• Ashoka Conference
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    International Sex/Ed Conference Brings Together Perspectives from U.S. and India

    November 2017

    Over two days, academics, activists, artists, and performers from the U.S., India, and abroad painted a vivid picture of the intricate issues surrounding sex and education as well as the relationship between the two.

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  • Linda Williams on Chronicle
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    A Researcher's Perspective on Workplace Sexual Harassment

    December 2017

    Senior Research Scientist Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., sat down with Chronicle, the nation's longest-running locally produced magazine television show, to discuss the rising public and industry responses to workplace sexual harassment.

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  • Why We Need More Diverse Dolls
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    Why We Need More Diverse Dolls

    December 2017

    Research shows that doll representation matters, LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., explains in a brief video.

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  • Women's Review of Books
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    Women's Review of Books: The Genuis Octavia Butler

    November/December 2017

    The new issue of Women's Review highlights the genius of Octavia Butler and looks at other books by and about women on the relationships between First Ladies and slaves in their households, the history of the U.S. gay and lesbian left, and the women2drive campaign that challenged Saudi Arabia's prohibition on women driving.

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  • Lunchtime Seminar Videos
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    Watch Footage from Thought-Provoking Lecture Series

    This fall, scholars and friends of WCW presented new findings and shared their work during our Lunchtime Seminar Series. Watch the recordings to learn about a science education initiative, imposter syndrome, a new novel, and civic engagement.

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Providence After School Association

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Ongoing since 2012
Evaluation of the PASA Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholar Programs

This study evaluates the Regular AfterZone and AfterZone Summer Scholars programs.

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Boston Summer Learning Project

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Ongoing since 2010
Evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project

This project will evaluate the Boston Summer Learning Program.

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Women's Leadership in Resident Theaters

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Ongoing since 2013
Women's Leadership

The Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) to study gender equity in leadership opportunities in the nonprofit American theater.

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Risk and Resilience of Media and Social Networking use in Vulnerable Adolescent Populations

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Ongoing since 2013
Media and Identity Study

Charmaraman will interview a subset of 30 participants from the larger online survey study of over 1,300 young people aged 12 – 25 from the U.S. and abroad.

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Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color: A Multi-level Strategy

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Ongoing since 2011
Educational Equity

The goal of this collaborative project is to invite public discourse about overcoming barriers to educational equity for girls of color in order to affect educational policy and practice. The specific goal of the project was to create a multi-media strategy in two phases in order to stimulate conversation almongst multiple constituencies.

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Media and Identity Study

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Ongoing since 2011
Studies

The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact young people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.

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Open Circle

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Ongoing since 1987
Social and Emotional Learning: Kindergarten - Grade 5

Open Circle provides evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and professional development for elementary schools.

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Growth and Scaling Grants Program for Social and Emotional Learning Program Providers

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Ongoing since 2013
Social and Emotional Learning

Funding will support refining plans for growing and scaling Open Circle to serve large school districts across the U.S.

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Gratitude Project

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Ongoing since 2015
Open Circle

Open Circle will develop, pilot, and assess new gratitude components for its student curriculum and teacher professional development program.

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Commentary: Let’s Talk about #Sex

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Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2016

By Jennifer Grossman Ph.D.

Think about it—in many of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there was little family conversation about sex. Often, for religious and cultural reasons, family communication about sex was considered taboo. Many teens did not know what sex was or how to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This has changed in many families, as cultural expectations have shifted and there is growing recognition that teenparent sexuality communication can protect teens from early pregnancy and STIs. Many parents also have reflected on the potentially harmful effects that ignorance about sexuality had on their own teenage years and lived experiences. Parents now often commit to talking with their children about sex, breaking from traditions of family silence from past generations, as a way to support their children’s healthy development.