UPDATE Issue 8
WREIs American Woman Award Gala
WREI Fellows: Current and Future
Women in the Military Project
Former WREI FellowsWhere Are They Now?
AMERICAN WOMAN AWARD GALA
We hope October 9th
is circled on your calendar and that youre looking forward to WREIs
annual dinner honoring Cathleen Black with the American Woman Award. Having
decided that the show should go on despite the horrors of September 11th,
WREIs staff has been hard at work on the gala. We have planned an
evening that will pay honor to the victims and heroes of that terrible
day in addition to celebrating Cathie Blacks trail-blazing career.
The Best Friends Jazz Choir, a wonderful group of girls from high schools
in the District, will sing in memory of one of their own who was killed
aboard the flight from Dulles.
excited that CNN anchor Judy Woodruff will introduce our guest of honor.
silent auction will be bigger and better than ever. To see the complete
list of auction items, visit www.wrei.org/gala/auction.html. Among the
- a week in Montego
- weekend getaways
to Charleston and to Pawleys Plantation, SC.
- five spectacular
three-piece suits from The Carlisle Collection
- rafting trip
for two on the Shenandoah
- season subscriptions
for two to Arena Stage
- dinner at Café
Milano, Jeffreys, I Richi and Chicken Out
- Mikimoto pearl
- Club suites (luxury
seating for 14) to the Mystics and the Capitals
- Ann Hand American
- $400 gift certificate
to Calico Corner
- case of Grey
- Four tickets
to the Delaware Antiques Show, including a lecture by
- Leigh and Leslie
Keno of Antiques Road Show
WREI FELLOWS FOR 2002
WREI is delighted
to announce that we have raised funding for 10 Congressional Fellowships
on Women & Public Policy in the coming year. Thanks are due to Pharmacia
and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, our two newest sponsors, and to repeaters
Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., the Communications
Workers of America, the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, the 21st
Century ILGWU Heritage Fund and Evy Dubrow, and Betta, Martha, and Emily
The high quality and quantity of applicants made the selection process
more difficult than ever. We are pleased to announce the 10 finalists
for the Class of 2002:
Diane Beedle Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Diane is writing her dissertation on historical racism and sexism in federal
education legislation and policy and hopes to receive her doctorate in
curriculum design in May 2003. She holds a masters degree in instructional
leadership and is currently a research assistant for the Department of
Medical Education at the Universitys College of Medicine. Diane
has also worked as a teaching assistant, a recycling coordinator, and
a community organizer in Chicago as a VISTA volunteer.
Alicia Butler M.P.P., Georgetown University Public Policy
Alicia hails from Waco, Texas, and received her bachelors degree
in government from the University of Texas-Austin. During and after college,
she put theory into practice as an organizer and fundraiser for three
state political campaigns. In 1998, she was named a Center for Politics
and Commercial Diplomacy Fellow at the Ronald H. Brown Foundation. Alicia
expects to receive her masters degree in May 2002, where she has
focused on education, social, and family issues. She currently works part
time as a legislative correspondent for Representative Lloyd Doggett of
Katie Delmore Ph.D., University of Minnesota
A native of North Dakota, Katie has spent three summers working in the
Fargo and Washington offices of Senator Byron Dorgan. She received her
masters in speech communications from North Dakota State University
and plans to complete her doctorate in that field in 2003. Katie has volunteered
in St. Paul as an English instructor and comes highly recommended by former
WREI Fellow Sally Kenney, a professor at the Hubert Humphrey Institute
of Public Affairs. (Sally has sent WREI two other outstanding Fellows
over the years.)
Suzan Harkness Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Originally from Wisconsin, where she earned bachelors degree in
psychology, Suzan kept moving west; first, for a masters in international
relations at the United States International University in San Diego (including
work in Kenya and Japan) and then on to more tropical climes for her doctorate
in political science/public policy at the University of Hawaii. While
completing her dissertation Women and Work: Dynamics of the Glass
Ceiling and Public Policy Perspectives, Suzan worked as an adjunct
professor. A marathoner, she currently has her hands and feet busy caring
for an infant son and working as a professional speaker and consultant
in Los Angeles.
Darlene Iskra M.A., University of Maryland
A retired Navy captain, Darlene was the first women to become a Navy diver
and the first to command a ship. Her 21-year career took her to assignments
all over the globe, including humanitarian operations, such as cleaning
up after Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Typhoon Fern in Micronesia. In
addition to her masters degree in military sociology, Darlene holds
a masters degree in national security and strategic studies from
the Naval War College. She earned her bachelors degree at San Francisco
Rachel Kraus Ph.D., Purdue University
Graduating cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelors
degree in sociology, Rachel went on to earn a masters in public
administration at the University of South Carolina. She then moved into
the sociology program at Purdue, earning a second masters and focusing
her doctoral dissertation on the perceived effectiveness of religious
lobbies on welfare legislation. As a graduate instructor at Purdue, Rachel
designed and teaches Religion in America, an upper-level undergraduate
course. She volunteers at Caracole House in Cincinnati, which offers assistance
to low-income AIDS victims.
Barbara Looney M.S.W., St. Louis University
After receiving her bachelors degree in psychology from George Mason
University, Barbara worked as a paralegal, legal secretary, and web developer
in Washington, DC before heading back home to Missouri for a masters
degree in social work, which she expects to receive WHEN?. While attending
graduate school, Barbara has worked full-time as a community support worker,
providing intensive case management for chronically mentally ill adults.
This spring, Barbara interned as a legislative aide to state senator Pat
Dougherty. She was then named an Everett Public Policy Intern at the Child
Welfare League of Americas Public Policy Department, where she advocated
on behalf of women and families.
Julie Okoniewski M.S., Hunter College
Graduating cum laude from the New York Universitys Gallatin School
of Individualized Study with a concentration in social work and community
development, Julie immediately put her education to work as a volunteer
and then full-time staffer at Grand Street Settlement. In addition to
coordinating a summer day camp and running a girls and young womens
initiative, she also raised approximately $475,000 for this non-profit
organization serving the Lower East Side. While pursuing her masters,
Julie also interns in the Brooklyn office of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
Faye Payne Ph.D., Howard University
Faye, the first in her family to graduate from college, earned a business
degree from Tennessee State University. As the single mother of two children,
she worked as a legal assistant and insurance claims adjuster. Faye began
work on her masters in political science at Howard University when
she sent her son off to college. Now a Dana Mattison Memorial Fellow at
Howard, she will receive her doctorate in May 2003, with a concentration
in American government. Through the Mattison fellowship, she has worked
as a policy analyst for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Trenace Richardson Ed.D., The George Washington University
A former high school English teacher with local and national educator
awards to her credit, Trenace will receive her doctorate in May 2003.
Her dissertation focuses on how spirituality affects the leadership development
of prominent African American women. Trenace received her bachelors
degree magna cum laude from Elizabeth City State University in 1996 and
went on to earn a masters in divinity from Howard University in
1999.. Called to the music ministry at an early age, she now travels extensively
to preach the gospel.
WOMEN IN THE MILITARY PROJECT
WREI recently received funding from the Ford Foundation to support
this one-of-a-kind Center for Women in the Military for another year.
During this time, we will be examining the various facets of this project
as we seek new funding sources. Insight magazine featured a piece on
gender-integrated basic training written by Lory Manning in the Symposium
section of the August 20, 2001 edition.
WREI FELLOWS: Where Are They Now?
Were letting former WREI Fellow/former WREI Fellowship Director
Shari Miles update you in her own words:
I was a WREI Fellow in the class of 1989-1990. I worked for Rep. Ronald
V. Dellums, (D-CA), because he was right on all the issues and because
he was the most handsome and regal member of Congress at the time. It
was a real joy to come to work every day. My issues were health care,
womens issues, childcare, and the post office and civil service.
While I wasnt very happy about working on postal issues at the
beginning, I did get to sit in on early meetings about the Decennial
Census and what has developed into the racial classification debate.
My graduate research focused on racial identity issues so it was very
interesting for me to see the application of some of my research questions
to real world policy and political debate.
After my fellowship was over I earned my masters degree at Howard
University, only to return to WREI as the fellowship director in 1992.
Without question my most interesting WREI-related moment was a reunion
of sorts between my fellowship director, Alison Dineen and me. Alison
was kind (read naïve) enough to accompany me on my second trip
overseas to interview and select international women to participate
in WREIs fellowship program. Together, we had experiences to last
a lifetime, visiting Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and even an unscheduled
stop in Latvia. She was an unfaltering traveling companion.
Since leaving WREI, I served as interim director of the African American
Womens Institute at Howard University. My biggest accomplishment
there was to host the Black Women in the Academy: Service and
Leadership conference which brought together African American
women academics and activists from around the world to present their
research and discuss current issues through a prism of race, sex, and
Currently, Im serving in two capacities. One is the director of
the Union Institute Center for Women. We develop projects that bring
together activists and academics to improve the lives of women and girls.
And we just completed a documentary video about women organizers. Its
called Women Organize! and its available from our distributor,
Women Make Movies. Their website is www.wmm.com. Check it out!
My other current gig is serving as Scientist in the Public Interest
for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. SPSSI
is an international group of over 3500 socially progressive folks, mostly
psychologists who share a common interest in research on the psychological
aspects of important social issues. Ive signed on to help SPSSI
make links between research and social policy (e.g., homelessness, violence,
adolescent pregnancy, child abuse, prejudice and discrimination) by
bringing social science research findings to the attention of policymakers,
the media, and the general public.
Ive been married for five years to Miguel Sapp; hes a senior
trial attorney with the USEEOC. No children yet, but hope springs eternal.
You can reach me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.