Visiting Global Associates Program

Established in 2002 with an endowment gift to the Institute for Women's Leadership from the Ford Foundation, the Visiting Global Associates Program supports opportunities for scholars and activists from around the world to visit Rutgers University to work with the Center for Women's Global Leadership and the Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium.

The purpose of the Visiting Global Associates Program is to provide scholars and activists opportunities to explore new areas of interest and to share their expertise with Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. Visiting Global Associates may be in residence from two to six months to participate in leadership programs, curriculum development, and research initiatives on campus.

Previous Visiting Global Associates have included:

  • Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, Samoan journalist, media consultant and trainer
  • Yakın Ertürk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
  • Shalmali Guttal, Coordinator of the Defending the Commons Programme at Focus on the Global South (Focus) in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Fathieh Saudi, Jordanian pediatrician and women's human rights advocate
  • Sunila Abeysekera, Executive Director, INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Bene E. Madunagu, Professor of Botany, University of Calabar, Nigeria and General Coordinator for Development Alternatives with Women For A New Era (DAWN)
  • Wanda Nowicka, President, Federation for Women and Family Planning, Warsaw, Poland
  • Mary Jane Real, Coordinator, International Campaign on Women Human Rights Defenders, Manila, Philippines
  • Marcela Olivera, Latin American coordinator for the Water for All campaign, Cochabamba, Bolivia

For more information about the Visiting Global Associate opportunity, contact Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director.


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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555
P: 848.932.1463

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