Health Sciences Women's Faculty Association
of Southern California
History and general information about the
a voluntary organization of women who have faculty appointments in the Schools
of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing,
Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy, the parent organization was formed in 1981 to
address specific concerns of women faculty members on the Health Sciences
Campus. Since then, the HSWFA has maintained a variety of ongoing
programs to promote the professional development of women faculty,
post-doctoral fellows and residents. The HSWFA operates independent from
but works in close cooperation
with the Office for Women on the Health Science Campus, the Research Fund and
the USC Feminist Council.
The HSWFA seeks to serve both the faculty and students of the USC
Health Science Campus.
One of the primary
goals of the HSWFA is to promote collegial interactions among all members
of the university community. HSWFA members are recognized leaders in the
university community, serving on appointments and promotions committees,
budget committees, Medical Faculty Assembly, University Senate, and more.
In 1995, the HSWFA was awarded the prestigious Women in Medicine
Leadership Development Award by the American Association of Medical
Colleges, which was established to recognize outstanding contributions for
the development of women leaders in academic medicine. Other accomplishments by
the group include the development of the Survival Manual for New
Faculty Members, which is currently distributed to all newly
hired faculty members on the Health Sciences Campus. The HSWFA also
successful campaigned for the establishment of the Child Care Center on
the Health Sciences Campus for faculty, staff and students, which opened
in 1991. It was also the desire of the HSWFA to create a collegial meeting
space for faculty, staff and students that lead to the establishment of
the Seaver Coffee House in 1994.
The HSWFA is also engaged in activities assisting women and
children receiving care through the LAC+USC facilities.
Each year over 200
Christmas gift bags containing toiletry articles are prepared and given to the
women at the L.A. Mission on skid row. Clothes and toys are collected for the
children at Para Los Ninos. Additionally, funds are raised to
"Jump-Start" a family from substandard housing (i.e., converted
garage/overcrowded living space) into a safe apartment or small house. These
families are chosen from the families enrolled in the premature babies program
run by Dr. Karen Finello.
Last update 1/8/02