Alverno College has launched a Research Center for Women and Girls. The center will include research specific to women and girls and was formed to promote positive social change.
“We are excited for the Research Center for Women and Girls at Alverno to become the bridge from the academic world to the community” said Kate Masley, Ph.D., director of the research center. “This is not sit-on-the shelf research. This is the first step to empower both girls and young women.”
The center was formed in response to Alverno’s research collected through the 2007 Status of Girls in Wisconsin Report. The report took a look at the lives of the 360,000 10- to 19-year old girls in the state and included findings in the areas of reproductive health, substance and alcohol abuse, and social support, among others. The center, which is open to the public, will host a comprehensive database for students, educators, elected officials and business professionals. It will also host workshops, lectures and documentaries exploring a wide range of issues.
The center, which included the remodeling of a small chapel and the hiring of the new director, was made possible by a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor.