Elaine Gordon Scholarships in Women's Studies announced at the SISH Awards Ceremony

Elaine Gordon...Trailblazer...Feminist...Activist...Champion of Human Rights

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship program was established in 2000 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a former state legislator who, for 22 years, championed equal rights for women.

Thank you to the Elaine Gordon family for their generous donations in honor of their mother's legacy: Seth and Liebe Gadinsky, J. Brian Gadinsky, and Pam Gadinsky.

This year's awardees are:


Wendy Ruiz

A Mexican-American daughter of farmworkers, and first generation college student, Wendy is completing a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and a bachelor’s in Political Science. She is planning to pursue a Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies with a focus on an effective education reform that narrows the gap between underachievement and educational attainment for underprivileged minority students. While keeping up with her academic demands, Wendy has been involved as a member, mentor, and tutor with Student Support Services (SSS) at FIU. In addition, she has organized community service projects with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), as well as leadership programs which provide educational opportunities for other students. She has also been active as a youth leader in We Count, a nonprofit organization that addresses social justice and immigration issues, and as a member of their board of directors. In addition, she has completed internships with several organizations such as the Highlander’s Seeds of Fire Program and the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative Program. Wendy hopes to not only help provide an education to future students, but to inspire them to view their own possibilities for leadership and professional accomplishments as limitless.


Sergio Andrade

Sergio Andrade is a junior completing a double bachelor's in Psychology and Women's & Gender studies. He is currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Erica Musser's ABC-ERICA Lab housed in the Center for Children and Families. He is also completing an internship at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and is expected to continue his internship with Dr. Musser in the fall. Upon graduating with his two bachelor’s degrees, Sergio plans to attend graduate school to further extend his studies in aiding victims of domestic violence. In addition, he is currently president of the Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA).