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Announcing: The IWC's Fall 2020 Plan

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

Over the course of the Fall 2020 semester, the Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Women’s Council (IWC), will be hosting multiple events, establishing committees and publications, and taking on special projects to promote gender equality on campus.



Over the course of the Fall 2020 semester, the Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Women’s Council (IWC), will be hosting multiple events, establishing committees and publications, and taking on special projects to promote gender equality on campus.


Our two large-scale events in the fall will be International Men’s Day (IMD) and International Day of the Girl (IDG). For IMD, the IWC will be facilitating co-president and founder Emerson Victoria Johnston’s United Nations Millennium Fellowship project, which will concentrate on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five and ten, which focus on gender equality and reduced inequalities respectively.


IDG will feature middle and high school girls and the incredible work they are doing around the Greater Boston area. “For a day focused on the girl child, we really wanted to create an event focused on the strides young girls themselves take in their respective fields of study,” says co-president Emerson Johnston.


In the summer months, we have also finally been able to complete our executive board, meaning that there will also be events facilitated by each of the advisory board members and executive directors. We now have representatives from each college and directors leading special projects relating to the plights of women. For more information on those events, please click here.


In the Fall, we will also be preparing to launch three distinct publications.


The Catalyst: The Undergraduate Journal of Feminist Theory and Rhetoric is the first undergraduate journal in the nation dedicated solely to the exploration of gender studies and feminism from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. The journal will publish its first issue in January 2021 and biannually after that.


The Chronicle: The IWC Magazine is a northeastern university-based magazine that analyzes world events from the lens of feminist theory and the female experience. We publish online in September, January, and May. This January The Chronicle will publish a special issue focused on female leaders, a theme it shares with our academic journal The Catalyst.


The Chat: The IWC Podcast is the IWC's Way of showcasing success from women on the Northeastern campus specifically. Featuring a biweekly publication slate and focusing this year on a speaker series dedicated to exploring the opportunity gap in each of Northeastern's Colleges, the Chat is written, edited, and produced by the IWC's Podcast Director, Alexa Skotzko.


We are currently building our editorial board for the journal and magazine and a team for the podcast, and calling for journal articles and magazine writers.


Beyond our events and publications, the IWC is putting a particular emphasis on changing campus policies and establishing initiatives to combat gender inequality. Our first project, led by Katy Bond, our Executive Director of Sorority Engagement, relates to sorority reform. The IWC hopes to lead the charge against racial bias and sexual assault in sororities nationwide by helping make the change on our campus.


Our next project is led by our Executive Director of Networking and Outreach, Kate Petka. She will be work with the Northeastern University administration to reaffirm the university's commitment to Title IX in light of the dangerous changes made this year by Education Secretary Betsy Devos and eventually suggest reforms to the university’s sexual assault policy.


The newly appointed Executive Director of Cooperative Education, Lauren Verge, will be leading a project to ensure that there is no gender bias present in the cooperative education application process. Finally, our also newly appointed director of sustainability, Katharine Dixon, will be hosting events and campaigns related to ecofeminism. The IWC recognizes that environmental issues and health disparities significantly affect women more to a different degree than it does men. In response, we have created an initiative to address this issue head-on that will work in collaboration with other environmentalist groups on campus to promote sustainability and ecofeminism.


Ultimately, the IWC leadership team is excited to see how the semester will develop and looks forward to continuing to plan events that are equally, if not more ambitious, for the spring of 2021.

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