Women’s Community Center Assistant Dean & Associate Director Marta Hanson shared the following remarks when presenting the 2018 SAL Campus Impact Award for Inspiring Innovation to Stanford Women in Politics on May 24, 2018.
My name is Marta Hanson, and I’m the Assistant Dean & Associate Director of the Women’s Community Center. This year, I was thrilled to nominate Stanford Women in Politics for the SAL Campus Impact Award for Inspiring Innovation.
Stanford Women in Politics, or SWIP, exists to engage, educate, and empower Stanford women interested in politics, in a community that supports, challenges, and inspires them in college and beyond.
Though SWIP is a relatively young organization – less than two years old, officially – the group has already made a tremendous impact on this campus. I remember watching them bring balloons and decorations into the WCC to co-host a watch party on Election Night 2016 – and even though the results of that night were not what they had hoped, ever since that day, SWIP has remained even more committed to their mission, and they have modeled what targeted, engaged advocacy can look like on campus.
Since 2016, SWIP has tripled both their membership and operating budget. They regularly provide tangible opportunities for members of the Stanford community to engage with women in politics, hosting speakers like Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, California Gubernatorial Candidate (and Stanford alumna) Amanda Renteria, author & activist Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter), and the first transgender delegate to the Virginia State Legislature, Danica Roem.
As is integral to any organization committed to inspiring innovation in the long term, SWIP has also explicitly focused on building a pipeline of leaders, educators, and advocates who can continue the organization’s work into the future. Through their SWIP internships – or SWIPternships – program, their educational teach-ins, and other community development efforts, as well as their internal processes to smoothly transition leadership to emerging SWIP leaders, this organization walks the talk in terms of empowering and activating all members of a community towards a shared goal.
2018 has already proven to be an exciting year for women in politics nationwide, and with SWIP spearheading innovative efforts here on campus, it looks to be an exciting year for women in politics on the Farm as well. I look forward to the impact Stanford Women in Politics will continue to have on the Stanford community in years to come.