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SECAC 2020-2021 Team: Planning Ahead for Greater Collaboration

Posted By Myrene Magabo (UP Open University) and Lara Schreurs (KU Leuven), Friday, September 4, 2020

1st Quarter Update: SECAC operations


In the first quarter of SECAC’s 2020-2021 term, Co-Chairs Myrene Magabo and Lara Schreurs are working on a document along with a strategic Activity Plan to streamline the tasks needed to perform the functions and role of SECAC. Our overall goal is to provide students and early career scholars with key resources for academic achievement, professional development, and work-life coherence. The guiding document, plan of activities, and designation of tasks shall help the SECAC team strategize their course of actions in supporting this overall goal and thereby accomplishing the three major yearly standard tasks for SECAC:


  1. Writing Blog/Articles for the ICA Student Column; 

  2. Fund - Raise for and organize the SECAC Night; and,

  3. Organize a Bluesky Worksop at the annual conference.


The delineation of tasks and functions will help each committee member focus on the completion of the specific tasks they find most interesting. The purpose of having an Activity Plan is to aid the committee members to strategically allot a portion of their time for their designated roles in SECAC. In August, for the first SECAC quarterly meeting, the committee will most likely have their approved SECAC Activity Plan. SECAC aims to meet synchronously via ZOOM every quarter and will cohesively communicate and collaborate online using Google Docs. 


The months of June, July, and August 2020 were dedicated to pre-planning activities, which had been productive. Certain plans aimed at strengthening SECAC’s fundraising efforts and enhancing the support for students and early scholars have been consulted with ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer and ICA Senior Manager of Governance Julie Arnold. To ensure that the activities are in sync with the role and functions of  SECAC, Co-Chairs Myrene Magabo and Lara Schreurs are working closely with guidance from ICA Senior Manager of Governance Julie Arnold in the creation of a SECAC document. The document streamlines the roles and functions of SECAC (as an advisory committee). It provides the guiding principles on how the committee members shall work together in collaboration with the SECAC Co-Chairs. SECAC members Muhammad Ittefaq, Cecilia Zhou, and Grazia Murtarelli are looking forward to fulfilling their service to SECAC with the role and tasks that they have already been doing estimably. 


For SECAC’s role in bringing together the voices of ICA Division and Interests Groups student representatives (SECRs), the SECAC - SECRs second “Virtual Get Together” is expected to be held soon.  The SECAC-SECRs Virtual Get Together was initiated last year during the then dedicated and able leadership of Co-Chair Sarah Cho, whose term at SECAC ended after the #ica20 Conference. This year, it shall be one of the most important activities for SECAC. To all our friends, colleagues, and cohorts from ICA Divisions/Interest Groups, please, expect us to reach out to you soon for our next virtual get together! More updates and more discussions are coming our way! 



Interested in SECAC?  


If you are interested in serving as a SECAC committee member and help us achieve our goals, please complete an Expression of Interest form and indicate in your responses that you are interested in SECAC. Do you want to network with early-career scholars? Please join the ICA early-career scholars network on Facebook and Twitter! (if you haven’t done it yet. For those who want to know more about SECAC, please click: About SECAC.  The SECAC Co-Chairs are just an email away! If you have questions, comments, and suggestions, please, send us an email at mmagabo07@live.com  and  lara.schreurs@kuleuven.be




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