The Activism Caucus was founded during the 2019 conference in Newport, RI during a session organized by Paula Caplan and Joan Chrisler to discuss the apparent decline in organized activism in AWP and the loss of the Spokesperson position (i.e., the IMP who took public activist stands on behalf of the membership). Like other AWP caucuses, we see our role as raising the organization’s consciousness, sponsoring conference sessions, encouraging scholarly work, undertaking activist projects, and otherwise seeking to make
both societal and organizational change in the service of social justice.
Our primary public mission is to bring psychological research and clinical experiences to bear on attempts to understand social issues and to encourage AWP members and the general public to work for the betterment of society. Because AWP is a 501©3 organization, we cannot engage in partisan politics (e.g., endorse candidates for public office). However, we can lobby, give expert testimony, and take public stands on topics related to our expertise in psychology and women’s/gender issues. The Caucus welcomes new members.
Joan C. Chrisler
HISTORY AND ARCHIVES CAUCUS
The History and Archives Caucus was convened following the first AWP virtual conference, held during the coronavirus pandemic in March, 2021. The potential value of such a Caucus had become apparent during AWP’s 50th anniversary in 2019 (cf. new online historical maps, charts, and timelines made for the anniversary https://www.awpsych.org/awp_herstory.php). As the founders’ generation retires, our archived and online documentation will become the primary source of information about our history. The role of our caucus will be as liaison with the Cummings Center in Akron https://www.uakron.edu/chp/archives/ (where AWP’s archives reside), to sponsor conference sessions on AWP and feminist psychology history, to encourage members to embrace historical awareness as part of AWP membership, and to maintain and flesh out our historical record through updates and expansions to our website, online exhibits, and material archives. If you have materials that you think may be relevant, please contact AWP's archivist, Mala Matacin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Caucus on Mothering Issues was created at the 2005 annual AWP Conference after online discussions of feminist mothering and the ways in which psychology historically and currently has not served mothers well. The issues facing mothers are rarely addressed at professional conferences, within the discipline of psychology, or within the literature. The Caucus provides a space for sharing professional work (research, teaching, practice) and personal experiences. Membership is open to all. We currently are looking for new ideas and activities.
OLDER WOMEN'S CAUCUS
The AWP Older Women's Caucus (OWC) was formed originally in 1992 (chairs: Doris Howard, Mona Reeva, Royda Crose, Judith Sugar) but was inactive after 2000 until reconvening in 2015. This revival occurred as the result of a 2014 Boston U. conference called "A Revolutionary Moment" that was all about the 1960s and Second Wave feminism. AWP began in 1969 and we had a lot to say. Suzanna Rose, Joan Chrisler, Maureen McHugh, Leonore Tiefer, and Irene Frieze presented a well-attended session about AWP and after reporting on this at AWP in 2015, we decided to revive the OWC to continue the dialog. We have an annual AWP pre-conference workshop in which we discuss feminist psychology and aging, issues of retirement and adapting to life changes, and how AWP can include more intergenerational topics. We also plan sessions for future AWP conferences and take commemorative photos. Each year attendance grows. The OWC is open to all interested AWPers, regardless of chronological age.
CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT CAUCUS
The Campus Sexual Assault Caucus was formed to promotes research, clinical services, and activism related to campus sexual assault. Our goal is to provide a forum for clinicians, activists, researchers, and teachers to organize activism, learn from one another, network, and collaborate on issues related to campus sexual assault. Like other AWP caucuses, we see our role as sponsoring conference sessions and encouraging scholarly work and activism on this issue.
JEWISH WOMEN'S CAUCUS
The caucus was formed in 1990 to address concerns about anti-Semitism in AWP. In 1992 AWP sponsored a conference entitled "Judaism, Feminism, and Psychology" which attracted about 400 women to our conference in Seattle. The caucus has been a place for Jewish women in express their feelings, discuss issues specific to Jewish women, and create programming for AWP.
We try to have a meeting at the AWP annual conference and have our annual Feminist Shabbat Celebration as well. The Jewish Women's Caucus Award for Scholarship remains in place, coordinated by Kayla Weiner with a dedicated group of volunteer readers/evaluators. Our group encourages women to submit presentations for the conference and provides mentors to assist.
NON-BINARY SEXUAL & GENDER DIVERSITY
The Caucus for Non-Binary Sexual & Gender Diversity ("Queercus") is committed to promoting dialogue within AWP about the range of expressions of sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual diversity. In particular, the Queercus seeks to raise awareness of aspects of identity that do not fit into traditional dichotomous conceptualizations. The Queercus supports conference programming on sexual and gender diversity, particularly as it intersects with issues of race, class, and ability status as well as spirituality. The caucus also sponsors the annual Coming Out Ceremony, where participants are invited to come out about any aspect of their identity for which they would like community witness and support.
Nicole "Nic" Johnson
The goals of the Researchers' Caucus are (1) to encourage current AWP members to present their quantitative and qualitative research at AWP conferences; (2) to provide a forum for researchers to network and collaborate on future projects; and (3) to encourage new researchers in the field to join AWP.
Crystal L. Hendrick