Since being established in 1993, the Initiatives For Women (IFW) program at the University at Albany has grown by leaps and bounds. From its modest beginnings of providing 10 grants in its first year, IFW has raised over $1,000,000 in funds to date that are doing one thing - supporting the dreams of hundreds of women students, faculty and staff at the University.
Initiatives For Women's leadership structure has consisted of a single chair, who was responsible for general oversight of the entire organization, a steering committee, who served as committee chairs and co-chairs for projects and events, and associate members, who provided general support whenever possible.
In reponse to the growth the organization has experienced over the past several years, in the spring of 2005, IFW adopted a shared leadership model. The Leadership Council will split the tasks that historically where managed by the single chair. Calling on the expertise that already exists in the organization, 8 women will spearhead the membership: awards application process, fundraising, finance, public relations and events committees. In addition, the Council als includes a primary spokesperson and Leadership Council chair and a campus leadership liaison. Former IFW Steering Committee members and Associates ow volunteer to work on these subcommittes.
If you are interested in volunteering on any of the IFW subcommittees, please contact Carol Anne Germain.