Board

The FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Board of Advisors continued to increase its support of the program during its fifth year. Together, these distinguished women contributed greatly to the success and growth of Women’s and Gender Studies. The Board was established in Fall 2003. The term of membership is two years and the members of the Women’s Studies Board of Advisors assume the following responsibilities:

  • Provide advice to the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, makes linkages to individuals and business contacts in the region, nationally, and internationally, helps develop strategic and long range planning, provides community perspectives and perceptions.
  • Actively seek funding for Women’s and Gender Studies by participating in solicitation, donor prospecting, generating and facilitating contacts, attending ongoing development activities and events, and cultivating others.
  • Provide financial support through donations and helps obtain donations. Members of the Founding Board will make an initial annual donation of $1,000 annually (i.e., to give or get donations).
  • Take time to become informed about the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and promotes the center through daily contact. May assist with public sector lobbying. Helps project the Center programs regionally and nationally.
  • Attend board meetings; is available for consultation by appointment, by phone, or email on a pre-notified basis.
  • Cultivate and recommend qualified people who have the potential to be future members of the Board.

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Leslie Frazier is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University. Dr. Frazier graduated from Syracuse University and her current research focuses the influences of health on the developmental trajectories of identity in emerging adulthood.

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Ana Luszczynska is and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies English Literature in the English Department at Florida International University.

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Kristen Wood is a specialist in the history of the Early American Republic. Dr. Wood received her degree at the University of Pennsylvania, her works span many sub fields, including gender and women's history, the history of the American South and slavery, economic history, and politics and political culture. Her teaching interests stretch back into the colonial period and encompass the history of slavery in and beyond North America, women's and gender history, social history, and courses centered on the Early Republic.