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6/3/2020

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to learning and working environments that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable for students, staff, and faculty.

We stand in solidarity with those working to confront systemic racial injustice in our communities and in the United States. We recognize the disproportionate burden of racism and other forms of violence on many within our A&S community during this time. We affirm our support of faculty, students, staff, and alumni in standing against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias.

During this time of pandemic and continued racism and violence that especially impact marginalized communities of color, we recognize the disproportionate impact on Black and African-American people. In the context of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and here in Kentucky, Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, we affirm that

5/12/2020

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences announced today the selection of four graduate students to receive three named graduate fellowships and one named research assistantship during the 2020/2021 academic year. The students were selected following a competitive proposal process the OPSVAW holds each year.

“Support of graduate students is among our highest priorities,” said Carol E. Jordan, Executive Director of the OPSVAW. “The annual graduate student support program gives us a substantive opportunity to advance scholarship in the field of gendered violence in the short term, and by what these young scholars do in their future careers, to meaningfully contribute to ending gendered violence in the long run,” said Jordan.

“We are particularly enthusiastic about the four students we selected this year for

10/22/2019

 

"In Kentucky, an estimated 775,000 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  The violence goes beyond the victim and the abuser.  Children, friends, and relatives, and the entire community suffer.  At the same time, domestic violence cases are very complicated and can be challenging to prosecute."  "UK Policy Studies on Violence Against Women Executive Director, Carol Jordan, says it's not uncommon for domestic violence victims to not want the abuser charged or prosecuted."  For the complete story and video go to WKYT

 

9/25/2019
Each fall brings a new academic year to university campuses and diverse opportunities for students to realize their endless potential. Universities must prioritize how to maximum students’ ability to meet their highest potential and must understand how to remove barriers to student success. Sexual victimization and its aftermath are among the most destructive barriers to student achievement.   Prevalence of Sexual Assault Among College Women Research of the past several decades reveals that for too many female students across the nation, college is associated with exposure to sexual assault. In fact, studies suggest that college women are at greater risk for certain forms of assault than are women in the general population or in similar age groups (e.g., Belknap & Erez, 1995; Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000). Across multiple studies, one in four to one in three college
5/23/2019

 

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences announced today the selection of two graduate students to receive named graduate fellowships during the 2019/2020 academic year. The students were selected following a competitive proposal process the OPSVAW holds each year.

“Support of graduate students is among our top priorities,” said Carol Jordan, Executive Director of the OPSVAW. “The fellowship program gives us a substantive opportunity to advance developing scholarship in the short term, and by what these young scholars do in their future careers, to meaningfully contribute to ending gendered violence,” said Jordan.

Carol E. Jordan, Executive Director, OPSVAW (center) with Victoria Beall (left) and Helen Kraus (right), Department of Political Science

 

The

5/9/2019

In 2013, Brandie Cobb was selected to receive the very first Women’s Empowerment Scholarship created by the UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.  Brandie held the Verizon Wireless Women’s Empowerment Scholarship for three years before graduating from UK in 2016.  Brandie’s time at UK was filled with recognition by the National Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Dean’s list.  In May 2016, Brandie was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Health Science Clinical Leadership and Management.

In addition to achieving academic accolades, Brandie has become an outspoken and articulate advocate for the rights of sexual abuse survivors.  She regularly speaks publicly, serves on the Attorney General’s Survivor’s Council, and is an invaluable partner for the OPSVAW.

2013 and 2016 were just the first steps in Brandie’s extraordinary

4/8/2019

By Aaron Porter and Jenny Wells

Today and tomorrow, people from all around the world are coming together on the University of Kentucky campus to explore the global impact of the #MeToo movement.  

This two-day, international symposium, "Comparative Perspectives on #MeToo," will feature scholars, students and activists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America discussing the impact, scope, connections and challenges associated with #MeToo and similar movements. 

"The issues behind #MeToo and similar movements have affected women and others in higher education and other settings for a long time, yet we rarely have the opportunity to discuss these issues across nations, languages and other differences," said Cristina Alcade, associate dean of inclusion and internationalization in the UK College of Arts and Sciences and co-organizer of

12/11/2018

On November 29, 2018 the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women hosted a first-of-its-kind research poster session for UK graduate students at the 20th Annual Ending Violence Against Women Conference.  The conference was attended by over 500 advocates and other professionals in the field from around Kentucky and the nation, and the research poster session was a unique opportunity for graduate students to share their young scholarship with those practitioners.

 

The four-hour pilot research poster session involved six UK doctoral students and their five faculty advisors (see photo below).  The studies presented during the poster session are listed below the photograph of the students.

From left to right: 

Eteri Tsintsadze-Maas, doctoral student, Department of Political Science

Sara Beth Bell, doctoral student,

10/31/2018

The University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women has launched a unique technical report for advocates, judges and court personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, health and mental health professionals, and others who work in the field. THE EXCHANGE: Research-Informed Policy and Practice provides easy access to state-of-the-art research on intimate partner violence (IPV) (domestic violence), child witnesses to IPV, sexual assault, stalking, and other issues related to crime or violence.  Its purpose is to allow services, case decision-making, and the development of criminal justice, health/mental health, and education policy to be directly influenced by science.

Each issue of THE EXCHANGE provides brief summaries of key findings of six to eight recent research studies. Following the research abstracts,

8/8/2018
"We're just starting to grasp how campus rape steals women's careers before they start," is the title of the article written by Lila MacLellan on July 28, 2018. OPSVAW Executive Director, Carol Jordan, weighs in on an interview citing a 2014 study she published with two of her peers:  https://work.qz.com/1334192/the-story-of-a-campus-rape-shows-how-womens-careers-can-get-hurt-before-they-start/
6/5/2018

By Carol Jordan

Ashley Judd (left) and Carol Jordan (right), executive director of the University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences has selected four graduate students to receive awards and support during the 2018 academic year.

The students were selected following a competitive proposal process the OPSVAW holds each year. Student support is among the top priorities of the OPSVAW, and the 2018 academic year will see the office fund one research assistantship and three graduate fellowships through three funding mechanisms. 

The Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship

The Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is being awarded to Helen Kras in

3/29/2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2018) The University of Kentucky African American and Africana Studies Program hopes to send a message of empowerment throughout the 24th annual Black Women's Conference.

This year's conference, themed "The New Jane Crow; Black Women, Mass Incarceration, and Police Violence," will be held Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31.

"Black women are a fast-growing portion of the prison population and experience a myriad of challenges related to high incarceration rates in the U.S. Therefore, we thought it was essential that we draw attention to the very real impact mass incarceration and police violence have on black women," said Anastasia Curwood, director of African American and Africana Studies

2/12/2018

February 1, 2018.  The Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented legislators and legislative advocates with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort.

Among the bills highlighted by the KNN were House Bill 309 that provided leasing protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and Senate Bill 86 that replaced domestic violence mandatory reporting with education and referral resources. The bills were proposed by the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty of Belton and Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester.  Carol Jordan, executive director of the University of Kentucky Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against

1/23/2018

Carol E. Jordan, executive director of the University of Kentucky's Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, taught a Political Science seminar during the fall semester 2017 based on her book, "Violence Against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform." The seminar, which Jordan has also taught in previous fall semesters through the Political Science Department, takes a hands-on approach to teaching students about legislative reforms accomplished to advance the end of violence in narrow terms, and the advancement of social justice in broader terms.

Jordan says her book, Violence Against Women in

1/18/2018

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women in the College of Arts & Sciences has announced creation of the Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Ashley Judd, who is a University of Kentucky alumna, feminist, and social justice humanitarian, was on campus for the announcement. 

“We are proud to recognize the impassioned work of one of the college’s alumni and pleased to have the opportunity to use Ashley’s work to teach graduate students across disciplines,” said Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

“The Ashley T. Judd Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is a rightful way to honor Ashley’s efforts to end violence against girls and women, and an extraordinary chance to inspire the next generation of scholars and activists,” said Carol E. Jordan, executive director of the Office for Policy

12/7/2017

By Whitney Hale

Ashley Judd delivers the UK College of Social Work Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture on campus Dec. 1. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

 

Watch a video above with "the silence breakers" created by Time magazine.

University of Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd is among the group of “silence breakers” that has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for their efforts to shine a spotlight on sexual misconduct in America.

“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the

9/5/2017
   

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences announced today the selection of two graduate students to receive named graduate fellowships during the 2019/2020 academic year. The students were selected following a competitive proposal process the OPSVAW holds each year.

“Support of graduate students is among our top priorities,” said Carol

4/5/2017

 

   

 

May 2017 – June 2018 Award Cycle

DEADLINE FOR ALL PROPOSALS IS MAY 1, 2017

 

The OPSVAW announces its May 2017 - June 2018 Funding Award Cycle for graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Two award mechanisms are available this year, research assistantships and graduate fellowships.

College of Arts & Science students eligible for OPSVAW funding include those seeking graduate degrees in the four departments/programs
10/6/2016

The Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) in the College of Arts and Sciences announces that it will support three graduate and professional students during the 2016/2017 Academic Year. Student support is one of the top priorities of the OPSVAW, and the 2016/2017 academic year will see the OPSVAW fund two research assistantships and one graduate fellowship.


One of the research assistantships is named for Mary Byron, a victim of domestic violence who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1993. Because of a gift from the Foundation created in Mary’s name, the OPSVAW has the opportunity to support students while also continuing to honor Mary and share her story.

“We take this opportunity to advance the careers of these young scholars while also teaching them that there are real women behind their research,” said Carol E. Jordan, executive

8/6/2016

During FY 2017, the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Office for Policy Studies at the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, will provide five community trainings focusing on the new Interpersonal Protective Orders (IPOs) that are now available in cases of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The trainings will review the size of the problems of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and specifically how they impact teens and college students. Title IX will also be discussed. Finally, the new statute on IPOs will be explained in detail, including the process by which victims can access IPOs, and the roles of schools and universities.

DATES AND LOCATIONS

September 12, 2016, Elizabethtown Police Department
300 South Mulberry, Elizabethtown KY

November 29, 2016, Marriott Griffin Gate

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