Introducing POWER Hubs!
What is the purpose? The mission of POWER is to connect, support, and advocate for those researchers who identify as women or non-binary in the fields of education and child development. We seek to reduce gender inequity in leadership roles, establish a professional network to maximize career advancement and retention, and enhance women’s visibility in the field. Many of our members have commented on the value of networking events held at conferences and other meetings. POWER HUBs are designed to build upon these prior successes, to facilitate more frequent connections among individuals.
What is a POWER HUB? POWER HUBs are networks of researchers committed to furthering the mission of POWER. HUBs are led by a coordinator who is a POWER member and meet regularly to network among and support their members.
Who can start a HUB? A HUB can be started by any member of POWER. It can represent a certain geographical area or be held virtually based on shared interests. HUBs are designed to be flexible to meet the needs of POWER members. HUBs may be broad or may serve a specific group (e.g., early career researchers, researchers outside of academia, post-tenure faculty, graduate students, fixed-term faculty) or focus on a shared topic (e.g., mentoring, promotion and tenure).
What are the rules associated with starting a HUB? POWER members who want to start a HUB within their area should fill out this form. The Chair of the POWER Membership Committee will touch base about how to get started. This will allow HUBs to be listed on the POWER website. If a particular HUB is geared towards a specific group or topic, let us know, and this will be stated explicitly on our website. Coordinators of POWER HUBs will be asked to fill out a short 1-page form at the end of each May to tell us about how things went in the prior year. If a HUB coordinator changes or the HUB decides to disband, please note this in the form or let the Chair of the POWER Membership Committee know.
Who do I invite? POWER encourages you to use the POWER database to find other POWER members that live in your area or share your interests. You do not need to be a POWER member to attend a HUB meeting. HUBS will also be advertised on the POWER website to attract new members. A HUB can be as small as three members or as large as the coordinator feels comfortable hosting.
What does a HUB meeting look like? The location and nature of the HUB meeting is specified by the HUB coordinator. There is no mandated structure to a HUB; instead, they are designed to fit the needs of HUB participants. All meetings must adhere to POWER’s code of conduct. Some HUBs might choose to gather for coffee and sharing experiences. Other HUBs may choose to organize meetings around specific professional development topics.
Ready to get started? If you want to start a HUB in your location, or on a particular virtual topic, visit the HUBS page of our website to see if one already exists. If not, fill out a form and we’ll send you more information, and add your information to the website.