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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women
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Media Use, Civic Engagement, and Health

Wellesley College research team to share highlights from new research findings.

WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College will continue its spring Lunchtime Seminar Series with the presentation, “Media Use, Civic Engagement, and Health,” on Thursday, April 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Room 413, at Wellesley College.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. will be joined by WCW research associates and Wellesley College student assistants to offer an overview of recent and emerging findings from the Media & Identity Project -- a series of ongoing online survey studies from 2013 through 2017, which to date have collected data from almost 5,000 individuals living in the U.S. and over 26 countries, ranging from 12 to more than 80 years old.

Each member of the research team will provide brief snapshots of works-in-progress or recent papers, including topics about Asian American social media use, gender and sexual minority stereotypes in the media, online civic engagement and the election process, and understanding social contexts of unhealthy adolescent behaviors.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. is a research scientist with WCW and was the principal investigator of the Media & Identity Project. Her work is centered on positive youth development, including innovative electronic methods of identifying hard-to-reach vulnerable populations and how media and social networking communities influence adolescent risk or resiliency. Mentoring students has always been a passion of hers, as shown by her dedication to training, collaborating, presenting, and publishing academic papers with students from multiple institutions.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. While most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), this program will be held in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit

For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline). Recordings from past seminars are posted online at

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.


For Journalists

Media representatives seeking to speak with a Wellesley Centers for Women researcher or program staff member should contact the communications department to facilitate interviews or appropriate referrals:

  • 781.283.2483


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