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What is an Advocacy Group?

  • Special interest groups

    • A way to give YOU, the members, a bigger voice in our Chapter’s programming

    • Examples:

      • Pre-Med AG

      • LGBTQ+ AG

      • International Student AG

  • 2-3 members per group will be selected, they will be called Advocates!

    • Each group will be required to give a pitch to the Leadership Team once a month

      • Pitches will be 3-5 minute presentations that describe and event/program/activity that the AG believes we can facilitate that will help their cause

  • Email wsssdsupresident@gmail.com if you want to start or join an AG

Have an idea for the club or an event but don't need an entire advocacy group to be involved? Then contact our events coordinator by clicking here!

Why Make an Advocacy Group?

- Getting involved in Women in Science Society is the best way to ensure you are getting the most out of the club

- Make events that are entirely your own!

- Share your ideas to make sure that your cause is being heard

- Build your resume by taking a lead on running, promoting, contacting industry leaders, and coming up with events

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PrePhD

Jenny O'Connor & Chloe Sobolewski

Most PhD programs are very male-dominated and it is incredibly difficult to find clear and concise information about various programs, their requirements, etc. In addition, it is difficult to find people who have the same PhD bound goals. This group was created to form a tighter-knit community and overall provide the support to each other that is seemingly impossible to find!

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LGBTQIA+

Marissa Proost, Hannah Reynolds, Amanda Chavez, Isabella Sardo, Juliana Tesselaar

"We think that it is vital to demonstrate support for womxn and nonbinary folks in science. Science is so often broken up and analyzed by gender, especially when analyzing wages, yet so often the queer community is left out of that conversation. We want this advocacy group to call in our queer members and allies for a supportive and engaging conversation on LGBTQIA+ people in science.We would like to collaborate with the San Diego Pride Center as well as the SDSU Pride Center here on campus to discuss how to specifically support our queer community in science and in the STEM educational journey. We would also love to put together a panel of queer female and/or nonbinary scientists as well as students to discuss the experience of the LGBTQIA+ community."

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Health and Wellness

Tabitha Fleck & Arezo Nawaey 

"As we all know, studying in the field of science is extremely demanding and stressful. I believe so many of us put our grades and academics before our own wellbeing at times, and this advocacy is a great way to counteract that tendency! In this advocacy group, I would like to gather like-minded girls who enjoy being active and eating healthy while trying to balance these priorities with their rigorous course loads! This group is really good for everyone in WSS, no matter their major or career goals."

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Pre-Healtth

Sabrina Cesare & Ciel Azure

"I joined WSS for a community of women who share interest in Sciences and found a support system. In the Pre-Health AG group, we wanted to bring a community that would specifically advance to continue and stay motivated in their career path through academics and balanced relaxation. We are here to support you academically, but this is also a welcoming community to support you as well."

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