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Research Policy

NWSA receives frequent requests to support or participate in individuals’ scholarly research. Its limited staff size prompted the Association’s Governing Council to adopt the following research policy in June 2013:
  • Individuals who wish to survey NWSA members must provide evidence of IRB approval.
  • Individuals must conduct surveys through member-to-member communication channels
  • Survey communications and research results must not identify that National Women's Studies Association in order to avoid the appearance that the Association sponsored or authorized the research.
  • Individuals can access publicly available organizational materials on the NWSA website or in the NWSA archive
Note that the guidelines above do not apply to research the Association itself may conduct as part of field-building projects and priorities established by the NWSA Governing Council.

Conference Site Selection Policy
The National Women's Studies Association seeks to select conference sites that provide sufficient space to accommodate our meeting requirements while simultaneously reflecting our feminist values and commitments. At the same time, Association leaders recognize that such values are rarely realized in our culture, and consequently our conference sites will necessarily reflect cultural realities as well as our feminist ideals.

We believe that oppressive laws and systems can be addressed through feminist education and action, and that our annual meeting serves as an important space to gather, reflect, and take action.

The Association takes the following criteria into account when soliciting contracts and conducting site visits in accordance with our organizational commitments to diversity, accessibility, and social justice. Prospective sites must:

Baseline Site Selection Requirements
  • Meet NWSA meeting and sleeping rooms needs in terms of space
  • Offer sleeping room rates below $200/night

Organizational Values Requirements
  • Demonstrate their commitment to workers’ rights with preference given to unionized properties
  • Meet ADA requirements
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere for NWSA attendees: Are the city and property staff diverse? Can attendees safely walk to area eateries and attractions? Would we be sharing conference space with other groups, and if so which groups?
  • Include dining options to accommodate various dietary preferences and restrictions
  • Offer airport accessibility including the possibility of public transportation to and from conference site

The Governing Council votes to determine the final site selection among the contracts that meet the above criteria. NWSA considers prospective conference sites approximately two years—and sometimes more—in advance of the actual event.

In the event of a problem or conflict with a conference site property after the contract has been signed, the Executive Committee will appoint an ad hoc committee to review the conflict, consult with NWSA staff, and decide on a course of action. According to NWSA’s Bylaws, the Executive Committee operates on behalf of the Governing Council when the GC is not in session.