Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation Survey

Colleagues,

There are 37 questions and many are multiple choice. The survey will take approximately 12 - 15 minutes to complete, though you certainly have all the time you would like to answer the questions. Some require brief responses. So grab a cup of coffee, relax and begin! 

This survey will help:

1.      Build the memberships of the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and WCAPS Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP);
2.      Provide mentors and mentees for the WCAPS Mentorship Program;
3.      Help establish WCAPS working groups that can focus on particular issue areas;
4.      Help us better understand the challenges faced by women of color in the fields of peace, security and conflict transformation; and
5.      Help ensure our efforts focus on existing needs of women of color in these fields.

Your answers will not be shared but will help us in identifying who can be part of future working groups on issue areas (for example, when establishing a climate change or weapons of mass destruction working group), and for helping to identify experts in particular areas of work. Please note that no programming will be done on any of these areas involving respondents without first asking your permission. If you have any specific questions, please send an email to wcaps@wcapsnet.org.

Thank you for taking the time to do this survey.

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WCAPS Vision:
To advance the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security, and conflict transformation.

WCAPS Mission Statement:
At WCAPS, we believe global issues demand a variety of perspectives. That’s why we’re creating a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale. Through our dedication to mentorships and partnerships and our passion for changing the global community landscape, we remain committed to achieving our vision of advancing the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security and conflict transformation.

Why Us Now:
While the global community is faced with issues related to worldwide health security, peacekeeping, weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation, and the intersection of other areas of international security, there is no significant or sustained voice from women of color who are often the most affected and who are also community leaders in many parts of the world.
 
We want to change that.

Because there is no consistent venue for women of color to meet and network, we will ignite our voices and develop strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale. With the goal of expanding opportunities for women of color to impact these areas of work and study positively, WCAPS will provide mentors to young women and a valuable vehicle for networking. It will promote exchanges among professional women of color who are already working in the fields of peace, security, and conflict transformation, as well as those women of color who are considering entering these areas. The network and its members will contribute to substantive discussions in the areas of peace, security and conflict transformation.  The network will partner with other relevant groups, organizations, and institutions to build synergy. WCAPS will promote sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the intersections between theory, research, practice, and policy.

You can start the survey and return to it later.

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1. Where did complete your undergraduate education?

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2. Are you male or female?

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3. What is your area of specialization?

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4. Where are you employed?

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5. What is your educational background?

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6. Are you a woman of color?

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7. What is your biggest challenge at work as a woman of color?

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8. What is your favorite aspect of your job?

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9. What is your favorite aspect of your career?

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10. Who are your role models?

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11. In your view, how can the integration of women of color into foreign policy institutions lead to an overall strengthening of foreign policy?

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12. In your view, have women of color made gains in securing senior-level positions in international institutions, including the federal government? (Explain)

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13. Do you think the recruitment in your field has “hidden barriers” for people of color? (Explain)

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14. Do you believe problems exist in your field in the promotion of women of color to very senior positions?

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15. What is your model of success?

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16. Describe how one would endeavor to create a work environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and increasingly diverse?

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17. What is your definition of diversity?

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18. What experiences have you had working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings?

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19. Do you feel pressured to change things about yourself to fit into your career setting?

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20. Does your ethnicity make you feel uncomfortable or out of place at work?

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21. Have supervisors and managers in your career helped employees recognize biases that foster workplace discrimination or exclusion?

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22. Do you feel there would have been negative consequences for you if you reported unfair treatment at work? 

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23. Have you been given adequate opportunities to display your skills?

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24. Do you believe you were given opportunities to advance in your career?

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25. Please detail an experience, if applicable, when you felt that a supervisor or coworkers you worked with made assumptions about you that limited your opportunities for professional development.

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26. Do your coworkers typically listen respectfully to your views about work-related matters?

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27. Do you have a caregiver role? 

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28. How would WCAPS be useful to you in your personal life and your career?

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29. Would you like to join WCAPS (please check yes if you have previously filled out a membership form).

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30. Would you like to join the WCAPS Mentorship Program?

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