The AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch AAUW Research Award is given annually to a woman in St. Lawrence County who contributes significantly to academic research. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and is a visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.
Updated: April 7, 2013
The presentation of the seventh AAUW Research Award to Dr. Sandra Fisher takes place at 5 pm, April 9 at the Canoe Place, Hannawa Falls.
The AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch Research Award is given annually to a woman in St. Lawrence County who contributes significantly to academic research. Dr. Fisher is an Associate Professor of Organizational Studies in the School of Business at Clarkson University. She holds degrees from Valparaiso University and Michigan State University.
In addition to her academic work, she has over fifteen years of consulting experience. Fisher's innovative research focuses on e-learning and training and human resources. She is a longtime partner with AAUW initiatives. Dr. Fisher recently won the SUNY Potsdam Walker Award for her ongoing research into Value U. training models. Colleagues and friends are encouraged to come to the event to recognize her work.
St. Lawrence branch of AAUW to honor Clarkson’s Sandra Fisher with 2013 Research Award in Hannawa Falls April 9 (April 7, 2013)
Dr. Zwingel joined the Politics Department at SUNY Potsdam in January 2006. Her academic interests focus on Human Rights, Global Governance, Transnationalism, and Conflict Dynamics take a feminist perspective, and her current book project focuses on International Women's Rights in domestic contexts. Prof. Zwingel is also preparing a textbook on Gender Politics in International Governance, which grew out of a conference she organized in Geneva, Switzerland.
With the first World Women's Conference in Mexico in 1975, the United Nations adopted gender equality as one of its goals, and in 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). However, as Dr. Zwingel explains, "inequality and subordination based on gender are still pervasive."
Equality of rights for women is a basic principle of the United Nations. The Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations sets as one of the Organization's central goals the reaffirmation of "faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women".
Passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1979, CEDAW provides a universal definition of discrimination against women that establishes a basis for every government's domestic and foreign policy to combat gender-based discrimination. Although the United States has been a signatory to CEDAW for over 30 years, we have yet to ratify this important treaty and strengthen the foundation from which we work toward ensuring gender equity for all. AAUW has endorsed the ratification of CEDAW since 1981, and is still urging the Senate to take action to ratify this important treaty.
A native of Germany, Dr. Zwingel publishes and presents her work in both German and English. She recently was awarded a Drescher leave from SUNY Potsdam to pursue her research interests, and received several international grants, including the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Dr. Zwingel's work is of particular important to the AAUW-NYS project, My Sister's Keeper, a statewide initiative to foster a greater understanding of the plight of women worldwide and within our domestic borders. Among the areas of concern are gendercide, violence, lack of educational opportunities, the lack of maternal health care and efforts to support the rights of women, and gender equality. St. Lawrence County Branch AAUW is pleased to recognize Dr. Zwingel for work to better the understanding of women internationally.