• Can Extended Family Keep Teens from Making Risky Sexual Decisions?
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    Can Extended Family Keep Teens from Making Risky Sexual Decisions?

    April 2018

    WCW researchers investigate how extended family members can help teens make smarter decisions about dating, sex, and relationships.

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  • How To Be a Change Agent
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    How To Be a Change Agent

    Each person has systems in which they are privileged or oppressed. Once a person is aware of how they fit into a system, they can work to change a small piece of it, says Emmy Howe.

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    Celebrate Mother's Day with WCW

    For Mother's Day, we asked our friends what they want the world to know about the women in their lives.

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  • Women's Review of Books
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    New Women's Review of Books

    March/April 2018

    This issue looks at books about Colombian painter and intellectual Emma Reyes, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the difficulties scholars of color face in gaining tenure, and more.

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  • Lunchtime Seminar Lineup
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    Meet, Think, Learn With Us This Spring

    Spring 2018

    Our spring Lunchtime Seminar Series runs through May 10 and will feature thoughtful discussions on NCAA Women's Basketball, preventing youth depression, activism for scholars, sexual assault prosecution, teacher wellbeing, and child marriage.

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The Wellesley Centers for Women is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College.
Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.

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Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus: A National Assessment and Systematic Classification of the Scope an...

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Ongoing since 2015

This study will document the current landscape (the breadth and differences) of campus approaches to investigations and adjudication of sexual assault.

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Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

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Ongoing since 2015
Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

This initiative is designed to conduct and disseminate research that meaningfully addresses the causes and consequences of gender-based violence and the social, health and justice system responses to violent crime and victimization.

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Dating Violence Prevention Program for Each Grade in Middle School

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Ongoing since 2011
A longitudinal multi-level experiment

The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment prevention curricula.

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Dating Violence Prevention Programs in Public Middle Schools

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2008 - 2010, 2011-present
A Collaborative Multi-Level Experimental Evaluation

The goal of this study is to increase the capacity of schools to prevent Dating Violence/Harassment (DV/H) by evaluating the effectiveness of current multi-level DV/H prevention programming in middle schools within a large urban school district.

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Enhancing Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts through Situational Interventions: Adapting an Evidence-...

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Ongoing since 2015

Nan Stein , Ed.D., in partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and Applied Research Services (ARS) will address campus sexual assault prevention, with an overarching goal of contributing to national and institutional efforts to prevent and reduce campus sexual violence effectively.

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Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Studies

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2006-2014
Assessing Preschool and Kindergarten Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20The Work, Families & Children team has conducted a series of studies for the Boston Public Schools (BPS), including the BPS K1 and K2 Programs Needs Assessment, and a 2007-08 follow-up study.

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Empowering Families

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Ongoing since 2014
Children's social-emotional development

This project is designed to support children's social-emotional and cognitive development.

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Developing and Validating Practical Teacher Assessments for Use in Center-based Pre-kindergarten Programs

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Ongoing since 2011


The goal of this project is to produce a reliable and valid measure of teachers’ educational beliefs and knowledge of child development and ECE pedagogy that can be used to validate the effectiveness of professional development programs and interventions, as well as, to provide valuable feedback in applied settings regarding ECE teachers’ professional development needs and classroom appropriateness.

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Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study

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Ongoing since 2016

The Massachusetts QRIS Validation Study, led by Joanne Roberts, Ph.D., in collaboration with UMass Donahue Institute, involved the collection of quality observations and child assessments in ECE programs participating in the QRIS system.

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Boston Quality Inventory

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Ongoing since 2007
Assessment of Boston Childcare Programs

workfamilieschildren_small20This project provides a comprehensive picture of the quality of Boston's Early Care and Education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, in both centers and family child care homes.