IAMAS ACTION AND AFFINITY GROUPS
How many times have you left a conference with inspiration to burn? Focus that energy.
If you are a contributing member, IAMAS wants you to be involved, engaged, and paying it forward. You can do that by joining a task force.
The primary work that each task force should accomplish each year is listed below:
- Organize one panel AND/OR one workshop for the annual conference. Ideally, panels will include folks who are new to IAMAS.
- Assist with social media and content creation (e.g., blog/op-ed article, share news about conference/MOMA award, host one Voices, Visions, and Advocacy talk).
- Help establish networking, co-authorship, and mentoring opportunities.
- Establish annual goals for your specific group.
Political and Community Organizing /ACTION
Focus will changes based on the feedback from annual conference attendees’ feedback identifying key challenges that IAMAS should dedicate attention to for the upcoming year.
Writing and Publishing / ACTION
Develop white papers based on member research. These white papers are intended to be read by non-academics, members of the media, politicians and activists. Write for aKIDemic Life. Extend outreach to mainstream media outlets. Oversee publication of conference papers.
Women of Color Leadership / AFFINITY
Designed to address concerns that may be specific to mothers of color, led by women of color. This group is currently intended exclusively for members who identify as being a woman of color.
International Women Forum / AFFINITY
IAMAS represents more than a dozen non-English countries. This group is designed to connect these members, encourage IAMAS’ reach, and amplify our usefulness to mothers around the world.
University Life / ACTION
Advise on tenure issues, increase awareness about the MOMA award, help members get placed in fellows/post-docs at your home institution, coordinate mentorship relationships between IAMAS members, and promote the academic study of maternal scholarship. Includes sub AFFINITY group: (Under)graduate Matters
Conference Planning / ACTION
Help develop conference themes, format, workshops, and flow. Invite speakers; help with general admin, panel formation, and outreach; secure documentary and keynote speaker; develop children’s programing for 2024.
Motherhood Matters / AFFINITY
Aimed at addressing mental health for mother-scholars and their children via peer support groups.
IAMAS Fundraising and Networking COMMITTEE (Board membership required. Email us for details.)
No one likes asking for money, but the more funds we get the more we can do to help young and underprivileged maternal scholars, increase outreach to new members, and offer top-tier programming throughout the year. This task force is CRITICAL to the health of our small but mighty organization.
Public Relations COMMITTEE (Board membership required. Email us for details.)
IAMAS has amazing members doing stellar research and outreach. Members of the media, politicians and activists, as well as moms who want to become better self-advocates. Members will connect our work and organization to those that should about us via public relations work, mass media outreach, and social media engagement.