Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

women grantsHere is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

The University of Toledo in Ohio received a $214,000 grant from the office of the Attorney General of Ohio for programs to combat sexual assault on campus. The funds will be used to create a Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness on campus where students who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence can go for counseling.

Valerie-Hudson-largeThe Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University received a grant from the Compton Foundation to support the Women, Peace and Security program in the department of international affairs. The new program is under the direction of Valerie Hudson, professor and the George H.W. Bush Chair of the department of international affairs. Professor Hudson is the co-author of The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 2015). Dr. Hudson is a magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University.

Sweet Briar College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in Virginia, received a $500,000 grant from the Judith Haskell Brewer Fund that will be used for equipment, faculty support, and the endowment. A second $500,000 matching grant was also approved. This money will be awarded to the college if it can secure a matching $500,000 from other donors.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha received a three-year, $200,000 grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation for programs to increase interest among eighth and ninth grade girls in pursuing careers in information technology. The grant will support the College of Information and Technology’s CodeCrush program and a summer conference for alumnae of the CodeCrush program.

The University of Oregon received a gift from alumna Aisha Almana to fund scholarships for Saudi Arabian women in the global health program at the university. The donation will also fund seed grants for faculty research, help implement an annual series of speakers and workshops, and support internships for University of Oregon students in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Almana is first female hospital director in Saudi Arabia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of Colorado. A video discussing the new programs at the University of Oregon may be viewed below.

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