Wrapping up my first official quarter as Equity Advisor for the School of Social Sciences and reflecting on the many important lessons I learned last year in the UCI Provost’s Leadership Academy…. I highly recommend Andy Policano’s book From Ivory Tower to Glass House.
It’s great to be a part of a community that builds leaders from the ground up and lives its commitment to equality and diversity. As I head into a quarter of sabbatical this spring, looking forward to coming back refreshed in the fall and ready to keep working with such great peers here at UCI! Zot! Zot!
I’m so pleased to be officially a part of the Scholars Strategy Network. My inaugural policy brief, “Why U.S. Legislatures Need Social Policy Committees” gives me a wonderful platform to reach out to a broader audience. To quote from their mission statement:
“The Scholars Strategy Network seeks to improve public policy and strengthen democracy by connecting scholars and their research to policymakers, citizens associations, and the media.
SSN members spell out the implications of their research in ways that are broadly accessible. They engage in consultations with policymakers in Washington DC and state capitals. They make regular contributions to the media and share findings and ideas with journalists and bloggers. Many SSN scholars also work with advocates and civic organizations to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels.”
There are many great briefs that would be wonderful for classes as well. Check it out!
On March 9th, Amy Alexander, Farida Jalalzai and I were thrilled to present our book, Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe, to a fantastic group of faculty and students at the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University. This institute, directed by Sally J. Kenney (one of our contributors!) is doing really important work in developing future generations of women leaders, and we had a great time meeting all these brilliant and dynamic scholars. We are very grateful to Sally for the invitation, and also especially appreciated the logistical support of Anna Mahoney who is doing great work on the creation of women’s caucuses in U.S. State Legislatures.
Myself, Farida, and Amy at the Newcomb Institute House
UCI graduate student Ksenia Gracheva and I just contributed to a special issue on gender and sexuality for Europe Now – the official journal of the Council for European Studies (CES)
Here it is!
Homonegativity in Eastern Europe
On July 19, I had the wonderful opportunity to present on my work with Amy Alexander and Farida Jalazai on the importance of women’s political empowerment at the “Expanding Perspectives on Gender Equality” event here at UCI. . This was a conference sponsored by the Empowering Sustainability Initiative and the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative.
Big shout out to some of the fantastic stuff being done:
* Initiative to End Family Violence (http://endfamilyviolence.uci.edu/)
* Global GLOW (https://globalgirlsglow.org/)
* UCI CARE Center (http://www.care.uci.edu/)
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