About WAC

About WAC

The ASUW Women’s Action Commission is one of eight diversity commissions founded by the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Each commission has a mandate to put on educational programs each quarter, as well as serve and advocate for its constituency within the student government and the administration. The WAC seeks a social justice framework that recognizes and affirms the multiple and intersecting identities held by woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth constituents.

Vision Statement: The values of the Women’s Action Commission include…

  • gender-based empowerment and advocacy
  • educate others about the oppressions faced by woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth people
  • emphasize the intersecting identities within the diverse category of “women”
  • dissect the complexities of gender identity, gender expression and sex identity
  • promote spaces and services accessible to a range of woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth students
  • strive for socio-economic justice for woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth members of all communities
  • recognize and address power & privilege differentials between/amongst woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth communities as a way to pursue processes of allyship


Mission Statement: 
We seek to carry out our values through…

Programming

  • To plan small and large-scale events aimed at a wide range of woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth students and uphold an intersectional anti-oppression framework
  • To focus on collaboration with other commissions, campus entities, registered student organizations (RSOs) and off-campus communities

Advocacy

  • To pursue senate resolutions that advocate for the concerns of woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth students
  • To participate in local, national or international activism efforts that affect woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth communities

Resources

  • To maintain a WAC office that offers resources and information, particularly regarding issues of sexual and/or relationship health & well-being
  • To provide resources/referrals accessible for woman-identified and/or female-assigned-at-birth students with a range of backgrounds, orientations, minds and bodies

Community Building

  • To establish WAC meetings as affirming spaces of liberation, accountability and interpersonal connections
  • To effectively liaison with constituent RSOs, as well as outreaching to other identity-based and social justice communities

Education

  • To create intentional learning spaces for students to explore topics including feminism, anti-oppression frameworks, power & privilege and social justice.
  • To update the WAC’s social media accounts with journalism and blogs from critical feminist perspectives