JEWISH WOMEN'S LIAISON
The Jewish Women's Caucus is currently inactive with two exceptions: the Jewish Women's Caucus Award for Scholarship remains in place, coordinated by a dedicated group of volunteer readers/evaluators under the leadership of Lil Klempfner, and the annual Feminist Shabbat Celebration at each AWP Conference.
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
The Teachers’ Caucus was formed to represent the position and needs of members of the Association of Women in Psychology who teach. The goal of the Teachers’ Caucus is to provide a forum for teachers to learn from one another, network, and collaborate on issues related to teaching. Like other AWP caucuses, we see our role as sponsoring conference sessions and encouraging scholarly work.
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.
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.
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.