Activist in Residence: Laura Roskos
Laura H. Roskos, PhD, recently co-edited Women’s Bodies, Gender Analysis, Feminist Politics at the Fórum Social Mundial, a special issue of the Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is co-founder of the Massachusetts CEDAW Project, chair of the Advancing Human Rights Committee of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom, and co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations.
Resident Artist: Elena Stone
Elena Stone, PhD, is a writer, visual artist and independent scholar with a special interest in women and the creative process. As Artist-in-Residence, she is working to give the center a consistent visual presence and develop programming that links art and creativity to women’s health and human rights. Elena has been on the staff of a major international development agency and has worked with a wide variety of organizations in the Boston area to develop programming on issues related to gender, diversity, the environment and community development. The author of Rising from Deep Places: Women’s Lives and the Ecology of Voice and Silence (Peter Lang Publishers, 2001).
Research Analyst: Diane D'Souza
Diane D'Souza is founder and CEO of SWAT Assist, a Boston-based company which assists elders through life transitions. Her lifelong interests in healing and spirituality have led to work and study in the areas of psychology, conflict resolution, and religion. Diane has an MA in Educational Psychology and Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, and a PhD in Religion from Vrieje University in the Netherlands. Her PhD dissertation focused on the religious lives of Muslim Shia women in India, an area where she is well published. Diane worked for nearly twenty years in India where she was the Associate Director of the Henry Martyn Institute (HMI) in Hyderabad, an inter-religious study, research and training center. Her work at HMI focused on gender and development and culminated in her developing and leading a vibrant international Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Program. She has designed and facilitated programs in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and is an adjunct Professor in the International Post Graduate Program in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain.
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