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REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: Theory & Practice Symposium

February 8, 2018, 9:30am-4pm
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 titled “Reproductive Justice: Theory & Practice,” with keynote Dr. Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG. 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. The symposium also included a local panel Reproductive Justice in WNY, with Dr. Katharine Morrison, Medical Director, Birthing Center of Buffalo; Vanessa Glushefki, CPA, Esq.; Dierra Jenkins, Buffalo Black Lives Matter; and Mary Badame, Board Member, New York Abortion Access Fund.

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



September 26, 11am-3pm
Greatbatch Pavilion, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo, NY

As part of our 20th anniversary programming, the UB Gender Institute will host an all-day symposium, entitled “She Persists,” at the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House. The Symposium will honor the accomplishments of major women in Buffalo’s past and then turn to prominent women in the Buffalo community today.

The first session (11am-12:15am) will focus on late nineteenth century women innovators locally and internationally, including the architect Louise Bethune, who designed the Lafayette Hotel, Harriet Townsend, founder of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, and Maria Love, who opened the first daycare in the U.S. for poor working women. This session will feature Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture at UB, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of the Capital Planning Group, who will set the historical stage for the afternoon session, which will turn to current leaders and innovators in Buffalo.

UB Law Professor and Vice-Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Teri Miller, will moderate the afternoon session (1pm-3pm), which will highlight the ongoing legacy of Buffalo women innovators in a panel that will include leaders in local and state politics, long-time Erie County lawmaker Joan Bozer; environmental activist and deputy director of PUSH/Buffalo Rahwa Ghirmatzion, a pioneer in human genomics research, Dr. Norma Nowak, who directs UB’s NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, and a leader of a new generation of local activists working on neighborhood sustainability, Bernice Radle. This event, spearheaded by Carrie Bramen, director of the UB Gender Institute, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, is part of a series of events associated with the Buffalo Niagara Tesla Festival, which highlights the inventions and innovations of Buffalo from the Gilded Age to today. 

11:00-11:10: Welcome—Carrie Bramen, Director, UB Gender Institute
11:10-12:00: Session 1: Women Innovators of the Gilded Age: Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture, UB, moderator, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director of the Capital Planning Group
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Session II: Women Innovators Today: Teresa Miller, Vice-Provost for Inclusive Excellence, moderator
Panelists: Dr. Norma Nowak, Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Joan Bozer, Erie County lawmaker and environmentalist, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Deputy Director of PUSH/Buffalo, Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development and member of the City of Buffalo’s Zoning Board of Appeals

Naw Ruz, International New Year

March 31, 2017

Presented by the Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women
cosponsored by UB Gender Institute.

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Dr. Glenna Bett, Deputy Director of the Gender Institute, wins Ignite Award

March 2, 2017

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College recognizes successful women-owned businesses in the Western New York area with the Ignite Award.

Dr. Glenna Bett, deputy director of the Gender Institute, was among the 2017 awardees. 

Solidarity Party

Thank you to the hundreds of people who cosponsored, supported, and attended our Solidarity Party to Honor and Celebrate International Scholars, Students, Immigrants, and Refugees on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Asbury Hall. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Commissioner Mark Poloncarz joined a host of musicians, artists, poets, lawyers, faculty, clergy, students, and others who expressed support and love for the entire community that comprises Western NY.

For information about the program and cosponsors:

UB News Center: "Solidarity Party to honor internationals and refugees..."

TWC News/Spectrum News:  Solidarity Party Celebrates Diverse ... Buffalo: "Solidarity party held to show support ..."

Gender Institute Faculty and Friends at Women's March

January, 2017


October 21, 2016 (UB Now):
UB to Celebrate Gender Week

Women in STEM committee. From left, front row: Rebekah Burke, Terri Budek, Kathleen Murphy and Phyllis Floro. Back row: Tina Žigon, Caitlin Hoekstra, Nancy Campos, Glenna Bett, Liesl Folks, Mary Henesey, Letitia Thomas and Ann Marie Landel. Missing: Hadar Borden, Vikki Hirshey, Karen King and Victoria Robbins. Photo: Ken Smith

July 4, 2016 (The Wall Street Journal):
The Gender Institute's director on story-telling

April 21, 2016 (The Los Angeles Times):
Despina Stratigakos on gender discrimination in architecture: "Architecture remains a tough profession for women to crack. In the United States, even though nearly half of architecture school graduates are women, only 18% of licensed practitioners are women. " 

Marci Bowers has conducted thousands of gender-reassignment surgeries at her California practice and is one of the few surgeons worldwide to be trained to perform restorative surgery for victims of female genital mutilation.

April 6, 2016 (The Buffalo News):
Gender Across Borders Symposium

Life of William Grimes, Runaway Slave
By William L. Andrews and Regina E. Mason
Paperback, 145 pages