Affiliated Programs

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

The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine known as “C - Change” (for culture - change) engages medical schools in action research with Brandeis University to facilitate culture change so that all faculty members can contribute fully. C - Change has generated substantial qualitative and quantitative data on the culture of academic medicine.  These data have been used by the medical schools partnering in the C - Change Learning Action Network, and by additional schools, and have contributed to innovations and culture change initiatives to realize the potential of all faculty.

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)
  • Learning Action Network of five coalition medical schools
  • Development and implementation of C - Change practices

Recognizing the under-representation of women in leadership positions to be a problem in its own right but also a model for the marginalization of others in academic medicine, the study also examines lack of advancement for under-represented minority and generalist medical faculty. The study is led by Senior Scientist and Scholar Linda Pololi.

This national action-research project is made possible by the generous support of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

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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 uses personal testimony and the arts as springboards for education, discussion, and action about employment equity. Founded in 2007, the Project  conducts research, develops local and national programming, and organizes national touring for the On Equal Terms installation.

Awarded a “Liberty and Justice for All” grant from Mass Humanities, On Equal Terms is a 600-square-foot mixed media art installation that uses audio, poetry, found objects, photographs, historical documents and sculpture — 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 government policies, enacted in 1978, that opened construction jobs and apprenticeship programs to women. Had those policies been enforced beyond the initial years, today’s construction workforce would likely be roughly 25% female. Instead, women hold less than 3% of building trades jobs. Questions raised by that discrepancy — between policy expectation and policy outcome — inspired the installation. 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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Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, the nation’s first independent reporting center based at a university, was launched in September 2004 by Florence George Graves. Seasoned journalists (including WSRC Resident Scholar E.J. Graff, who heads the Institute’s Gender & Justice Project) investigate suspected injustices — and then take results public, via mainstream and thought-leader publications, broadcasts and Web magazines.

The institute's reporters identify, investigate and cover urgent social issues that aren’t reported, are under-reported or are mis-reported, and thereby help shape the nation’s public policy agenda.

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