As the 2015-2016 year comes to an end, I want to take a moment to reflect on all the Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW) has accomplished over the last year. From our sold out 12th Annual Ballam Women’s Symposium to our monthly professional development opportunities, our board has worked hard to provide programming and resources to our membership and I am proud to have guided the efforts.
This year we offered six book discussion sessions where women from across the university came together and shared their personal experiences, opinions and asked questions in a safe inclusive environment. We welcomed Elfi Di Bella, President/CEO of the YWCA Columbus, to campus to discuss issues women face daily in our own backyard, such as poverty and unemployment. ASFW also offered several opportunities for our members to gather and build their network through social outings.
During the past year, we established an Ohio State Fund (315195) allowing members and other advocates to donate and support the work of ASFW. We are also currently in the process of moving ASFW into a 501(c)3 non-profit status which will give us the ability to accept contributions and donations directly that are tax-deductible to the donor, and the ability to apply for grants and other public or private allocations.
It has been my honor to lead the ASFW board over the past year. Thank you to the members and friends of ASFW for being part of this organization and for sharing your time, your wisdom and contributing to this great association.
Renee Fawcett, President