs, community colleges, underfunded public institutions, and tuition-dependent non-profit private colleges face the most economic precarity. In addition, the pandemic has made it even harder for students from working class and low-income backgrounds, who are often the first in their families to attend college, to access higher education.

We understand that you face difficult choices in allocating funds to all sectors of society that have been decimated by this pandemic. Providing additional relief funds to higher education would be an investment in the public good. Higher education employs over 4 million people and is the primary employer in communities across the country; it opens opportunities for students from all walks of life, and it ensures that America is positioned to continue to lead the world in scientific, economic, and creative endeavors.


African Studies Association

American Anthropological Association

American Educational Research Association

American Folklore Society

American Historical Association

American Musicological Society

American Philosophical Association

American Political Science Association

American Psychological Association

American Society for Environmental History

American Sociological Association

Archaeological Institute of America

Association for Asian Studies

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Association of College and Research Libraries

College Art Association

Economic History Association

Executive Board of the Association for Jewish Studies

Executive Committee of The National Women’s Studies Association

International Center of Medieval Art

Medieval Academy of America

Midwest Political Science Association

Modern Language Association

National Communication Association

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

Phi Beta Kappa Society

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Society for Ethnomusicology

Society for Research in Child Development

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Society of Architectural Historians

Society of Biblical Literature

Sociologists for Women in Society

World History Association


Voting Ends on May 29, 2020. 

Thank you to SWS Vice President, Nancy López for collecting this data.

Please Click HERE to go directly to this 2020 Annual Survey.

It is also located on the SWS website in the Justice in the Academy section.

“Ballots for the 2020 ASA election will be distributed to eligible members in April 2020. Voting will close on May 29, 2020.”
For more information on the American Sociological Association’s 2020 Election, please go to this website:

ASA Department Affiliates Webinar for Graduate Program Directors on May 27

ASA Virtual Forum for Directors of Graduate Studies in Sociology

Wednesday May 27, 2020
3:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Pacific
Registration is required.

ASA invites sociology graduate program directors to a virtual forum to discuss how to navigate disruptions in graduate education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum is an opportunity to share support, resources, and ideas with your peers. The conversation will be led by three experienced graduate directors at doctoral and master’s degree-granting departments across the country: ASA President Christine Williams, University of Texas at Austin; Kirk A. Johnson, University of Mississippi; and Mary Nell Trautner, SUNY Buffalo.
Register Now
Can’t make the live event? Registrants will have access to the recording on Zoom, and a link to the recording will be available on the ASA COVID-19 Resources for Sociologists website.

For more information, contact Teresa Ciabattari, PhD, Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs, at 202-247-9840 or

Call for Manuscripts, SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project

Announcement from SWS President, Josephine Beoku-Betts

Call for Manuscripts

SWS Global Concerns Autoethnography Project

Dear SWS Colleagues, Global Partners and Associates:

SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are requesting submissions for a co-edited autoethnography publication examining global portrayals of our lives as academics and practitioners in our particular social contexts during this traumatic period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In seeking autoethnographies, we are looking for pieces that are biographical with thick description and which incorporate both self-reflection and critical analysis of one’s experiences during this period. We welcome essays that are feminist, global, and/or intersectional in analytical approach. We welcome submissions from individuals at all career stages.

Questions for consideration may include but not be limited to:

  • How has COVID-19 affected your life and work as a feminist scholar/activist/practitioner? What challenges have you faced (e.g., the “new normal” of working remotely and participation in virtual meetings) and how have you navigated these experiences?
  • In what ways are you contributing as a feminist activist/scholar/practitioner to public discussions and debates about responses to COVID-19 in your particular context?
  • In what ways have current trends in digital activism impacted your engagement in feminist and social justice issues in your social environment?
  • What are the political and economic trends of this pandemic and how have they impacted the institution in which you work and its expectations of you?
  • What challenges have your students had to face (graduate) and (undergraduate) and how has your institution provided support to you as a faculty member?
  • What challenges have you as a student had to face and how has your institution provided support?
  • How have you navigated the present challenges in your retirement and how have you found support?
  • Given the infrastructure and resources of your place of work and social environment, what new demands have been put on you and what sort of support has been provided to meet these demands? To what extent were you able to challenge these demands and what was the response?
  • What best practices can you share about teaching online courses or courses converted from face-to-face to online during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • If you work in an administrative capacity, what challenges have you faced in budgetary decisions that may affect faculty lines, promotion and tenure schedules, hiring, student recruitment, and program development over the next few years?
  • What impact has the pandemic had on your work/life balance?

This publication project will target an academic and professional audience and all manuscripts should include scholarly references and follow  APA Style. Manuscripts should be between 10-15 double-spaced pages and 12 font size.  Please send along with your manuscript (1) a short bio of 100 words, including your current or most recent institutional affiliation and e-mail address, and (2) an abstract of 150 words.

Submissions should be in the English language and should be sent to Bandana Purkayastha ( ) as a Microsoft Word Document no later than August 28th, 2020. Please title your submission as Autoethnography.

Co-Editors of this project representing SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are: Josephine Beoku-Betts (Florida Atlantic University), Akosua Darkwah (University of Ghana), Melanie Heath (McMaster University), and Bandana Purkayastha (University of Connecticut).

We welcome your submissions and invite you to share this call for manuscripts among your professional networks.






SWS Writing Groups

Join SWS Members, Penny Harvey and Jasmine Hill for Writing Groups


For the latest information on the SWS Writing Groups, please visit the SWS MemberClicks Page for Writing Group details.

Jasmine Hill and Penny Harvey each hosting two Writing Group Sessions each week (Jasmine Hill’s are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30p pm Eastern Time and Penny Harvey’s are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1:30 pm Eastern Time). A special thank you to these SWS Student Members for organizing these efforts.

Please direct questions to Penny or Jasmine if you have specific questions about the Writing Groups. These groups are open to all who are interested in being a part of the SWS feminist community at this time. You do not need to be a member to participate, but you need to reach out to Jasmine or Penny for more details.

Jasmine Hill:

Penny Harvey:

SWS Writing Group v2-1

SWS Global Pandemic Reading Resources/Syllabus

Announcement from SWS President, Josephine Beoku-Betts 

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

SWS and its Global Partners and Associates are requesting submissions for a syllabus and reading resources list that explore the impact and implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic from a global, intersectional, and feminist perspective. Submissions can include both academic and non-academic resources and should be targeted for (1) graduate (2) undergraduate, and (3) community college courses taught in colleges and universities around the world.

We welcome ideas on best practices for small and large online classes and courses converted from face-to-face to online platforms. We also welcome opinion pieces on how you communicated and reassured your students experiencing trauma and stress in their particular social environments, and what coping and navigational strategies you used as an instructor or practitioner.

Topics for submission may include, but are not limited to, the local and global politics of COVID-19; defining epidemics and pandemics and tracing their history; considering the relationship of epidemics and pandemics to the family and household; gender-based violence; health (including emotional and mental well-being, bodily integrity); the economy and employment (agriculture, industry, retail and service work, care workers, etc.); science and technology as well as their uses; the media, including social media; religion and spirituality; criminal justice; migration, immigration, and refugee issues; law enforcement; work and occupations (including work/life balance); the environment and climate; interpersonal relationships; popular culture; and examining epidemics and pandemics in terms of the intersectional and social justice issues that encompass race, class, gender, nationality, age, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, etc.; caring for self and others; education and pedagogy (including homeschooling); and social action, activism, and advocacy.

Resources for submission may include but not be limited to:

    1. Newspaper Articles
    2. Magazine Articles
    3. Scholarly Articles
    4. YouTube Videos
    5. Blogs
    6. Podcasts
    7. Other forms of Social Media
    8. Book Publications
    9. Poetry and the Spoken Word
    10. Ted Talks and Public Lectures
    11. Class Lectures
    12. Class Discussions (small and large groups)
    13. Class Assignments

Submissions will be accepted in the following languages through July 15th, 2020: English, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.

Please send your submissions to hara bastas, Chair, SWS International Committee, at ( along with a short bio of 100 words including your current, or most recent, institution and e-mail address. All submissions will be acknowledged in the final product.

A working group of SWSers led by the International Committee and some Global Partners and Associates will produce the syllabus and reading resources list. These will be posted on the SWS COVID-19 Global Concerns webpage and will be shared globally with other professional organizations and institutions selected by our global contacts. The objective is to make these resources available worldwide by August 2020 for course development, as well as professional and personal enrichment to our members, colleagues and friends. We welcome your participation and invite you to share this announcement with your professional networks.