Affiliated Programs

C-Change Participants

C-Change: National Initiative on Gender, Culture & Leadership in Medicine

Dedicated to facilitating change in the culture of academic medicine through research and action, the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine, known as C - Change, aims to promote an inclusive, humanistic, relational and energizing environment that helps all faculty and trainees reach their full potential, and increases diversity in leadership.  C - Change (for culture - change) engages medical schools in action research with Brandeis University to facilitate culture change so that all faculty members and physicians-in-training can contribute fully. C - Change has generated substantial qualitative and quantitative data on the culture of academic medicine.  The C - Change Surveys are available for use by academic medical centers wishing to assess and enhance their culture and existing practices. Data are used by medical schools and have contributed to innovations and culture change initiatives to realize the potential of all faculty and trainees. The Initiative is led by Senior Scientist and Scholar Linda Pololi.

C - Change Phases of Work

  • Qualitative interview study of faculty at five medical schools
  • Quantitative national study of medical school faculty experiences and organizational culture: the C - Change Faculty Survey (CFS)
  • Validation of the C - Change Faculty, Resident and Medical Student Surveys
  • Learning Action Network of five coalition medical schools
  • Development and implementation of C - Change practices in medical schools and teaching hospitals
  • Consultation and surveying of the culture in medical schools and teaching hospitals
  • The C - Change Mentoring & Leadership Institute

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Ernestine Rose Society

Founded and directed by WSRC Scholar Paula Doress-Worters, the Ernestine Rose Society works to revive the legacy of "America's first feminist leader." Recognizing Ernestine Rose's pioneering role in the first wave of feminism, the society is committed to raising awareness about Ernestine, who did so much to promote women's rights in the United States and internationally.


On Equal Terms Project

Directed by Susan Eisenberg, the On Equal Terms Project draws on research, art, and personal testimony to analyze, convey, and address equity issues for women in historically-male occupations. Focusing on the construction industry, where women are only three percent of the workforce despite demonstrated capabilities and four decades of affirmative action, projects convey the situations and perspectives of women in these careers to policymakers and the general public, and encourage collaborative problem-solving by working tradeswomen, industry leaders, and government officials at the local and national levels. The significance and quality— especially in the union sector—of construction careers make them important, as well as illuminating workplace issues across all occupations.

Founded in 2007, the On Equal Terms Project developed and toured a 900-square-foot mixed-media art installation, On Equal Terms, combining audio, poetry, found objects, photographs, historic artifacts and 3-D mixed media—including Stella, a life-sized figure on a ladder in a diamond hardhat—to bring viewers into the experiences of women who work on construction sites. The installation’s 2008 launch coincided with the 30th anniversary of federal affirmative action policies that, in 1978, opened construction jobs and apprenticeship programs to women.

New projects in 2018, for the 40th anniversary, include nonfiction and poetry books--We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, With a New Preface and Stanley’s Girl--and an online exhibition that brings the physical installation into a more accessible digital format that allows for more content. On Equal Terms: gender & solidarity, an independently-hosted website with a landing page and 12 interactive rooms, celebrates achievements; examines discrimination, both deliberate and embedded; and invites viewers to use the past to develop Bold Ideas that ensure career pathways that treat everyone “on equal terms”.

Director Susan Eisenberg speaks widely on employment equity issues at conferences and universities, often combining poetry and visual arts with analysis. Venues include the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the U.S. Dept. of Labor in Washington D.C., IBEW International Women’s Conference, CLUW National Leadership Conference, and the NABTU-sponsored Women Build Nations conference. Grant support includes the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund, Mass Humanities, the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women, Berger-Marks Foundation, the WSRC’s SSP Program, and generous individual donors. Contact:

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Rebecca Clarke Society

Founded by WSRC Resident Scholar Liane Curtis, the Rebecca Clarke Society honors the life and work of composer and violist Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). The society encourages and supports performances, recordings, publications, writings and scholarship concerning Clarke and her music.

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