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Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program

About Alison R. Bernstein

Alison R. Bernstein was a beloved campus leader at Rutgers University who served as Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) and professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies from 2011-2016. Alison was a highly-regarded scholar and educational innovator who expanded opportunities for learning and tackled challenging social problems. After a long battle with cancer, Alison passed away on June 30th, 2016.

Dr. Bernstein served as Vice President for the Education, Creativity, and Free Expression Program at the Ford Foundation from 1996 to 2010. There she led the Foundationís exemplary work in the fields of education and scholarship, arts and culture, media, religion, and sexuality. Her highly accomplished career also included appointments at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Education. Alison came to Rutgers from Spelman College, where she was the William H. and Camille Crosby Endowed Chair and Professor of Humanities and Womenís Studies from 2010-2011.

Under Alisonís leadership, the IWL developed two new initiatives, the first on Women and Health, and the second on Women, Media, and Technology. Alison also spearheaded efforts to create and endow the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies, a joint venture of the IWL, School of Communication and Information (SCI), Department of Womenís and Gender Studies, and the School of Arts and Sciences.

A five-time author and co-author, Alison was also the driving force behind a book series published by Rutgers University Press, Junctures in Womenís Leadership, a collection of eight volumes of case studies in womenís leadership. Alison is the co-editor of Junctures in Womenís Leadership: Social Movements, one of the first books in the series to be published, 2016.

The Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program was originally piloted as the Gloria Steinem Media Mentoring Program. The program launched with funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation and is part of the Gloria Steinem Initiative in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. In June 2016, thanks to Gloria Steinemís inspiration, the program was renamed the Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program. We are proud to offer the Alison R. Bernstein Media Mentoring Program to recent Rutgers alumnae pursuing careers in journalism, media, and information technology fields.

Check out Alisonís Mentoring Tips here!