Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2022 

Social Actions Initiative Awards – Next Deadline is April 1, 2022

Next Deadline is April 1, 2022

PDF of 2022 Flyer

Social Actions Initiative Awards


Submit applications through the SWS Member Portal.

You do not need to be an SWS member to apply or nominate someone for these awards, but you need to use the portal. You will need to log in as a SWS Member or create a new account.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal and want more information or want to have your questions answered, join us on Monday, March 21st at 12:00 pm EST over Zoom for an information/Q&A session with the Social Action Committee co-chairs, Kris De Welde and Heather Hlavka.

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Current SWS members can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support broadly defined social action initiatives (e.g., advocacy, public education, organizing, movement-building).

Brought to you by the Social Action Committee of SWS. 
Two 2022 Funding Cycles.

  • April 1st
  • October 1st

Learn more about the award and previous winners:

Questions? Contact Kris De Welde or Heather Hlavka (Social Action Committee Co-Chairs): and


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Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards Process – Join Us on March 7, 2022 from 7-8 pm EST

SWS Graduate/Student Workshop & Toolkit Series Hosted by the SWS Student Caucus and SWS Student Caucus 

Join Us on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm EST 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Can I Apply? Demystifying The SWS Awards ProcessThis is a discussion aimed at students and anyone interested in understanding more about SWS Awards and the application process. We will be joined by past winners who will share their insights on the process and what it means to be an awardee.

Why join this session?• To learn more about SWS Awards• Gain a better understanding of the awards process• Speak with past winners including Trang Thu Đỗ (Barbara Rosenblum Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), Sekani Robinson (Cheryl Allyn Miller Awardee), Roxanna Villalobos (Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship Awardee), and Brandi Perri (Beth B. Hess Memorial Dissertation Scholarship Awardee) to gain guidance on how to put together a strong application.



Congratulations to the 2022 Winter SWS Social Actions Initiative Award Winners

In 2016, SWS Council approved the Social Action Committee’s (SAC) proposal to support more direct social action of SWS members. The Social Actions Initiative Awards provide a way for the SAC to directly support and encourage the social activism of SWS members.  Awards are given out twice per year on a competitive basis until funds run out. The social actions represented by this initiative are central to advancing the mission of SWS. Special thanks go to the Social Actions Initiative Award Subcommittee: Kris De Welde (Chair), Rebecca P., Kira Escovar, Natascia Boeri, Rosalind Kichler and Kristy Kelly.

Center for Equity Education K-12 Title IX Basics Course proposed by Colleen Schoenfeld.

Colleen Schoenfeld (she/her) is a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she studies sexual violence in the educational and military environments, and she is the founder and President of the Board of the Center for Equity Education. The Center for Equity Education (CFEE) is a 501c3 nonprofit, with a mission to address a need in K-12 educational environments for quality and affordable Title IX education and training for administrators, faculty, and staff as well as students. Many K-12 institutions are still actively working to come into compliance with the August 2020 Final Rule of Title IX.

The award will be used to fund a series of trainings hosted by CFEE for school staff on their Title IX requirements as mandatory reporters. During these sessions, the CFEE trainers will provide comprehensive Title IX training covering legal and policy requirements, definitions of sexual harassment under Title IX, rights of the parties, reporting requirements, confidentiality, and roles of the Title IX administrators.  The format of the training will be to provide scenario-based exercises to help engage the audience and provide opportunities to gain experience.

The training that CFEE provides is based on trauma informed best practices which provide for an environment that strives to create no further harm to survivors of sex or gender-based misconduct that considers current and past traumas and that honors that some students have multiple intersecting identities that they may have experienced harm through and/or may increase their response to a current incident. This work strives to dismantle forms of oppression by ensuring that prevention is the cornerstone of addressing inclusive environments that are free from sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment. Lastly, CFEE is furthering research this important area by conducting a survey of institutions to determine what their supportive measures for survivors of Title IX violations are and generating a list of best practices to disseminate to institutions.

Funds for Language Translation of Outreach Materials to Promote Maternal Environmental Health proposed by Dr. Adelle Dora Monteblanco

Adelle is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. She studies inequality at the critical nexus of health, gender, and environment. Based on previous successes in El Paso Texas, Adelle’s project focuses on translation of outreach materials that communicate health risks of heat exposure among pregnant people to encourage precautions and diminish risk of adverse birth outcomes.

The increased risk of adverse birth outcomes indicates a need for outreach materials that communicate these health issues and encourage precautions among pregnant people. In 2016, an interdisciplinary team of scholars (including Adelle), in collaboration with maternal health workers, designed a variety of evidence-based English and Spanish outreach materials and piloted them in El Paso, Texas. The original materials were a “be prepared” rack card, a urine chart, and a passive cooling brochure. After the pilot project, the team also developed a quick tips and FAQ handout. Briefly, most of the materials focus on pregnant people, with attention to hydration and reducing home temperatures.

While materials are currently available in English and Spanish, there is a need for translation to additional languages (e.g., Arabic), so that they can be more accessible as a counter to the structural inequalities that influence pregnant people’s risk from exposure, which may be higher in ESL populations’ paid work and housing situations and also exacerbated by less access to medical care. While broader policies and investments are needed to protect those most vulnerable to extreme heat, it is also necessary to communicate such risks to pregnant people directly. This funding will support free, accessible, and editable materials published and disseminated on Adelle’s website.

Colors of Soil, Friendships, and Resilience: A Winter School proposed by Swati Birla.

Swati is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst with a Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and a Master’s in Public Health. Her primary research interests include political sociology, ethnographies of violence, critical geography, and global histories of empire and imperialism.

As a feminist activist she works with grassroots groups in India and elsewhere to document and resist the precarity and abandonment produced by exclusionary logics of neoliberalism, and the state-social violence that facilitate it. Since 2012, Swati has been part of the Sanhati collective which was founded in 2006 to document the violent dispossession of agrarian communities and landless farmers in Bengal. The collective works actively to create a repository of human rights documentation and movement documents from across India. This work has fostered her intimacy with the political and cultural resistance in Bengal. Her kinship with the Bengal region also comes from her family who live in and belong to that region.

Swati’s project will help to fund a winter school for climate refugee youth in Baishnabghata Patuli Township in the eastern state of W. Bengal of India. The winter school aims to offer a 10-day science fair and writing camp and a workshop on Joyful Learning, Cohabitation and Climate Change led by a team of local soil scientists, climatologists, and ecofeminists. The science fair and writing camp is intended to equip children with the skill set to counter superstition and discuss scientific concepts through engaged learning. It will culminate in the publication of a children’s magazine, which will be their first publication.

The Winter camp on Joyful Learning, Cohabitation and Climate Change Awareness was designed with three components: a) classes about regional environmental histories; b) gender sensitization for understanding urban ecosystems/habitats from a feminist frame, and c) skill-training sessions wherein the children will learn upcycling, recycling, and composting. In partnership with the Rokeya Shiksha (education) Center, these efforts intervene to prevent school dropouts, offer health care, political education, dry food rations, books, saris, and sanitary products.

Voices, Visions, and Advocacy (VVA) Series at International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship proposed by Dr. Katie Garner.

Katie researches and writes on motherhood issues, including labor inequality, the wage gap, childcare, and the relationship between mothers and care providers. She is the executive director of the International Association for Maternal Action and Scholarship (IAMAS) and leads seminars at local colleges and via public workshops.

Katie’s project financially supports the participation of historically under-represented mother-scholars in the VVA series, which promotes empowered mothering, particularly for mother-scholars facing structural inequities. The VVA series is intended to help mothers become better self-advocates, connect folks outside of academia with maternal scholars and their public scholarship, amplify diverse voices, and serve as a bridge between activist organizations who often provide more direct community support and those doing scholarship.

Support from this Social Actions Initiative Award will contribute to efforts to improve participation among historically under-represented mother-scholars. In 2021-2022, the VVA series aims to offer at least two full panels that exclusively center the voices of under-represented mother-scholars and activists. One will be an interview with women who have benefitted from Magnolia Mother’s Trust (a universal basic income initiative under Springboard to Opportunities) and the other will interview leaders of reproductive justice organizations.

We celebrated the awardees at our February 7, 2022, Awards Ceremony. We will make a recording available in our Virtual Meeting Platform soon. Please stay tuned.

SWS High School Teacher Virtual Workshop – March 5, 2022 – Teaching Gender Justice & Health in Pandemic Times



SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 FROM 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST

Coordinators: Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts and Dr. Nancy López​

Co-Facilitators: Dr. Marlese Durr, Dr. LaTonya Trotter, Dr. Carmela Roybal, and Chidimma Judith Nnagbo (Graduate Student)

Are you a high school teacher who teaches ethnic studies, women studies, social studies, English, human rights or other related topic? Or do you know a high school teacher who teaches in these areas? Please share this announcement with them.
Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) is hosting a FREE VIRTUAL pre-conference workshop for high school teachers. This is the third virtual workshop we have hosted for high school teachers. The first year we focused on Intersectionality and the second year we focused on Global Feminism. This year the workshop theme will be: Gender Justice and Health in Pandemic Times. The free virtual workshop will take place via zoom on Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9am-4pm MST. It’s limited to 20 participants – high school teachers that teach ethnic studies, women studies, social studies, English, human rights, or any other relevant subject. Registration is required.  All participants will receive a $50 gift certificate via email. 

SWS Podcast – Feminist Intersections – First Episode is Now Available – Salam Aboulhassan: Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work

Feminist Intersections Podcast Now Available


Salam Aboulhassan: Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work

February 8, 2022, Season 1, Episode

Salam Aboulhassan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. Her past research explored intimate partner violence and the social construction of reputation among Arab American women, publishing her first set of findings in the Journal of Family Issues. Her current research focuses on the racialization of Muslims within US workplaces. In early 2019, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant. She is also a community activist who focuses on issues of sexual abuse and sexual assault within immigrant Arab communities

Whitney Hunt (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Wayne State University. Whitney’s research foci explore race and racism, science and technology, and culture and media. Overall, she uses mixed methods to address broad questions surrounding social constructions of race. Currently, her dissertation research examines genetic ancestry testing and the geneticization of identity. For more information, visit

Erin Baker, Ph.D. (she/her) is an associate professor of sociology at Minot State University. Dr. Baker’s research explores motherhood, mental health, education, and homeschooling.  For more information, visit

Wayne State University Highlights First SWS Podcast – Feminist Intersections
Wayne State graduate student Whitney Hunt and alumna Erin Baker (Ph.D.’21) have produced the Feminist Intersections podcast.  Their first guest is Ph.D. student Salam Aboulhasan, who discusses her research on Gendered and Racialized Muslim Experiences at Work.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: New Editor of Gender & Society

February 2022

Gender & Society, published by Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) since 1987, is a top ranked journal in both gender studies and sociology. The journal receives over 650 new submissions each year with about 11,000 subscribers and about 500,00 article downloads each year. The journal has a strong tradition of supporting mentoring, professional development, disseminating gender scholarship broadly, and for developing feminist scholarship throughout the peer review and editorial process.

The SWS Publications Committee announces a search for the next Editor of Gender & Society, the official journal of SWS. The Editor will serve a four-year term beginning August 2023 with Volume 37 and ending with Volume 40 in December 2026. There will be two transition periods, May to July 31, 2023, to transition into the editorial duties and January through July 31, 2027, to transition to the next Editorial Office. The Publications Committee seeks an Editor or Editorial team with a demonstrated consistent track record of productive scholarship, commitment to the mentoring mission of the journal, and a vision and strategy for maintaining and strengthening Gender & Society as a prestigious interdisciplinary journal. While the publisher, SAGE Publications and SWS provide resources to the editorial office, the journal’s host institution is also expected to provide support for both the Editor and the office. The proposal should indicate the expected institutional support, including a letter from an institutional representative, such as Chair and/or Dean. The proposal must also formally specify the details of the proposed editorial structure, including names and qualifications of all Editors who will be actively involved in the reviewing and editing processes and the methodological and substantive range of the Editorial team.

Gender & Society operates on an electronic platform (Manuscript Central) through which the Editor manages all aspects of the publication and review process. In 2021, the journal received an average of 55 new submissions each month, resulting in about 750 decisions on manuscripts in a year. The average time to a decision on externally reviewed manuscripts is less than 70 days.

It is the Editor’s responsibility to work with the publisher to ensure timely and accurate delivery of manuscripts for bi-monthly publication. The Editorial Office also works with the Book Review Editor and the SWS Media Relations Committee with the aim of promoting the scholarship in the journal through a variety of mechanisms (e.g., blogs, Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, and press releases). The Editor is accountable to SWS (through the Publications Committee) for accomplishing the goals of the journal within the budget.

Editors have taken different approaches to the journal, as discussed in this SWS 2020 session with former editors ( We strongly encourage prospective applicants to have a preliminary discussion of the work, key issues, resources provided, and expectations with the Chair of the Search Committee and SWS Publications Committee co-chair Victoria Reyes (, and the current Editor, Barbara Risman ( Members of SWS are encouraged to apply and/or suggest colleagues who might apply. Editorial teams, preferably at the same institution, are welcome to apply.

Applicants should send a cover letter of application including a vision for the future of the journal, detailed outline of the proposed editorial structure, including capacity to manage the journal’s volume, documentation of institutional support, and curriculum vita of the proposed Editor or Editorial team and any Deputy Editors by June 1, 2022 to: Victoria Reyes at