Governance

In keeping with the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition’s commitment to the principles of inclusivity, participation, decentralization, and transparency, it is structured as follows. Further information about the structure of the Coalition can be found in the Foundational Documents.

Coalition

The Coalition is made up of all interested eligible scientific associations, professional societies, academies, and other formal networks of scientists, engineers and health professionals that recognize a role for science and technology, scientists and engineers in efforts to realize human rights.

Coalition Council

The Council is composed of member associations’ two official and active representatives. The Council is the Coalition’s highest policy-making and priority-setting body. It sets the direction of the Coalition, reviews recommendations from the Steering Committee and the Secretariat and considers new initiatives.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee ensures implementation of decisions taken by the Coalition Council; provides guidance to the project teams; and serves as the liaison between AAAS, the Coalition, scientific associations, and the human rights community. Current members of the Steering Committee are:

  • Mark Frezzo (American Sociological Association)
  • Brian Gran (American Sociological Association, Council Representative)
  • Michele Irwin (American Physical Society, Council Representative)
  • Melvyn Nathanson (American Mathematical Society, Member-at-Large)
  • Dorothy Phillips (American Chemical Society, Council Representative)
  • Mindy Reiser (Affiliated Individual, Member-at-Large)
  • Maya Sabatello (Affiliated Individual, Member-at-Large)
  • Margaret Satterthwaite (New York University, School of Law, Human Rights Community Representative)
  • Sue Gunawardena-Vaughan (The Open Society Foundations, Human Rights Community Representative)
  • Jessica Wyndham (AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program)

Secretariat

The AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program serves as the Secretariat and supports the Coalition through the facilitation and coordination of its activities; organization of meetings; maintenance of a repository for Coalition documents and materials; facilitation of links with the human rights community; coordination of the listserv; recruitment of qualified interns; and fundraising.