Are you interested in becoming a senator and want to learn more about the job responsibilities?
Senators are responsible for charting the strategic direction of SWE by developing and adopting the long-range goals for the Society, in addition to developing and/or adopting proposed changes to the Society bylaws, policies, and procedures that are in line with the strategic plan. The senate is made up of 2 professional and 1 collegiate senator per region, 2 international senator, and up to 2 special senators elected to provide specific expertise to the body when needed. The Board of Directors and Senate Leadership Team are also non-voting members of the senate. In order to conduct business throughout the year, the senate meets virtually monthly and face-to-face two times per year: at the Annual Conference and at the Winter Senate Meeting.
Senators are expected to:
- Come prepared to all senate meetings
- Read all provided materials in advance
- Discuss proposals among senators and constituents in advance of voting meetings
- As needed:
- Review the senate procedures and SWE Bylaws
- Review parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order
- Confer with other senators, speaker/deputy speaker, bylaws committee, participate in SWE Senate Teamwork discussions
- Vote promptly on the senate minutes and any other motions presented electronically or by mail
- Regularly participate on the senate committees and task forces
With the governance changes, there will be a few changes to the senate in FY18. The senate will assume the responsibilities of the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) and the Strategic Initiatives Committee (SIC). By taking on this work, the senate will operate as strategic body in alignment to its charter and the strategic plan. Senators and other SWE leaders will also begin to recruit and elect new senators based on leadership competencies with focus on strategic thinking/ planning, not geographically.
To find out more about becoming a senator, please reach out to your Region C Senators: Olivia LeBlanc, Kate Van Dellen, and Liberty Schmidt or any of your current/ past senators and region officers.