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GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and Graduate School of Education and Human Development Receive $1 Million Grant from U.S. Department of State

September 25, 2013

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WASHINGTON – A team of researchers at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and Graduate School of Education and Human Development has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of State for the project “Development in Pakistan through Women’s Empowerment.”

"The issues of gender and development are critical to global progress,” said GW Elliott School Dean Michael E. Brown. “This project will make tremendous contributions to education, research and international engagement in these key areas. This project will also advance all four pillars of GW’s new strategic plan -- globalization and global issues, governance and policy, citizenship and leadership and cross-disciplinary collaboration. This initiative stands out as a model of cross-school collaboration involving faculty affiliated with five of GW's 10 schools -- GW's Elliott School of International Affairs, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the School of Public Health and Health Services, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business."

The project will support a three-year partnership with Lahore College Women’s University (LCWU) in Pakistan to support capacity-building at the university. The team is led by principal investigators Barbara Miller, professor of anthropology and international affairs at the Elliott School, and Shaista E. Khilji, professor of human and organizational learning at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

“The partnership between GW’s schools and the Lahore College Women’s University in Pakistan is an extraordinary and exciting example of an interdisciplinary initiative that bridges research and practice in order to truly create change,” said Graduate School of Education and Human Development Dean Michael J. Feuer.  “We are thrilled to be contributing to the collaboration and to positive change in cross-cultural attitudes.”

Beginning in January 2014, the Elliott School’s Global Gender Program (GGP) will work with LCWU’s Gender and Development Studies Program to improve the curriculum of its 250-person M.A. degree program. Throughout the spring, GW faculty will offer guest lectures at LCWU and deliver leadership and professional development training workshops. During the summer, LCWU students will attend summer sessions at GW. Throughout the fall, LCWU faculty will visit GW, offer lectures and develop collaborative research projects. In the second and third years of the project, GW and LCWU faculty will collaborate to organize international conferences on gender and development, to be held in Lahore.

“This opportunity to forge a long-term and sustainable partnership between the Elliott School's Global Gender Program and the Gender and Development Department at Lahore College Women's University will provide cross-cultural learning and understanding between faculty and students,” said Dr. Miller. “It will also aim to improve curriculum at LCWU, develop collaborative research and establish long-term relationships between the two groups.”

Participating GW faculty, in addition to Drs. Miller and Khilji, will include:

• Michele Clark, part-time professor, Elliott School of International Affairs
• Mary Ellsberg, professor of global health and director of the Global Women’s Institute
• Christina Fink, professor of practice of international affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs
• Elisabeth Hess Rice, associate professor of special education and disability studies, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
• Sharon Hill, assistant professor of management, School of Business
• Natalie Milman, associate professor of education technology, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
• Aisling Swaine, Elliott School of International Affairs
• Elanah Uretsky, assistant professor of global health, anthropology and international affairs, School of Public Health and Health Services, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott School of International Affairs
• Jim Williams, associate professor of international education and international affairs, Graduate School of Education and Human Development

“We are excited to play an important role in the State Department’s initiative to promote social and cultural ties between the people of Pakistan and the United States,” said Dr. Khilji. “It is also a great opportunity for us to further strengthen our understanding of global gender issues, make a positive impact in the lives of many women in both countries, as well as contribute to gender development education and research in Pakistan.”

About GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the United States for international affairs by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.

About GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University is a community of learners who strive to bring the best scholarship to bear on the improvement of policy and practice at all levels of education and to prepare leaders for a rapidly changing world. Located at the hub of local, national and global forces that are shaping the 21st century, the school plays a special role in the complex intersection of research, policy and practice, and is committed to equity, social justice, innovation and the civic good. The school offers flexible programs in educational leadership, counseling, human and organizational learning, teacher preparation and special education.


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