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

Inspired by Brandeis’ founding values of openness, inclusiveness and social justice, the National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine (known as C - Change) engages medical schools in action-research to facilitate institutional culture changes that allow ALL faculty members and physicians in training to contribute fully and reach their own full potential. C - Change (for culture change) does this by fostering an inclusive, humanistic, relational and energizing culture and by encouraging diversity in leadership. As part of this effort, C - Change seeks to accelerate the advancement and leadership of women and members of underrepresented groups in academic medicine. 

Over the past decade, C - Change has generated and published substantial qualitative and quantitative data on the overall culture of academic medicine in the USA and other countries.  In addition, contributing to C - Change’s research on effective and innovative models of mentoring, medical school faculty across the USA (and also from other countries) are welcomed as Fellows in the year-long C - Change Mentoring & Leadership Institute at Brandeis.

C - Change Modes of Action-Research

  • National qualitative and quantitative studies of medical school faculty experiences and organizational culture through interviews and the C - Change Faculty Survey©.
  • The C - Change Faculty Survey© is utilized widely in the U.S. and internationally in medical schools and teaching hospitals to document the culture and for program evaluation. The collected data are used by medical schools and have contributed to innovations and culture change initiatives.
  • National quantitative study of medical residents’ learning environment and organizational culture using the C - Change Resident Survey©.
  • Consultation on development and implementation of C - Change practices in medical schools and teaching hospitals.
  • The C - Change Mentoring & Leadership Institute for medical school faculty.
  • The C - Change Resident Institute to address resident vitality and well-being.
  • Validation of the C - Change Faculty, Resident and Medical Student Surveys©.
  • Learning Action Network of five coalition medical schools.

Dr. Linda Pololi, Distinguished Research Scientist, directs the C - Change Initiatives.

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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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