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    March 2020

    We are accepting applications from Wellesley College students to serve as interns during the 2020-21 academic year. Applications are due March 15, 2020.

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    Social Change Dialogues at Wellesley College

    Spring 2020

    Research scientists and project directors at WCW will lead thought-provoking discussions on issues including gender identity, #metoo, and family housing on college campuses.

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    Highlights from a Decade of Research and Action

    January 2020

    Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., executive director of WCW, reflects on our top 10 moments of the 2010s.

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    The Feminist Press is 50!

    January 2020

    The new issue of Women's Review of Books celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Feminist Press and features an interview with its co-founder Florence Howe, a leader of the contemporary feminist movement.

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    New Initiative Supports Mental Wellbeing in College Students

    December 2019

    A WCW research team conducts a pilot study to develop a depression prevention program for Wellesley College students.

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    Social and Emotional Learning Supports Restorative Justice

    December 2019

    Kamilah Drummond-Forrester, M.A., CAGS, shares why she believes social and emotional learning is critical for effective implementation of restorative justice practices.

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is a research and action institute at Wellesley College that is focused on women and gender and driven by social change.
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Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers: Supporting Housing Stability for Victims of Domestic Violence, Stal...

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April Pattavina, Ph.D., senior scholar, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, Wellesley Centers for Women

Victims of Domestic Violence Often Face Housing Problems

The physical, psychological, and economic consequences for victims of domestic violence (DV) and their families have been well documented, and although recent federal legislation provides certain housing protections for some DV victims, many women and their families remain at great risk for homelessness and ongoing violence.

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Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers: Skilled Immigration Policy

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Sari Pekkela Kerr, Ph.D, senior research scientist/economist, Wellesley Centers for Women

U.S. Is Lagging Behind in Skilled Immigration Policy

Research demonstrates highly positive impacts of skilled immigration resulting in countries competing globally for talent. Although many countries are continuously introducing new policies to attract more skilled workers, the U.S. immigration policy is in a gridlock with little progress.

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Recommendations for U.S. Policymakers: Paid Family Leave

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Sari Pekkela Kerr, Ph.D, senior research scientist/economist, Wellesley Centers for Women

U.S. Does Not Have Paid (Federal) Family Leave

Although research shows clear benefits of family leave, the U.S. remains the only developed country that does not offer paid family leave for its workers. This hampers women’s work efforts and endangers the wellbeing of children.

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Commentary with Laura Pappano: Olympics Are Gold for Women Athletes

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The Olympics may be—on the surface—about international goodwill, but they are more baldly about political competition. They also offer a report card on gender equity progress. One could credit the rise of women’s athletics in the U.S., not to the passage of Title IX in 1972, but to the Cold War realization that the medal gap between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was essentially the difference in women’s participation.

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Q&A with Erin Johnson, Ph.D.

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Wellesley Centers for Women Welcomes Two New Research Scientists

Research Scientist Erin Johnson is a microeconomist who studies questions in health care such as how physicians respond to financial incentives when making treatment decisions. In addition to measuring impacts of various factors on treatment, her work is interested in the resultant impacts on patient health, which she measures using patient diagnoses and other health indicators. Some of her current work examines how the physician-patient relationship affects treatment.

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The Women's Sports Leadership Project

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Ongoing since 2008
The Women’s Sports Leadership Project has the overarching goal of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on gender disparities in organized athletics for the purpose of articulating a new vision of female leadership that legitimizes and connects athletic experience to off-the-field skills.

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Working Connections Project: A special project at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute

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Growth-Fostering Connections in Work Environments

This project is designed to explore and develop approaches to enhancing business practice and productivity through relational and emotional intelligence, and encourages mutual empowerment, the shifting of organizational norms, and continuous learning and teaching.

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Jean Baker Miller Training Institute

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1995-2018

The work of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute was centered around the research and practice of Relational-Cultural Theory. The Institute offered training programs and produced publications focused on the idea that growth-fostering relationships are central to positive human development. In 2018, it grew into the International Center for Growth in Connection, an independent non-profit organization.

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

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2016-2019

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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