2019 marks the twentieth year of WRIN as a statewide research and educational institute. This represents an important milestone for our institute as over the course of those years, we’ve faced changing staff, fluctuating economic times, and shifting resources. Despite those challenges, we have been grateful for the university’s unwavering commitment and the community’s constant support.
This June we celebrated the sixteenth year since bringing the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership program to the UNLV campus. This award-winning program created by the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University teaching leadership and civic engagement skills to Nevada’s college women from across our state. Under the current guidance of our Program Manager, Jean Munson, nearly four hundred women have received this invaluable training bringing their new skillset back to their own communities. This year’s Keynote Speaker, Lauralyn Sandoval inspired the students and the community audience alike with her message of grit and determinism underscored by her sense of compassion and humility.
We are finishing year-one of the Status of Women in Nevada report’s research. Our Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Jessica Saunders is handing off the completion of this work to our new Research Fellow, Sarah Thoman, from UNLV’s psychology doctoral program. We hope to have this report completed and into the hands of our state legislators by early 2020.
We have had the opportunity to meet with many of our female state legislators who represented the first female-majority state legislature in the nation. We plan to continue these conversations as we work together to address issues of concern for Nevada’s women and girls. We are targeting a late fall legislative gathering to disseminate policy briefs from our Status of Women in Nevada findings.
This upcoming year we are hoping to continue the work first directed by our Founding Director, Dr. Joanne Goodwin with the Makers project which documented current and past female leaders in Nevada. We are meeting with community partners such as Nevada’s Center for Civic Engagement to implement best ways to provide short teaching modules for use by Nevada teachers. We continue to provide undergraduate research internships for students interested in engaging in our projects.
As always, we are so appreciative of the support of our Community Advisory Board members who lend their time and advocacy on behalf of our institute. Our work could not be possible without their support.
- Dr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak, WRIN Interim Director