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Technology
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While technology is a thread in all our work, we have a specific focus on the design, use, implementation, and impact of technology on the education and work lives of people around the world, particularly those in under-represented communities. Our projects range from international discussions via technology to field-based projects with schools to the development and design of new learning technologies.


Education Reform for Excellence
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The Gender, Diversities & Technology Institute's project work reflects our commitment to create equitable, responsive educational environments that honor and build on the diverse backgrounds of girls and boys, men and women. Believing that equity is a requirement for educational excellence, our projects address quality of education issues that affect outcomes, including teacher-student and student-student interactions, curriculum, materials, school climate, and assessment methods. Many aspects of our work in education focus on the fields of math and science, areas in which it is vital that girls' and women's participation and achievement be increased, both in educational systems and in careers.

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Gendered Violence
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Recognizing International Efforts to Prevent Violence Against Women

Our starting point for analyzing violence against women and girls is the recognition that sexual harassment, "date rape," battering, homophobic violence and violence against transgender people, and street violence are linked and are based on deeply ingrained gender-role stereotypes and expectations. Rather than focusing on violence against women and girls as an isolated act perpetrated by individual men, this analysis relates these actions to a systemic tolerance of certain types of violence and the use of violence to enforce societal expectations in terms of gender roles and behaviors. This violence may play out as physical or sexual violence, as well as psychological violence. Both females and males can be victims, perpetrators, or witnesses. Projects within the Institute use education as a basis for addressing socialization to promote nonviolence, and working towards respectful and productive interactions between women and men as well as among individuals within each gender group. In addition, we recognize that violence is an issue that many women and girls in our projects are facing or have faced, and that this may shape their realities. Thus we address gendered violence both as a specific focus and within the context of our other projects.

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Work & Economy
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Changes in our national roles and economic relationships within the world are coming with increasing rapidity. While globalization has been criticized in terms of its effects on nonindustrialized and less industrialized countries and its disproportionate burden on women and their work, this phenomenon forms an important aspect of today's reality, with effects felt in marginalized communities within richer countries as well. This situation necessitates urgent action to ensure that women and men are prepared to participate in these changing economies-and have forums for voicing their experiences and, importantly, for influencing policy. Our work explores these issues of gender and economic self-sufficiency on the local level, whether that is developing education and training programs for immigrant women, research on employment outcomes, or other initiatives. Top

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