SGP Committees

SGP’s leadership includes four standing committees, each led by two elected Co-Chairs; see the About Us page to learn about this year’s co-chairs. Committee Co-Chairs serve two-year terms and are elected in alternating years. All interested members are welcome to join and contribute to committee activities.

SGP’s standing committees are dedicated to the following areas of the organization’s work:

  1. Diversity and Inclusion
  2. Solidarity Program and Partnerships
  3. Membership and Nominations
  4. Events and Professional Development
Read more about each committee below.

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Solidarity program and Partnerships Committee

The Solidarity Program & Partnerships Committee works to find opportunities for the SGP to move away from a US-centric focus and create mutually reinforcing relationships with local feminist and gender professional networks around the world. The Committee also works hand-in-hand with the Secretariat to put in place partnerships with global and local feminist organizations for the Solidarity Initiative.

Membership and Nominations Committee

The Membership and Nominations Committee organizes elections under the supervision of the Parliamentarian. The Nominations Committee includes members who have been members for at least one year, and are not currently holding elected office or serving on the Advisory Council. It is the duty of this Committee to call for nominations for office from the Membership, as well as to seek at least one (1) candidate for each office for which no nominations were received, when that situation arises. The Membership and Nominations Committee is currently vacant.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee works to increase the diversity of SGP’s membership and ensure that SGP activities and communications are inclusive of our diverse membership. This includes advising on SGP technology and web accessibility, promoting inclusive outreach and nomination practices, and reviewing communications and other practices for implicit bias. The Committee also advises on ways to increase diversity and inclusion within the gender profession.

Events and Professional Development Committee

The Events and Professional Development Committee provides professional development opportunities to SGP members, including events and activities to promote networking, collaboration, mentoring, and leadership for gender academics, practitioners, and activists. The Committee tracks and analyzes the stated needs of SGP members and proposes (and plans) structures and activities to meet these needs.

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Dr. Kristy Kelly (She/Her)

Former Co-President

Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Kristy teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Kristy serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.