Conferences / Events
UNDER THE RADAR: new york state elder abuse prevalence study - March 24, 2011
Dr. Jacquelin Berman, Director of Research, New York City Department for the Aging
Art Mason, Director, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
This event was a symposium on the findings of the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study. This study is one of the most ambitious and comprehensive studies to quantify the extent of elder abuse in a discrete jurisdiction ever attempted, and certainly the largest in any single American state. With funding from the New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund, a program administered under NYS Office of Children and Family Services, three community, governmental, and academic partners (Lifespan of Greater Rochester, The New York City Department for the Aging and the Weill Cornell Medical College) formed a collaborative partnership to conduct the study. Fordham University GSS is a partner with Lifespan on the study.
"ON THE EDGE" SCREENING - March 21, 2011
Speaker: Diane Nilan, Founder & President of Hear Us Inc - http://hearus.us
A screening of this one hour documentary about homeless women and children was followed by a Q & A with the film producer, Diane Nilan. Ms. Nilan has over 25 years experience working with impoverished and homeless families including directing a shelter at Hesed House in Aurora for 13 years.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY - December 10, 2010
Denise Scotto, J.D., a Fordham Law School graduate and active leader within the international community.
Karen Judd, Ph.D., a speechwriter and policy analyst for the former Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is being merged with three other UN organizations into United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women, or UN Women.
GEMS film screening: "very young girls" - February 7, 2009
In the fall of 2008 faculty member Rachelle Kammer and Managing Director of the Institute for Women and Girls (IWG), Julie Ross, asked if GSSS students might be interested in forming an Institute for Women and Girls Student Group. The answer was a resounding yes! More than 60 students have joined the group, which met monthly over the course of the 2008-2009 acacemic year.
The first project the student group organized was a film screening of "Very Young Girls," a documentary about the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the United States. The film highlights the work of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS), an organization dedicated to empowering "young women ages 12-21 who have experienced sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop their full potential." (www.gems-girls.org)
The event gave GSSS students the opportunity to utilize their community organization skills and work on a project they felt passionate about. Before the film screening the students organized a pot luck dinner which attracted GSSS students not yet affiliated with the group, and gave all a chance to relax and get to know one another better.
Awareness of the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of girls was heightened on the Lincoln Center campus as our group provided information to members of GSSS and the wider Fordham Lincoln Center community. Money was raised through the sale of GEMS t-shirts, wristbands, and buttons, all of which stated, "Girls Are Not For Sale!" Over 150 people attended the film screening, and all proceeds went to support GEMS. Founder and Executive Director of GEMS, Rachel Lloyd, answered audience questions after the screening.
For more information about GEMS visit their website at http://www.gems-girls.org. To learn more about upcoming IWG Student Group meetings please contact Priscilla Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both women and men are welcome to join the group.
THE CONUNDRUM OF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONs - October 27, 2008
Speaker: Dr. Roslyn Chernesky
Panelist: Dr. Ruth Brandwein
CLICK HERE to read an article about the event.
CLICK HERE to link to Dr. Chernesky's paper.
changing health care 2008: information leading to actioN - January 28 & March 6, 2008
Why does our health care system need to be reformed? Why now? Why do we need to be involved? What will happen to our coverage, even if it is employment-based or through Medicare if there isn't fundamental change? This series answers these questions and more as it aims to inform and encourage increased public support for universal health coverage. This conference is presented by Women's City Club of New York and co-sponsored by the Institute for Women and Girls. Details can be found HERE.
GEMS CONFERENCE - June 16, 2007
The Institute for Women and Girls co-sponsored a conference with GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services) for young women ages 15-21 who are vulnerable to abuseand sexual exploitation. Fordham social work students and teen leaders conducted empowering and creative workshops addressing domestic violence, dating violence and sexual exploitation. CLICK HERE to read about the conference in our Summer 2008 Newsletter.
fundraising for chinese migrant students - January 13, 2007
In collaboration with the Council of Overseas Chinese Service (COCS) and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the Institute sponsored a cultural and charity event on January 13, 2007. The event, which featured an experimental theater performanceand a concert, raised funds to improve the educational chances of migrant workers and their children in two rural townships in China.
together we can! a dialogue on domestic violence from social work and legal perspectives - October 30, 2006
Marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this half-day conference was co-sponsored by theInstitute forWomen and Girls and the Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project. Julie Ross, LCSW, presented the keynote and Madeline Garcia Bigelow, JD, and Anindita Bhaumik led an interactive discussion.