Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Approved by unanimous vote of the board of directors, on Sept. 23, 2015

Our Vision: Student Pugwash USA (SPUSA) delivers high quality methods for engaging
students and young professionals in the United States in the ethical, policy, and societal
dimensions of science and technology. These methods have two primary outcomes: to
educate students and young professionals on these issues, and to grow and consolidate
a network of students and young professionals seeking to shape this area.

Our Mission: To empower and equip students and young professionals to identify,
critically analyze, and shape the ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of science and
technology.

Who we Serve: Student Pugwash primarily serves undergraduate students, especially
in the short-term while its capacity is limited. Its secondary communities include
graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young professionals interested in the
ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of science and technology. Alumni play a key
role in mentorship, fundraising, and participating in activities. These populations are
connected to faculty and professional mentors as well. SPUSA is open to students of
any discipline who are interested in the ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of
science and technology.

Our Programs and Services: Student Pugwash’s programs will include new methods
of equipping its target populations to think about the ethical, policy, and societal
dimensions of science and technology. Once limited to chapters and conferences, going
forward, these programs will include new modes of organization such as: interactive
workshops, a fellowship program, peer groups, social media, contests, YouTube
interviews, and election guides.

Overview of our Vision Priorities:

1) For SPUSA to become the leader in engaging and equipping students to identify,
analyze, and shape the ethical, policy, and societal dimensions of science and
technology by implementing programs that effectively serve our target populations;
2) Develop adequate funding to support and sustain our efforts;
3) Develop a sustainable leadership model that balances the time, interests, and
capacity of staff and volunteers, students and professionals;
4) Solidify our network and keep in touch with it through better communications,
including social media and website;
5) Engage alumni more effectively.

Organizational Values:

SPUSA values engaging students and young professionals in the ethical, policy, and
societal dimensions of science and technology. As such, our core values are:

  • Student empowerment
  • Social and civic responsibility
  • Non-partisanship
  • Robust, respectful, and thoughtful engagement
  • Reliance on scientific inquiry and evidence

Our organization seeks both to instill these values in our target populations and to reflect
these values in the core of SPUSA’s leadership and how SPUSA’s staff and volunteers
are treated.