Associations and Conferences Related to GWS

Here are just a few of the many associations and conferences related to GWS. Please look at our other pages for information about internship and volunteer opportunities as well as information about other organizations: Opportunities and GWS Affiliates.

  • American Association of University Women
    AAUW contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls—offering leadership opportunities to women on campus.
  • American Men's Studies Association
    The American Men's Studies Association (AMSA) advances the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research and clinical practice in the field of men's studies. AMSA is an independent organization that provides a forum for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners to exchange information and to gain support for work on men and masculinities.
  • Amnesty International USA
    A democratic, self-governing worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Major policy decisions are taken by an International Council made up of representatives from all national sections.
  • Beyondmedia Education
    Beyondmedia generates images and writings that are inclusive, realistically depicting the diversity of people in the world.
  • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
    A collaborative membership organization that improves the lives of battered women, their children, and others impacted by domestic violence by leading public policy and advocacy efforts; providing education and raising public awareness; and connecting members of the community to direct service providers.
  • Campus Pride
    Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network "for" and "by" student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
  • CODEPINK
    A women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities.
  • Community Media Workshop
    Encourages the media to tell the stories of the oft-neglected neighborhoods and back streets of Chicago, where the problems are felt most deeply and where solutions are most likely to be born. The Workshop trains people working on these problems to tell their stories to the media, tips sensitive journalists to the importance of these stories, and tries to create better relationships between the media and the diverse communities which make up Chicago and the Midwest.
  • Girl Talk
    GIRL TALK is a biweekly program for girls who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Guided by a Leadership Team of mostly young women of color, every other Saturday we bring an art program in to the young women who are detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

    GIRL TALK is committed to challenging the racial, economic, and social inequalities that young women who come to the attention of the law face everyday. It is not our intention to make juvenile detention centers more fun or comfortable for girls. We believe that it is not gender-specific to arrest or detain young women in crisis. GIRL TALK draws upon a range of perspectives to guide our project: critical race theory and activism; multiracial feminism; prison abolitionism; critical resistance, and other social justice perspectives. Members of the Leadership Team and the Facilitators come together from a variety of spaces: local non-profit agencies, colleges and universities, are community organizers, activists, and scholar advocates. Our project is designed to facilitate a few hours of girl-positive, creative, and supportive space for young women who are stuck in lock-up.

    We are always looking for motivated and responsible young women who are committed to working toward social change to join us as Facilitators. If you are interested in learning more about GIRL TALK or participating in training and making a commitment to becoming a Facilitator, go to our website for more information:

  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
    A national education organization working to ensure safe schools for students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
    A trusted source for analysis on health reform and a valuable convener and leader of coalitions and collaborations working on health justice issues.
  • Indo-American Center
    Promotes the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture.
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
    The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Lambda Legal is the oldest national organization pursuing high-impact litigation, public education and advocacy on behalf of equality and civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.
  • McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum
    The nation's first museum dedicated to freedom and the First Amendment, located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue.
  • Men Stopping Violence
    Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves. Men Stopping Violence, in consultation with the New York-based organization A Call to Men, has created TIMM, which helps state coalitions working to end intimate partner violence educate and organize men about the issue.
  • National Gay Task Force
    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force nurtures activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Their policy institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.
  • The Point Foundation
    The Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Their program year begins in July with a Leadership Conference, where past and recently awarded scholars receive intensive training in leadership development, accountability, community service guidance, and advocacy and philanthropy to the LGBT community.
  • Project VIDA
    Project VIDA was founded in 1992 to address the urgent needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Initially, the agency provided HIV education through street outreach services to area youth. Now, Project VIDA has expanded its community scope by initiating a variety of programs: direct services for people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and various prevention education programs.
  • Rape Victim Advocates Chicago
    RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization focusing on both social service and social change. Through their presence in Chicago area emergency rooms, they provide nonjudgmental emotional support to victims of sexual violence, basic legal and medical information, and referrals to other service organizations to help survivors make informed decisions. They also offer survivors continued support through telephone follow-up and their staff of counselors and legal advocates.
  • South Suburban Family Shelter
    The Mission of South Suburban Family Shelter is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services to families in which domestic violence exists without imposing any one solution. South Suburban Family Shelter accepts clients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or age.
  • Video Machete
    Video Machete (VM) is dedicated to producing media arts projects that promote economic and cultural equity within communities that have been historically under-represented, distorted or erased within mainstream media.
  • Women Employed Chicago
    Women Employed is a leading national advocate for women's economic advancement. They analyze workplace issues, educate policy makers, and build support to improve opportunities and incomes. They fight to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits.