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GWEM July 2021 GLOBAL WOMEN S EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT PLUS Best Failures with Dr Huber Ally ship with Dr Karen King The Dreamer Editon EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH INDIA WALTON ROOTED IN LOVE President Maurie McInnis of StonyBrook University Ajura Clothing

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GWEM DREAMERS EDITION CONTENTS 05 EDITOR S NOTE Editor in Chief Amanda Hart introduces the dreamer issue 07 GWEMS BOOK CLUB Powerful stories from women and women authors 09 AJURA STYLES 18 MS INDIA WALTON S CAMPAIGN ROOTED IN LOVE Dreamer Ajura Styles Ltd Shares with us some of her insight on why creating Ecofriendly designs are empowering 14 MOVING THE NEEDLE GWEM Interviews Dreamer Hilary Vanderbark as she explores her career and education 09 AJURA CLOTHING GWEM interviews Ajura Clothing from Uganda who shares with us their passion for creating a sustainable clothing brand 26 DR MAURIE MCINNIS President of StonyBrook University Dr Maurie McInnis has an interview with GWEM discussing her role in bringing the HE for She Alliance to her university 18 EXCLUSIVE INDIA WALTON S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GWEM MAGAZINE

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GWEM DREAMERS EDITION CONTENTS GWEM MUSTS 27 RE IMAGINING WHITE WOMAN ALLYSHIP Dr Karen King discusses allyship within the current social climate 27 DR KAREN KING 41 30 EXPLORING OUR BEST FAILURES Dr Mara Huber Associate Dean of the Experiential Learning Network talks about how to explore our best failures DESIGNING SUSTAINABLE LATRINES FOR RARANYA TANZANIA Ashley about project being a major Perez talks writes her sustainablity and what it is like female engineering

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editor s note Dreamers hold a special place in my heart When I was growing up I was always called out for my head being in the clouds I wish I could refute this claim but the truth is that my hopes have always aspired upward Concerning Women s Empowerment dreams are essential They empower us from within to be courageous make important decisions and trudge forward even when it is tough to do so Dreams challenge our current perspective and allow us to think outside of the box In order to solve the complex social problems related to Women s initiatives we have to allow ourselves to dream of new solutions When we dream we allow ourselves to imagine a future we would like to be in an uncharted territory Dreaming encompasses our fullest potential wrapped in a desire for change This issue explores women that look upward instead of trudging along with the path they were given These women believe in taking control of their destiny Every path we walk is a choice and it is up to us on how we move forward Cheers Amanda Hart EDITOR IN CHIEF

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GWEM S BOOK CLUB BOOKS WITH BIG DREAMS Hidden Figures Modern HERstory Lila Grey Let Go of the Day Blair Imani Margot Lee Shetterly Autumn Radle Why Women will Save the Planet The Beauty Myth Available on Amazon

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Editorial Amanda Hart Editor In Chief Digital Design Media Photography Press Relations Bryan Hart ELN Intern Assistant Editor Hannah Baker ELN Mentor Dr Mara Huber Advertising Website Manager Bryan Hart bryan gwemag com Subscriptions Visit www gwemag com or contact Amanda Hart admin gwemag com All materials contained within this periodical are protected by United States copyright law and except where expressly stated may not be modified reproduced republished broadcast or redistributed without the prior written permission of GWEM Magazine editor in Cheif or by participating authors in the case of third party materials the original copyright holder However you may download material from the website for your personal noncommercial use only 2021 The Global Women s Empowerment Movement aka GWEM www gwemag com info gwemag com Published monthly by Buffalo Custom Art All Rights Reserved GLOBAL WOMEN S EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT Credits GWEM Vol 1 Issue 2 July 2021

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WE MAKE PATTERNS FROM LEAVES AND FLOWERS WE COLLECT FROM NATURE There are few people as charismatic as Sharon Her passion for making ecofriendly clothing is just as infectious With beautiful designs and colors you would think they would have to be made with chemical dyes However Ajura Styles has shown us that using non toxic dyes is not only doable but better for the environment GWEM interviewed Ms Sharon Anena who shared with us how making Ecofriendly clothing has empowered her Why is sustainable fashion something we must aspire to According to the Environmental Protection Agency s report Waste from the Production Of Dyes and Pigments Listed as Hazardous clothing and cosmetic dyes are being listed as EPA hazardous waste K181 Examples of this are commonly found in food drug and cosmetic colorants FD C According to TrustedClothes com nearly 10 15 of dyes are released into the environment causing water pollution This situation puts Ajura Styles in the correct position to combat pollution in their area and empower other women Ajura Styles is listed on UB s ELN Network On their profile page Ajura Styles states We also offer training to support young women and girls in the area of Eco friendly fashion as well as training with garment cutting and construction These skills support women s independence and success Sharon has proved through her determination and empowerment that we should make responsible decisions when buying clothing Check out the following interview on the next page

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where do you find your inspiration for your 19 clothing I find inspiration from nature and the people around me I love to create new things and this happens when i think of something new while i am walking on the road or when I hear conversations from the people around me How does personally making clothing empower you Over the times i have made clothes i have increasingly grown in my idea generations and also gained financial independence because of what I ve created I have also been in a position to support young mothers who have supported me to grow my brand and this gives me the sense of empowerment because then the fulfillment of helping others grow comes in Tell me about the process how long in average do you spend a week working in your designs We buy plain fabric from the market we look at the capabilities of it holding the pigment from the leaves flowers and grass that we will use to create patterns We then wash the clothes and cut them in sizes that will fit our steaming pan please the leaves on them in the pattern we want roll them up tie them and then steam them overnight We take approximately 20 hours sometimes even more depending on how huge the production of a particular batch takes How do your clothes help the environment We make patterns from leaves and flowers we collect from nature This process doesn t involve dumping toxic wastes as the leaves we use to steam are OK and can be thrown back into the soil to make manure and make soils

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19 Sharon Anena is the Administrative Director at the Global Youth Conference GYCO Academy and Owner of Ajura Styles Ltd

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WRITTEN BY AMANDA HART MOVING THE NEEDLE Interview with Hilary Vanderbark Hilary Vanderbark is smiling as she talks about her educational background As a Ph D candidate in the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies Department and a graduate assistant at the University at Buffalo s Gender Institute Hilary exudes enthusiasm as she talks with GWEM Editor in Chief Amanda Hart about her journey Coming from a conservative household in rural Washington Hilary was home schooled She started college early at the age of sixteen At this point in her life Hilary found that just mere exposure to cultural diversity made her reexamine her worldview and question the beliefs she had grown up with and internalized She majored initially as an international relation major so she could pursue global advocacy work However this was refocused as she pursued graduate studies when she recounted her own experience with sexual violence She admits she never really registered what had happened to her until having a conversation with a friend The experience had shifted her whole worldview Through her own experiences Hilary became an advocate and became an educator in women s research and women s initiatives Hilary received her Master s Degree in 2017 and is now working on her dissertation which she states will be finished soon She finds her work rewarding as she can blend academia with the advocacy work she is interested in Hilary is currently researching how the government responds to sexual violence and how social activism moves the needle on what the state does Hilary states Where do we leverage our social powers as survivors and victims with advocates Government work is slow There will always be a lag between activist demand and the government s ability to respond In 2019 Hilary participated in a SUNY Albany Women and Public Policy Fellowship and worked at New York State s Office for Prevention of Domestic Violence as a consultant She loved doing policy consulting You get to use your academic skills for analysis with the hopes that it leads to something

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Recently she assisted Dr Kari Winter a professor in When GWEM asked Hilary what empowerment the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality means to her she told us that it means having the studies with the Kamala Harris Celebration The autonomy ability to self determine such as having celebration was part two of a solidarity project that access was happening while the Muslim ban was ongoing support for women to run in political campaigns President Trump issued a Muslim ban an executive Empowerment though can be problematic when it order banning travel from several primarily Muslim is individualized She states to contraception representation and countries during his administration His executive and GWEM has been slated to be a feminist magazine Islamophobia in the U S but also incited outrage The We asked Hilary why people are nervous about the first solidarity series featured refugee poets and word Feminism What is the big deal Is feminism speakers and was more resistance based Part two evolving from the 1960 s version of the meaning of this series celebrates how women have finally Yes and No Hilary replies When we think turned another corner in history with the election of about Vice President Kamala Harris GWEM asked Hilary intersectionality The most privileged people get why Vice President Harris should be celebrated and the most attention in mainstream feminism and the answer was clear Women s representation they mess up or miss the mark sometimes which matters Not because women inherently make better leads to miscommunication about what feminism policy decisions but when we have more women in is Feminism is not just one agenda There are over power you tend to see more family oriented twenty different versions of feminism People s policies intersectional policies Although I have a perceptions have changed and your tilt in the healthy skepticism toward most politicians Vice world will affect how you view feminism I am not President Harris broke barriers that women even too fond of the strategy of downplaying what more privileged could not break like Former feminism is It is about making sure we dismantle Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Senator the systems that made us unequal order not only furthered xenophobia Elizabeth Warren If you can make Brett Kavanaugh cry you have my vote she said with a smile 15 feminism now we talk more about

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As the interview ends Hilary tells us that her most significant accomplishment is printing the body draft to her dissertation As a first generation college student and the first person in her family to pursue a Ph D she admits I have had many privileges to get to this point but privilege does not negate hard work Just because it is scary and difficult does not mean you cannot do it Some of us know exactly where we want to be in life and have the resources in the palm of our hand and some of us coast through and things gradually work themselves out Many more can only make the best out of what cards they have been given some never even get a full deck of cards It is society s job to make sure people are dealt better cards People like Hilary and those who entrench themselves in advocacy work are up to a tremendous and daunting task Society needs to make sure the needle keeps moving Whatever direction Hilary decides to take her hard work we can be sure she will be moving the needle within the industry she chooses whether it be policy work or as an advocate 16

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The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives MALALA YOUSAFZAI 24

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ROOTED IN LOVE INTERVIEW REPORTED WRITTEN BY AMANDA HART Ms India Walton is poised to become the next mayor of Buffalo New York While the original campaign was not taken seriously by the long time sitting Mayor Bryon Brown the city s politicians are shaking in their boots Walton was interviewed this month by GWEM Magazine Staff Amanda Hart and Hannah Baker It is an exciting time for women on the political front right now The election of VP Kamala Harris and other women has impacted political representation however it has not necessarily translated into more empowering decision making Female elected officials need to be followed up with institutional changes a challenge all on its own Welcome India Walton Ms Walton has made it clear that she is ready to spearhead institutional changes Walton s progressive socialist politics have been on the minds of most Buffalonians these days Whether you agree or disagree with her political views there is no debate that her upset against Mayor Byron Brown is historic As the winner of the Democratic primary she is likely to become the next and first female mayor in Buffalo During our half hour interview over zoom we had the opportunity to talk about her political concepts and her plans for the future The following interview is a transcript from our zoom interview which has been lightly edited for grammatical clarity Amanda I read that at an early age you were involved in political activism Where did that passion come from Walton I think I was involved in political activism at an early age but did not know it My mother married a man serving a 25 year to life sentence in prison due to a drug charge stemming from the Rockefeller drug laws and mandatory minimums in the early 90s We went up to Albany to fight for his release and eventually he came home I was so proud of the work that we had done to bring my dad home and I think that was just something that always stuck with me Amanda What philosophy do you borrow your politics from I love that you have said that your campaign is rooted in love Have you borrowed any of your political concepts from history Walton I think my political concepts are the opposite of what we believe politics to be in this country By that I believe that the people closest to the problem are closest to the solution The most appropriate legislators and leaders are not those with advanced degrees but those with experiential expertise Such as people who work mothers who raise children teachers and just everyday folks who are experiencing the challenges on the ground They have had lots of time to think about all of the things that we would do different and better if given the opportunity and the resources

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INDIA WALTON Hannah Following the mission of GWEM in empowering women what are some ways you would like to empower women and promote gender equality Walton The most important thing to me when it comes to supporting women is that many times in the movement we refer to feminizing politics That means that we take into account that many women need access to childcare in order to participate not only professionally but civically There are so many prohibitive things when you are the primary caregiver for a child parents or even siblings We are used to men holding positions of leadership We ignore the fact that it is because of the feminine workforce and the labor of women that they can be in positions of leadership Someone is working behind the scenes to make sure that person has an ironed shirt and that their children are cared for and that their lunch is packed When we enter into those spaces we are expected to do all of the things we are expected to do and everything else I think changing the narrative around what it means to work hard and building care for ourselves is okay Take a break It is okay to be emotional It is okay to feel overwhelmed It is okay to ask for help It is okay not to have all of the answers It is just starting there with being recognized as actual people We need to stop putting these superhuman expectations on ourselves Amanda How do you plan to encourage education for young women Walton I am particularly interested in the demographic of people called A L I C E s Asset limited income constrained employed When you make just enough money to not qualify for any assistance but you make too little to make a change in your life I am in the process of building a relationship with an organization called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income Mayors for a Guaranteed Income targets people in that A L I C E demographic It would give people access to an extra couple hundred dollars a month It would allow them to have access to childcare transportation paying off that last bit of tuition to advance their education etc A guaranteed income could enrich the life of that individual their children or their family so that they can move up the socio economic ladder That is one thing that I am excited about being able to champion once I am in office

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Hannah Focusing on the same idea of barriers but turning to your campaign what is the biggest personal challenge or barrier that you had faced from when you announced your campaign until now Walton I think the biggest challenge for me is the inhumanity No one cares that you are an actual human in politics and you have made mistakes they use that to exploit the fame and make you seem untrustworthy I know that I am doing the right thing but it does not make it any less hurtful especially knowing that I have children who are old enough to see what is on social media and in the news Having to answer their questions having to explain things not only to them but also constantly relive and defend myself against traumas that I have experienced Like wow this is messed up However I can set the example I can not only overcome and survive but also thrive I take it in stride with grace and poise and say yeah it is just something that happened but it is something that helped to make me into a stronger person A person who can solve problems build bridges and be very empathetic and compassionate when it comes to other people s problems Amanda How are you overcoming those challenges to adversity What are some tips that you would give other women who are struggling with your same struggles Walton You know I treat myself and others with a whole lot of grace I try not to take anything personally I stay out of the comments section And even sometimes when I venture in there I say you know what this is a small minority I cling to the interactions at the coffee shop or in the grocery store where folks are excited about what is to come I try and stay grounded I do a lot of prayer meditating and reading I try and stay out in nature as much as possible and take nice walks I go by the water and treat myself kindly When I want to splurge on a pedicure I splurge on a pedicure If I want to sleep late I tell my campaign team Hey guys I will be off the radar for a few hours this afternoon because I want to take a nap then that is okay too I constantly remind myself that there is no campaign without an India and I need to be the best self that I can be I know that as women we have learned to de prioritize ourselves and put everyone else first especially in politics but in all aspects of our lives You can t pour from an empty cup We have to make sure that we are well nourished caring for our mental health and surrounding ourselves with strong encouraging people that will keep us motivated It helps hold us accountable for caring for ourselves All of those things are what helps me to continue to survive in this very rigorous environment Hannah As a woman aspiring to hold a significant place in office what are you looking forward to the most when you are finally elected Walton That is a good question I think I am just looking forward to seeing the very aspirational vision that I have for Buffalo begin to come to life doing some of the things that we have been planning to do for so long I know that everything is not going to go as I want it to but I am confident that there will be significant changes in the way we live our day to day lives It will be a result of leadership that does lead with love and puts people at the center That is what I am most excited about

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Amanda Recently I heard that that the Hope Center has closed Do you plan to provide more resources for women and families going through the throes of homelessness and domestic violence in Buffalo Walton I will definitely do this because it is very near to me as a survivor myself of domestic violence and also knowing how few services there are is astonishing Through the pandemic we have seen an increase in domestic violence cases I have a close relationship with April Baskin Social Services is typically not in the purview of a city government this is general county work I think our strong relationship with our county legislators will go a long way to helping that I also think we have to have good working relationships with a lot of our community based organizations like the Matt Urban Center I still do not quite understand what happened with the Hope Center I know that the state standards had changed but the Hope Center was a pretty nice facility I am like well can we renovate it There must be something that we can do I think that we just have not had the leadership that would take it that much further to figure out what can be done Then knowing that many community based organizations and nonprofits are so under capacity because again unity is run in support by women Due to women s labor being undervalued those industries are usually under capacity because we are underpaid and overworked There is not enough room for us to be able to Honorable April Baskin is an Erie County Legislator in District 2 support our organizations at the level that we really could We need to be resourced at the level that would bring up the capacity and have space to innovate We need to make sure that there are services for families for women for children I am working with the county to reform our child protective system We need to learn how we deal with families who need help instead of punishing them This is also very important to me Amanda What strategy would you propose to get more women involved in community based work Walton I am a big proponent of organized labor When we have access to unions and collective bargaining agreements we have more negotiating power God bless our nonprofits Many of our nonprofits have the same issues that large corporations do the people at the top make three four five sometimes eight times more than the people who are doing most of the work We have to shift that dynamic

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It is important to have people in a position Amanda What are some words of wisdom that to help shape the narrative and tell the you would give to young girls who are in the story about why everyone needs to have a same position you were in when you were 14 living wage When the least of us does well we all do better I use this example Walton Do not stop you are enough I want frequently If you give a person that makes everyone to know especially young women a six figure salary a stimulus check they there is nothing remarkable about me I just kept usually save it If you give a person making going Every time someone told me no I would 30 grand a stimulus check they go out and spend it They buy what they have been waiting to buy We know that low to midincome people tend to be simulators of the economy Lifting the floor makes more sense to me than continuing to pour into the top and hoping it makes it down to the bottom not take no for an answer I always tried to find another way As long as you are doing what is just and what is right you will be okay Keep people around you who will tell you the truth Be supportive and establish a good network of people so that there is always someone you can call I do not do anything that I can do alone I couldn t Start building your networks Do not be shy introduce yourself to people When you have an area of interest no matter what it is there is a club or an association or somewhere you can go Just start knocking down doors and making phone calls A no is not the worst thing in the world A no is better than not asking Amanda How can people get involved with your campaign How can they donate or volunteer Quoted references can also be helpful Walton You peopleatcan canReferences visit my to website also be made through the www indiawalton com There you can sign up to written accounts of volunteer and donate We love our social media interviews and debates followers so please follow us the on factuality Twitter confirming Instagram and Facebook The mostinformation important of the writer s the reliability thing is to vote If you are notand registered to vote go ahead and register of his source

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Walton The thing about a grassroots campaign is that the best endorsement is that of the people and word of mouth People saying Hey I know India or I believe in what she stands for then to have a conversation with five of your friends That is how movements are built If folks have aspirations of their own I would also say to go ahead and get involved We welcome everyone and you do not have to have any particular skill set or experience in political campaigns We will train you and teach you what you need to know so that you will be ready You will be a little bit more prepared than I was Amanda I was thinking about your comment when you said that there was nothing remarkable about you I think you might be wrong about that I think you are an exceptional woman We are honored to be able to have this conversation with you today Thank you for your time We wish you the best of luck in your upcoming election If you would like to Donate to India Walton s Grassroots campaign visit Walton Thankyou her website at www indiawalton com You will find other news stories about work her and amazing community opportunities partcipate in volunteer work to

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DR MAURIE MCINNIS INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA HART It was a great honor for the GWEM staff editor Amanda Hart to sit and have a conversation with Dr Maurie Mcinnis the President of Stony Brook University The 30 minute interview conducted over the phone led to some great conversation starters concerning female empowerment topics such as gender parity inclusivity and the model precedent Stony Brook University is laying out for other institutions to follow With gender equality now a trending topic amongst universities corporations and households now more than ever leaders need to take action to implement change that is desperately needed among institutions Dr Maurie McInnis interview with GWEM shows how committed Stony Brook University has been to balancing care for its students while also creating institutional changes aimed at gender equality

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Amanda With Stony Brook University being an R1 research institution how will the WISE Program directly impact women looking to get into the field of Math and Engineering Dr McInnis We are very proud of our WISE Program It is a program that we started in 1993 initially funded by an NSF grant For decades it has been the way that we have showcased our commitment to women in STEM As you know there have been long inequitable participation rates for women There is a critical need for a diverse workforce necessary to promote economic innovation and global competitiveness Our WISE Program is designed to promote women in STEM and hopes to become a national model that other institutions could replicate worldwide We have a wide variety of new forms to attract more women to STEM and ensure their success particularly at Stony Brook That includes planned courses extensive mentoring and tutoring We currently have about 400 undergraduate students who are involved in that Program For us that represents a 67 increase since 2015 We have seen incredible success with retention rates of nearly 93 across all four years To complement that and to encourage more women we also have a precollege program and summer camps These are designed to give middle and high school female students opportunities in STEM disciplines and hopefully encourage more female students to pursue STEM as undergraduates Amanda What do you mean by global competitiveness Dr McInnis When we think about competitiveness that can either be from an individual standpoint or it can be as we are thinking more broadly about the success of companies in the United States Half of the talent base in the world are women We need to ensure that all of our talents have equitable access and opportunities and can participate Whether we want to take it down to the team level or the company level we are more successful when we have diverse individuals participating in any one issue or any one problem Global competitiveness is really about ensuring that all of our talents have equitable access and opportunity Amanda I heard while attending the Change for Now Conference that you had reached 50 50 gender parity within your university faculty Could you perhaps explain a little bit more about what gender parity is and why your university needs to reach this goal

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Dr McInnis I would be happy to I cannot say we have gender parity within our university We have gender parity within our University Council which is my leadership team That group is comprised of like presidents and other people who are in significant leadership positions at the university Gender parity is a statistical measure If we look across many industries whether it be education or corporate America would not often find gender parity in leadership Why it is important speaks to a point I was making earlier Decisionmaking comes from having diverse teams sitting around a table with their diverse life experiences diverse training and diverse perspectives on the world We at Stony Brook are very excited that in our University Council we have been making the kinds of diverse hires that have led us to consistent gender parity in our academic leadership Amanda When we speak of gender parity is it more about making sure that there are equal female positions as there are male positions How does that work when you go about selecting committees Dr McInnis We can make this possible by ensuring that we have a genuinely inclusive search process where we look for talented individuals to occupy essential roles and leadership at their institution or in their company We are looking at the breadth of talent available and making sure that they are starting with a very diverse group of individuals hiring a more diverse workforce over time In the past we too often had instead narrowly defined searches and was a workforce that was not as diverse We have set number based goals we instead endeavor to make sure that we are always hiring individuals by running an inclusive search process It has resulted in our having a diverse group of academic leaders Amanda What do you personally feel empowers students specifically female students to aspire to leadership roles Dr McInnis I think it is many different reasons It is not only because I think young women see themselves in those roles and imagine that is something that they too can aspire to I also think it is so vitally important that we have people in those roles to also serve as mentors and guides and to make sure that in our programs we are doing all that we can to support young women in their success that there are not any barriers in the way We are being mindful to ensure that we have cultures where everybody can achieve I think having women in those positions for the ultimate goal of encouraging more women to participate is ensuring their success through multiple different ways

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Amanda What do you mean by providing more resources Dr McInnis For example We have first year students pair together Wise honors or undergraduate students can serve as mentors and guides to first year students in that critical first year of college transition We have a small number of them together in clusters to live and study together forming more of a community where they can support one another through difficult classes By providing additional support we have evidence that this has encouraged women s success in STEM programs Amanda Why is there such a minority of women who participate in these types of programs Dr McInnis This is an important question that many researchers have been looking at for decades There are a lot of different reasons why people posit that there are fewer women pursuing stem degrees A lot of it goes back to what happens in the K to 12 classroom setting Of course many of it has to do with things that you have been asking questions about such as the importance of having women in those positions It has a lot to do with what opportunities are given to women alongside the K to 12 educational pipelines Amanda Was there a particular turning point when your University realized that these initiatives needed to start happening Can you tell us a bit of why you why your University has put so much emphasis on these goals getting accomplished Dr McInnis Long before I arrived I am proud to say that the University is one of only ten universities around the world in the United States that are committed to the United Nations within the preceding movement and all of that was focused on pursuing game changing actions to achieve gender equality within and hopefully eventually beyond their institution I think part of the reason why has long been our commitment to diversity equity and inclusion Amanda What is He for She Alliance and what is Stony Brook University s Involvement Dr McInnis The He for She Alliance is a group of institutions It goes beyond universities and includes other organizations and businesses throughout the world that are committed to these issues By working together we can share best practices We have the data on our programs that are working and the benefits By Being involved with the He for She Alliance we learn from others and continue to refine our approaches and work based on what is working in other institutions

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Amanda What other initiatives has Stony Brook been a part of aside from the He for She alliance that have helped close the gender gap in education Dr McInnis I do not know if there are any other specific initiatives I know very much that as an institution we are very focused on paying attention to the success of our students As an institution that grants the majority of degrees in STEM and healthcare it is perhaps not surprising that our firstyear class has more men than women That is not true at all of American higher education We are very mindful that we need to continue to recruit more women into STEM degrees Women are more successful in achieving graduation We want to recruit and make sure that we make our programs open and accessible to more women We have been working on trying to understand what the barriers are Amanda In your ideal world what steps should other universities take to achieve the precedents that your University has put in place to reach gender equality Amanda Are there any words of wisdom that you would like to tell our readers aspiring to achieve their goals of equality Dr McInnis I think all leaders need to take a critical look at their institutions corporations whatever it is that they are leading I think the first step in achieving lasting change is when we hold ourselves accountable I would encourage leaders everywhere to recognize what changes need to be made at their institutions and then use their time in their leadership position to make very public commitments and then lead change that will have a lasting impact Amanda Thank you so much for having this interview with me It is such an honor to speak with you Dr McInnis Congratulations on your initiative in establishing this magazine I wish you all the best of luck with it

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PERSPECTIVE RE IMAGING WHITE WOMAN ALLY SHIP KAREN KING PH D Patriarchy and White Privilege What does it mean to be a white ally at this moment What role do those of who benefit from white privilege In the fall of 2020 I began doing some exploratory play in disrupting structural white privilege and racism research on white woman ally ship I specially chose white women as I wanted to identify the ways white Words and phrases that I thought I would never see women navigate patriarchy within their white privilege in print or hear spoken outside of academic circles A driving question for me is how do we tease out the have become omnipresent Allyship white privilege similarities and differences in the way s white women antiracist systemic racism and white supremacy Black women and Women of Color s experience have become part of the mainstream cultural patriarchy within white privilege and structural racism lexicon Popular mainstream media the business Is the shared experience of patriarchy the space where world these linkages can be understood Fortune 500 Corporation CEO s small businesses owners and everyone in between are embracing Diversity Equity and Inclusion DEI and I assembled two cohorts of white women who wanted scurrying to incorporate some form into their to deepen their understanding knowledge about the company s brand identity Is this a sign that white role white privilege plays in our lives and in our people are pivoting from the comfortable space of understanding of the ways structural racism operates in acknowledging our white privilege to a space where our professional and personal spaces I wanted to we can no longer expect entitled comfort but rather be willing to not only engage in uncomfortable conversation about systemic racism and white privilege but also be willing to engage in action that challenges and dismantles these systems of white supremacy access to what extent the women were willing to challenge longstanding systems of privilege that they were currently benefiting from I also wanted to explore how they thought they could utilize their positional power and privilege to challenge these existing systems

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Karen King Ph D is the Commissioner of Public Advocacy for Erie County and the Executive Director of the Erie County Commission the Status of Women Dr King has served as an adjunct graduate faculty member at Buffalo State College and in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo Additionally she has developed and taught courses and conducted numerous workshops on popular media culture social justice advocacy and anti racist feminist theory

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PERSONAL GROWTH Exploring our Best Failures by Dr Mara Huber Associate Dean of the Experiential Learning Network at the University at Buffalo To be clear not all failures are best failures Most are uninterestingsimply not getting what we want or thought we wanted But some failures are more complex and meaningful They involve acting on a core intention the essence of what we believe or are trying to offer and then hitting a proverbial wall running into someone or something we didn t expect or failed to see coming Best failures are painful in a special way They leave us reeling Their impact stays with us altering how we see and interact with the world Best failures matter They are inherently powerful and beckon us to examine them more closely In a 2013 blog post I mused that just once I would like to go to a conference that focused on best failures rather than best practices I was tired of pretending that we had it all figured out holding up examples of excellence and superiority while attendees took notes hoping to replicate results I knew then and still know that focusing on successes can only get us so far By the time we claim success we have forgotten about the challenges and have smoothed out the edges of our narratives Yet if we were able to explore our most powerful failures we could reap the many benefits identifying errors and false assumptions that can release us from stagnation and stuckness and lead us to a state of growth and expansion The promise of leveraging failures is especially exciting for women as we continue to deal with constraints and obstacles that prevent collective growth and deplete our resources Although stuckness looks different in varying contexts and environments it manifests in common feelings of isolation frustration and a yearning to grow and move When we feel stuck with no viable options a sense of failure kicks in and we are unable to see and access the choices and opportunities that swirl around us PAGE 31

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So why are there no best failures conferences or symposia PERSONAL GROWTH Because failure is closely associated with feelings of shame and Alternate Paths embarrassment and getting too close can result in negative Now hold up that same best failure and allow yourself to emotions and discomfort But what if we could get some emotional distance and create space for holding up our best failures as opportunities for growth learning and innovation revisit your own behaviors leading up to the unwanted outcome If you were to go back in time knowing what you and building community and support aroundexploration Not know now how might you have done things differently and just any failures mind you only the truly powerful ones the why Without getting emotional revisit the chain of events failures that can lead to new opportunities and expansion the going back as far as you can noting the various details and type of growth we all need and crave If you find yourself nuances to be modified edited or slightly tweaked with drawn to this notion of best failures and are ready to dive into your own personal experiences I offer the following process each change leading to a different result or response for your engagement I suggest that you do this together with Acknowledge these variations as choices and note your a friend or mentor someone who can challenge and guide you power in determining possible outcomes even without and perhaps share in the discovery and exploration altering the actions of others Reflect on this idea of power Synthesize what you have learned or discovered and Identify Best Failures Remember that best failures are not about simple rejection or not getting what you want They are symbolic stories representing grand attempts to engage your mission or core practice giving it voice actually talking about it or describing it to someone you respect or care about Feel your space expand contributions going for it throwing your heart and soul into something of importance only to hit a wall Best failures leave Apply Your Insights you reeling profoundly disappointed and in some way Now apply these lessons to where you are now and changed by the experience Because so few failures are best failures you will need some time to sort through your collection consider how you might use them within your current or and identify those worthy of further exploration Imagine evolving context Think of these insights as gifts that you yourself sorting through your closet briefly examining each are giving yourself not from a place of blame or humiliation garment deciding which to keep and which to discard As you but instead from a higher state of empowerment and bring potential candidates into consideration ask yourself growth the version of you that lies ahead What whether it is a symbolic and important failure with lessons to reveal If not acknowledge its lack of significance and decide simply to let it go opportunities can you identify for putting these lessons and ideas into practice How will you recognize their impact Take some time to imagine what it will feel like when you are honoring or have honored these gifts How might you expect others to respond What do you need to nurture or Imagine If Once you have identified a best failure to work with allow yourself to indulge in the exercise of rewriting history How do you wish others had behaved differently what ending would you have preferred Acknowledge that this is the fantasy portion of your work the place where most of us like to go and stay Take a moment to appreciate how it feels to go there wishing and rewriting yearning for someone to have done something differently Now reflect on what you have learned or gained from this activity and whether it is worthwhile to continue to focus on what could have been Once you conclude that it is neither a good investment nor a path forward note that it is clearly time to move on protect this best version of yourself Feel this commitment take root

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1 2 3 4 Congratulations for your courage and commitment for doing this important work Because of what you have learned and have to share I am pleased to invite you to serve as a keynote presenter at our very own Best Failures Symposium Now don t get nervous the audience will be filled with other women who are committed to this collective work As you reflect on what you will share with fellow participants allow yourself to put your insights into practice making the most of the decisions you have as you live your life and do your work Note how your choices affect you and others around you and your ability to see and actualize opportunities for movement and growth How has your story changed and how will it continue to evolve Know that as we live boldly we will have an unending array of best failures to share These will be the stories of our growth and expansion the pathway to actualizing our collective potential I look forward to hearing your story

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GWEM Magazine was happy to be granted press access to this summit and was honored to have had the opportunity from afar to wade through the press room and listen to the many different speakers all from different backgrounds The Change Now conference was informative and upbeat with other 500 speakers organizations and networking opportunities Stonybrook was one of many The Change Now Conference organizations from a worldwide petri dish of SDG hopefuls looking to embrace a better tomorrow Every speaker and organization highlighted their sustainable initiative for instance ELLE Magazine a leader in the TAKEAWAYS fashion industry participated in the Women of Change Campaign and the Change Now conference Seeing Admittedly the SDGs are daunting With industries that are very well known making seventeen topics ranging from Climate Change to appearances at conferences such as this gives me hope Women s Equality no stone can afford to be left that industry is changing or at the very least trying to unturned Thousands of new initiatives have Leading by example is a hard road to take and emerged from the grounds of countries globally in participants are brave foot soldiers on the path to support of the UN s Sustainable Development helping the UN s sustainable development goals be Goals It is no surprise that conferences such as reached by 2030 Buzzwords such as circularity the Change for Now Summit are detrimental in upcycling and more rang as I watched top fashion playing their part in disseminating the information leaders talk about focusing their brands on repair and I commend the organizations that appeared at the care instead of luxury By reducing packaging waste Change For Now Conference of 2021 as they also and materials fashion industries can save money and have the unique challenge of navigating a global help the environment without making tremendous pandemic With a virtual conference such as this sacrifices There was a focus on women in science and more people can mobilize their efforts and connect engineering fair hiring practices and sustainability their work in a loosely collaborated way which projects in other sections of the conference With so offers a unique way to rise above the technological many worthy of recognition we decided to mainly focus nuances on the Women for Change Summit at the Change Now and create opportunities participating organizations and patrons for the Conference

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TAKEAWAYS FASHION IS CHANGING Brands such as Elle Magazine and leaders in high end fashion are opting for more sustainable practices such as eliminating waste recycling materials and using more efficicent shipping practices OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN ARE EMERGING WITHIN BIG CORPORATIONS Industry giants such as PepCo made an appearance at the Women for Change Summit Industry is looking to become more diverse and inclusive by streamlinging roles for women EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS ARE FOCUSING ON STEM With Programs such as Codely education targeted at Women who want to learn how to Code and make websites or Stony Brook University s WISE program it has never been a better time to participate in male dominated professions SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES ARE A BOOMING INDUSTRY With the topic of the UN sustainable development goals on nearly every industy s mind new opportunities have emerged for collaboration work and partnership

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Designing Sustainable Latrines for Raranya Tanzania Guest Writer ASHLEY PEREZ My mom was always working to pay the bills and University at Buffalo The State University of New York at Buffalo Environmental Engineering 2022 give us the life she dreamed of and my sister was constantly studying to be the first person in our A common question or response you get when you tell people you re an engineering student is Wow that must be so hard or That s impressive you re going to make good money Isn t that a field for guys there s a list of other disheartening or overused reactions to being a black latina woman in family to earn a bachelor s degree I observed the way my mother would strategically plan and budget and the way my sister studied and restudied problems until she understood them completelyskills I would later use to solve complex engineering problems engineering I like to tell people I always knew I would become an engineer long before I knew what it was Engineering for me is a way of thinking and of seeing or even how to spell engineering from a young age the I d look at problems and try to figure out the best way innovation and humanity Environmental engineering to solve them I never backed down from complex or is solving problems for the people for the planet to challenging projects and in middle high school I often live harmoniously I was introduced to the field of understood topics better once we did the more humanitarian engineering as a freshman in university complicated problems I attribute my determination very briefly as an in between on presentations of and work ethic for problem solving to the way I grew robotics and nanotechnology but I was stuck on this up I was raised by a single mother and my older sister field in a predominately white suburban neighborhood marginalized regions world of it s bringing together community driven technological projects to help page 38

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Thankfully I was able to speak to my professors more about the work and research being done on campus for these global projects and how my life would play out if I chose to go with the NGO or humanitarian engineering path This is when I found that passion I had for engineering at such a young age again solving problems something I m trained to do and use that expertise to help people The great thing about this field is you re not just giving people access to clean water or adequate housing or improved latrine systems you re keeping kids in school you re reducing the spread of disease you re empowering people in particular to Designing Sustainable Latrines project we re empowering women to focus on their lives The Designing Sustainable Latrines project is a group of engineering students at the University at Buffalo who are working on designing improved toilet systems for Raranya Tanzania We are working under the guise of Hope Revival Children s Organization HRCO director Stephen Marwa and our university Experiential Learning Network director Mara Huber The project team was formed September 2020 with a goal of designing a new latrine system for the HRCO learning center by April 2021 In taking on this project we knew we had three points of contact with expertise on this sanitation problem Mr Marwa who provided key insight and details into the community and how we should consider certain cultural competencies throughout our design project Mara Huber who works with the HRCO and has spent over a decade visiting and collaborating with Tanzania to address various community problems and our last resource Curt Andino the director of Friendly Water for the World who has worked on design and implementation of different types of latrines in Kenya Through the combined effort and knowledge of these three people our group was able to work on our own design for a latrine that addressed various community problems Our group understood that within a short time frame and high stakes the final design we produced would inevitably be improved upon after implementation in Raranya We decided to do the project in three steps research design aspects design sketches modeling

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Devoting a large portion of our time roughly 5 months on research we knew we d ultimately sacrifice some time for design but chose to research as much as we could to grasp the full scope of the project A sustainable development goal SDG as defined by the UN is clean water and sanitation there is a lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation methods on a global scale In Raranya the current latrine system is pit latrines which is essentially holes pits in the ground where people would squat above and relieve themselves The problems with this system are on the basis of public health and availability This method leads to disease spread such as cholera diarrhea typhoid and many others during a global pandemic it is necessary to reduce the amount of bacterial and viral infections spread especially where access to medicine is not widely available From an availability standpoint it is not feasible to constantly dig up holes and leave fields of open defecation holes Schools are forced to shut down because they would need many pits to meet the demand of hundreds of student faculty members The repercussions of schools shutting down leads to a lack of education which doesn t help the local economy so there is this feedback loop keeping people in poverty PROJECTS Based on this local research we studied the major aspects of sustainable latrines compost structural design latrines from a system point of view what was going in and what was coming out and the geographical region These four categories allowed us to find out key information that we would later use to design the system We knew we wanted to compost the fecal matter and repurpose the urine as much as possible because the region is known for the agricultural industry so by providing compost that could be used as fertilizer this would help the agriculture and ultimately help the economy By analyzing the structural design and understand the latrines from a system engineering point of view we were able to quantify the materials needed and implement as much local labor and resources possible in the build As previously mentioned the goal of this project was to empower community members so using local and renewable resources would allow them to build or troubleshoot any future latrines without reliance on outside help Our group worked on this project from Buffalo NY which is roughly 8 000 miles away from Tanzania where our design would be implemented we spent a vast amount of time trying to understand the geographical and geological composition of the area from topographical mapping to conversations with those who have experience with the region www gwemag com

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Upon reviewing our research we moved onto Having this connection to a the design portion of the project Designing community and knowing the positive involved impact that our designs will have on a lot of troubleshooting and communication with Mr Marwa to ensure that the community would accept and find our designs useful The designs were based off of the community is what makes all the math and research worthwhile I hope existing latrine structures Ecosan that are one day that I or my project team gets more commonly used in India We were able to the chance to go to Tanzania and see modify the sketches to allow for use of the final product fully constructed and interlocking bricks that are produced in the in use community via a brick making machine This machine provides a local and renewable source of material local employment and increased education around engineering construction This being a global project addressing a sustainable development goal it practices Not only were we able to modify the definitely applied pressure and huge structure for the bricks but the design also implications but as a group we were includes require able to engineer our way through this collection once a year After finalizing the project to help pave the way for future designs Mr Marwa and the HRCO can begin students composting tanks that construction and expect to have a usable latrine within a couple of months

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In our last issue we had an interview with Rhobi Samwelly Rhobi has shown to be a champion within Tanzania She tackled the Female Genital Mutilation FGM initiative and has secured safe houses for young women fleeing violence In our special Tanzania Edition available for free on our website we dive deep into Rhobi s reasons for wanting to Help young women find their courage and provide services for them Young girls can acclimate back into society recover and learn new skills with Robi s help Ms Samwelly s awardwinning documentary In the Name of Your Daughter shines a light on FGM s atrocities and the reason they need to be stopped As FGM is a huge social issue within Tanzania and other countries Rhobi s organization Hope for Girls Women needs your support By supporting Rhobi s Initiative you are directly impacting a young woman s life Donations are available on Hope for Girls and Women s website as well as Global Giving Org https www globalgiving org projects s afe house training centre tanzania

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HANNAH BAKER Hannah Baker is a senior at the University at Buffalo where she is majoring in Global Gender Studies Sociology and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Her interests are in social change and gender equity specifically women s reproductive rights and gender violence Currently she is the temporary assistant editor for GWEM AMANDA M HART EDITOR IN CHEIF Amanda graduated from the University at Buffalo in February of 2021 with her bachelors in Psychology Currently she is a research intern at the Erie County Department of Public Advocacy s office assisting on Women s research initaitives She is the founder of the Global Women s Empowerment Movement and Magazine and also donates her resources as an artist to help the community WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU GWEM is currently taking submissions of Articles Artwork Poetry and more to be shared in our upcoming December Issue It s your time to shine BRYAN HART Byran donates his time as the website manager and PR coordinator for GWEM Magazine

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