Our Mission

Our Mission

The CRWG promotes collaborative, multidisciplinary research related to women and gender, with an emphasis on work, health and culture. In addition to research conducted within the university community, the Center collaborates with a range of other Chicago organizations to assist them in developing their evaluation and research programs. The Center’s mission is to produce improved understanding of the lives of women and the role of gender in society. Center staff members view research activities as collaborations in which all partners work towards the same goal.

History of CRWG

Alice and Stacie

The Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) is the result of collaborative work among researchers from the Colleges of Nursing, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Social Work, and the School of Public Health. CRWG’s efforts are focused on multidisciplinary, collaborative research and training in the areas of health, work, and culture, broadly defined. The Center is currently supported by the University through the UIC College of Medicine in addition to several external funders. The Center has received support from multiple sources including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the Johnson Foundation.

The Center encourages and supports collaborative research at UIC through a variety of activities. Center staff are available to assist faculty members in developing proposals, to provide office support for grant writing and submission, and to provide fiscal management after the grant is obtained. The Center reports to the UIC College of Medicine. This disciplinary independence facilitates working with faculty from a wide variety of fields.

In 1986, the UIC Faculty Senate approved Graduate Concentrations in Women’s Health and Women’s Studies; these concentrations provided momentum for the development of a new research center designed to promote collaborative research related to women and gender among UIC faculty. In September, 1991, the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted to approve the Center for Research on Women and Gender, and in July, 1992, Alice J. Dan, Ph.D., was appointed director. Since then, the Center has sponsored research crossing a range of disciplines; held major conferences on women’s health; developed programs for students and faculty focused on women in science, math, engineering and technology; and expanded its staff, funding, and space. The Center currently occupies space on the fifth floor of the DSHP building at 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The advisory board is a group of faculty and staff from UIC as well as community members who provide guidance on CRWG activities.  We seek a wide representation of members from across UIC’s schools and colleges. For more information about the CRWG Advisory Board, please contact Kris Zimmermann.

Donna Baptiste
Professor, The Family Institute, Northwestern University

Tarini Bedi
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Shelley Brickson
Associate Professor, College of Business

Nancy J. Cohen
Community Member

Alice J. Dan
Director Emerita, Center for Research on Women & Gender;
Professor Emerita, College of Nursing

Luisa Ann DiPietro
Professor; Director, The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, College of Dentistry

Sharon Haar
Professor, School of Architecture

Memoona Hasnain
Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine

Laura Hirshfield
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine

Stacey Horn
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education

Joan Kennelly
Research Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health

Pauline Maki
Professor; Director of Women’s Mental Health Research, Department of Psychiatry

Sharon Hogan Mastracci
Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Alicia K. Matthews
Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing

Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Patricia O’Brien
Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Hayat Onyuksel
Professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Brenda Parker
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Nadine Peacock
Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health

Janet Richmond
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Carrol Smith
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing

Annette Valenta
Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, College of Applied Health Sciences