Start a Chapter
START A CHAPTER
Chapters are the backbone of SWA, and a great way to have fun while promoting global democracy at your school! Chapters represent and promote the SWA within their respective schools, and encourage student members to engage in dialogue on various global issues.
RECRUIT A FACULTY ADVISOR
Find a member of your school's faculty who is willing to act as a liaison and advocate for the SWA Chapter. A faculty advisor should be able to provide you with ideas and support for your SWA Chapter.
BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE CONSTITUTION
The SWA Chapter Constitution has been established to provide continuity and a stable foundation for new and developing chapters. It is necessary that you and others involved in establishing a SWA Chapter be familiar with the SWA Chapter Constitution.
PROMOTE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP
Most groups have 3-5 members coordinating the work and organizing meetings and events. It is a good idea to involve as many students as possible in building a solid foundation for your group so that members stay active and the work is shared.
HOLD AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING
You should be clear on officer duties so that you may clearly define and communicate them to the members. This clarification should take place during the first meeting so that during the second meeting you can hold an election to fill these positions.
The first order of business at this meeting should be to elect officers. Once this is complete, the president will call the meeting to order. One of the first matters of business should be to establish chapter goals for the first year of operation.
SUBMIT THE OFFICIAL SWA CHAPTER REGISTRATION FORM
In order to be an officially recognized SWA Chapter you must complete the registration form on the SWA website. Your chapter will then be added to the SWA database and a history of activity will be recorded as your chapter grows.
HOLD A KICK-OFF EVENT
Once your chapter is officially recognized by SWA and your school, a kick-off event should be held to continue recruitment. This event can take place on either a local or regional level. The SWA Managing Team will help you plan your event and can serve as a resource for materials, ideas, and general support.
For more information on establishing an SWA chapter visit our Chapter Start Up Kit below:
SWA Chapter Start Up Kit
To register for a Chapter click the link below: