Fonds UBCA-ARC-1174 - Academic Women's Association fonds

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Academic Women's Association fonds

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1.01 m of textual records

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The Academic Women's Association (AWA) of the University of British Columbia was founded in September 1976. Its purpose is to foster collegiality among academic women, to encourage and promote equal opportunities for women to participate fully in all aspects of University affairs, to provide a forum for discussion on matters that affect women at the University, and to initiate any enquiry, study, or action as decided upon by the Association. Membership in the AWA is open to all women holding tenured full-time or part-time positions and those with temporary academic appointments. The Association's administrative structure was largely ad hoc in nature until the late 1980s, when steady growth in its membership, increasing activism and establishing regular awards, a newsletter, and a monograph publishing programme led to changes in its constitution in 1989. The following year began a regular series of meetings between the AWA President and the University President to discuss women's equality and other human rights issues. The Association also fosters relations with University offices with similar aims concerning women's issues and is involved with several University committees.

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The Association's records dating from the 1970s and 1980s are from four accruals between 1980 and 1985, plus a more recent accrual in 2008. Other materials from the late 1980s and 1990s were transferred to the University Archives by former AWA president Brenda Peterson in 1996.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes of the Association's Annual General Meeting and its Executive Committee, reports by the Association and other organizations, published materials, questionnaires, and copies of the AWA constitution and administrative history.

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Last revised in June 2020.

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