GEOGRAPH SU17: SWIG chapter promotes equity through outreach

Summer 2017 Newsletter
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 10:50am

Penn State’s chapter of Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) recognizes the role of gender, sexuality, race, and class in the organization of our everyday lives and aims to promote and empower individuals within geography by offering a supportive network and opportunities to grow professionally, intellectually, and personally.
In the 2016–17 academic year, SWIG introduced middle school girls from Park Forest Middle School in the State College Area School District and Moshannon Valley School District to the discipline of geography during Supporting Young Women in Geography Day, organized the panel “The Broader Impacts of Our Research” at the AAG conference, put together two holiday baskets for Centre County families through the Centre County’s Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC), and sponsored Antoinette Winkler-Prins’ visit and professional development workshop on the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards program.
Additionally, SWIG hosted regular lunches with visiting speakers. These lunches gave graduate students the chance to talk about specific challenges and opportunities for underrepresented groups in geography, academe, and research.
This upcoming year, Penn State SWIG aims to increase outreach to SWIG chapters across the country as well as to local organizations, such as CCWRC by participating in their annual “Steps 2 Safety” 5K race.

The SWIG officers who served in 2016–17 were Julie Sanchez, Jamie Peeler, Kelsey Brain, and Megan Baumann.

The SWIG officers for 2017–18 are Cary Anderson, Lauren Fritzsche, Tara Mazurczyk, and Natalie Pawlikowski.