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FEATURE: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINGEERING (UB School of Engineering & Applied Sciences)

NAVIGATE Project: A Case-Study Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Advancement for Women in STEM
UB women graduate students in STEM programs are invited join the NAVIGATE Project, a 12 month FREE NSF-funded program that provides professional development training to increase career success for women in STEM degree programs. First event: Jan 23- 26, 2018 
The NAVIGATE Project aims to increase the number of women STEM graduates who persist in their chosen disciplines, and achieve leadership roles. It is an innovative training program that relies on Case Study Teaching Methods to increase the skills of STEM women to navigate effectively past instances of bias, inequity or discrimination in the workforce. All STEM fields supported by NSF are included in the program. In addition to the science and engineering disciplines, this includes the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  APPLY HERE


Reproductive Justice: Theory & Practice

Dr. Elena GutiĆ©rrez (left), Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago and Dr. Jamila Perritt, board certified OBGYN and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Junior Fellow of the Society of Family Planning

February 8, 2018, 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

The Gender Institute, in cooperation with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, will host an all-day symposium on North Campus titled “Reproductive Justice: Theory & Practice.” Dr. Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG, and Dr. Elena Gutiérrez PhD are the keynote speakers. The term “Reproductive Justice” emerged over a decade ago to expand the aims of the pro-choice movement to include a larger spectrum of concerns that highlight racial and economic inequalities such as food insecurity and unemployment, access to affordable daycare, affordable health care and physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  The aim of the symposium will be to discuss how national conversations revolving around reproductive justice impact local communities and vice versa. 

On the preceding night, Wednesday, February 7,  6:30-8:30pm,
Student Union Theater
, UB North Campus there will be
a screening of the documentary “Jackson” (2016), about the last abortion clinic
in the state of Mississippi. Dr. Jamila Perritt will lead a post-screening discussion. Sponsored by UB Society of Feminists.   

UB Gender Institute Spring Lecture

The Gender Institute welcomes
Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser

"Working Around the Incommensurate: Brown Jouissance and Kara Walker's A Subtlety

April 19, 2018, 1032 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
3:30 -5:30 PM

Dr. Musser's research is at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality studies. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. The book beings together debates on masochism within feminism, discussions of masochism from psychoanalysis and critiques of colonialism, literary presentations of masochism, and performance and visual art that draws on masochism's repertoire in order to make an argument about the relationship between sensation and knowledge production and the racialization of our current episteme of sexuality. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity.