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University of Rochester

Gender in the Military: Bridging Research to Practice

October 9-11, 2013:

Part 1: Two-Day Conference
October 9-10
RIT Conference Center
Rochester, NY

Part 2: Stanton Anthony Conversations Luncheon and Panel Discussion
October 11
University of Rochester River Campus
Rochester, NY

Gender issues have become increasingly visible in the military. There are growing numbers of military-involved women, policy changes to broaden their military career opportunities, and the removal of barriers to lesbian/gay/bisexual/queer persons serving openly in the military.  Additionally, there has been increased attention to military sexual trauma and intimate partner violence among military service members. However, little interdisciplinary dialogue has focused on the role of gender and how gender-specific initiatives might inform policy.  Social service and legal systems are beginning to explore what they can do. Please join the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence & Victimization and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University of Rochester, the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the University of Buffalo School of Law for a three-day discussion about gender issues that affect military-involved families, including: interpersonal violence and gender-based trauma, parenting and childcare during deployment, reproductive health, masculinity and military identity, gender identity and policies regarding transgender individuals, sexual orientation and same-sex relationships.  Generations of veterans, as well as currently deployed service members and their families, have lived experiences that affect their mental and physical health.  Consider how gender plays a role in these experiences and how we can improve services for these individuals and families.

The two-day conference (October 9-10) is based on Community-Based Participatory Research principles and invites researchers and practitioners alike to share their expertise.  The goal is to begin a dialogue on how to integrate science into policy and provide opportunities for networking to further enhance research and practice. Conference Fee:  $80 for both days; $50 for one.

Presentations are sought that discuss innovative research on gender in the military, as well as services provided that target physical and mental health for military-involved families.  A poster session on October 10th will provide the opportunity for dialogue across agencies to enhance integrated services. 

October 11th will conclude the three-day series with the Stanton-Anthony Conversations held at the Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester River Campus.  A luncheon, followed by a panel discussion, will address myriad opinions about women in the military and current national policies addressing their gender-specific needs.  Cost:  $45, $20 for students. Click here for more details.

Please provide your abstract for a paper or poster via email to by August 19.  Notification of acceptance will be provided by August 30, 2013.


Registration information to follow.  CLE Credits Pending.


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