All Consortium members have an equal voice and are leaders, taking collaborative action and investing in resources, guidance, and strategies to advance a community that includes all talent for excellence in STEMM. Some societies have been able to make the additional investment of time to serve in Consortium leadership positions. The Societies Consortium’s leadership structure intentionally models inclusion of diverse perspectives, experiences, and interests associated with the impact of sexual and other bases of harassment, society disciplines, constituencies (current and potential), and revenue and membership sizes.
The Executive Committee is comprised of nine to thirteen member societies. The three Sponsoring Societies that originated the Societies Consortium with EducationCounsel are standing members of the Executive Committee: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The remaining six to ten are rotating members drawn from the Leadership Council that serve three-year terms (with some inaugural appointments varying to stagger turn-over). The composition of the Executive Committee reflects a range of interests, disciplines and sizes of societies.
The Executive Committee is responsible for governance and oversight of the Societies Consortium, including, for example, membership applications and invitations; determining membership good standing; seeking and responding to member input on direction and work products; approving work plans and budgets; and pursuing any external funding proposals.
Current Executive Committee Members
Leadership Council Societies collaborate with EducationCounsel in its performance of services to the Societies Consortium and advise the Executive Committee, as may be helpful for products of the Consortium to advance the mission in service of societies and the field. Leadership Council members serve as rotating members on the Executive Committee. They reflect a range of interests, disciplines and sizes of societies.
Current Leadership Council Members
The Advisory Council members do not include society representatives and are not members of the Consortium. They are leaders of key stakeholders in STEMM fields—institutions and national organizations of higher education, health affairs, and research, as well as (we anticipate) industry. The Advisory Council is advising the Consortium Executive Committee on key strategic areas: (1) How to build bridges and communities across STEMM fields to collaboratively advance prevention initiatives and support the success of all participants in STEMM to achieve high standards of inclusive conduct. (2) How to respond more effectively and collectively to incidents that affect those involved in multiple work and education settings. (3) Advancing the utility and effectiveness of the resources produced by the Consortium in the field broadly.
Current Advisory Council Members
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EducationCounsel originated the Consortium with AAAS, AAMC and AGU, and serves as the Consortium’s primary policy and law expert, delivering the annual Consortium work plan. EducationCounsel also serves as the Senior Administrator of the Consortium providing daily operational faculties, as well as significant project management capacity. The Executive Committee oversees EducationCounsel’s work for the Consortium. EducationCounsel staffs the Executive Committee, Leadership Council, and Advisory Council, as well as assisting Consortium Members as they engage in the Consortium.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAAS serves as fiscal, contracting and intellectual property licensing agent for the Societies Consortium, with oversight by the full Executive Committee. The Societies Consortium is not a legal entity and is not equipped to contract or own or license intellectual property.