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  • Creating opportunities for women and building a more equitable world.

    The Women’s Institute was created to respond to the contemporary and evolving cultural landscape of the 21st Century while honoring Russell Sage College’s century-long dedication to women’s empowerment.

    In Fall 2020, The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College began offering public programs, panels, conferences and community partnerships—with a focus on constructive dialogue about contemporary women’s issues.

    The Institute also promotes women’s leadership and gender inclusivity through a student-learning community with women-only housing and expanded curricular opportunities.

    The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College opened September 2020 with a symposium on the centennial of women’s suffrage.

    The Pandemic and Social Equity: a Multidisciplinary Perspective

    Thursday, April 15, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

    Please join The Women’s Institute and Thrive @ Russell Sage for a dynamic virtual panel discussion on the pandemic and social equity. Participants will hear from an expert on health disparities, a feminist economist who studies “unpaid care,” a specialist on domestic violence, and a Superintendent from the NYC schools on equity issues in education raised by the pandemic.


    The Hon. Dr. Dorcey Applyrs
    Chief City Auditor, City of Albany


    Lórien Castelle Director of Prevention, NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    Mauriciere de Govia, Ed.D. Executive Superintendent, Queens South

    Nancy Folbre Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Lynn A. Warner Dean, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

    Women’s Institute Student Ambassadors

    An important part of the mission of The Women’s Institute at Russell Sage College is to develop programming, support integration of programming with academics, showcase women’s accomplishments and provide support for the next generation of feminist leaders. One creative way we do this is through The Women’s Institute’s Student Ambassadorship. Student Ambassadors collaborate with the Faculty and Executive Directors to develop and deliver Women’s Institute’s events and programming (three or more events each semester); attend one admissions event/open house each semester or host students interested in the Women’s Institute Ambassadorship; participate in summer orientation or moving-in weekend; and make academic progress toward the completion of the Women’s Studies minor or complete one course in women’s studies.

    Student Ambassadors are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship. All students enrolled full-time at Russell Sage College are eligible to apply for the Ambassadorship.

    Have Questions?

    Executive Director of the Women’s Institute
    Faculty Director of the Women’s Institute