Since joining the CSW Leadership Program, the WomenNC Scholars have met with their femtors from RTI Global Gender Center, conducted two workshops, and have finalized their research and policy proposal topics. Learn more about the research they’ll be conducting this year below then read our student bios here.
Bridget Pittman-Blackwell’s research will study to what extent do dress code policies influence body shame, se xualization, and the learning environment of African American middle school girls in Durham and Orange Counties.
Leticia Ross’s research will explore the community reentry experiences of formerly incarcerated women in Durham, seeking to make policy recommendations to improve the transition.
Jackie Lanning’s research is related to improving maternal and child health outcomes and their relationship to toxic environmental factors in Durham.
Naila Segule’s research will explore the challenges that transgender and gender non-conforming students face across the UNC System.
Isa van der Drift’s research will explore the effectiveness of Durham County School System’s FOCUS program designed to reduce teen pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS.
Siani Antoine’s research will look at how social determinants such as access, affordability, age, and education affect women’s ability to care for their oral health, focusing on pregnant women in Durham or Orange County.
Rosie Tran’s research will be analyzing Orange County public schools’ se x education curriculum with respect to the stigma of menstruation in the K-12 academic setting.
Samia Noor’s research will look at the relationship between gun violence and domestic violence in the Triangle.
During their first workshop, the scholars learned about WomenNC, the United Nations, and heard from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
At their second workshop, the scholars heard from a panel about conducting social scientific research. Thank you to the femtors from RTI Global Gender Center, library and media specialists from NCSU and UNC Libraries, and former CSW Scholar Amelia for being a part of the panel and discussion!
The scholars have been hard at work getting their research and policy projects started. We’re excited to see where their research and policy proposals take them!