From the Outgoing Director's Desk
Christine E. Bose
In the last few months, the first phase of the Ford Foundation Project Transforming Knowledge About Women of Color: Focus on Integrating Class, Race, and Gender into the Curriculum and Research was completed. In June 1991 a conference on Integrating Class, Race, and Gender into the Curriculum and Research was held at the University at Albany campus, followed by a SUNY-wide Faculty Development Seminar with a focus on scholarship about Puerto Rican women. The conference has been described by both participants and speakers as a unique opportunity to address the complex issues of diversity, to learn about the most recent research in the area, and to interact with fascinating scholars.
The second phase of the Ford project will include faculty exchanges with the University of Puerto Rico, which are described elsewhere in this issue, and a Lecture Series on Puerto Rican women's research.
As part of both the Ford project and our larger international focus, IROW is pleased to announce three new joint publications with the Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) at the University at Albany. These include Integrating Latin American and Caribbean Women into the Curriculum and Research, An Interdisciplinary Guide for Research and Curriculum Development on Puerto Rican Women, and the Albany PR-WOMENET Database. All three are described in this issue of IROW News as well. However, I would like to note that the latter source, an interdisciplinary annotated bibiographic database on Puerto Rican women is the only one of its kind in the country and already contains over 600 entries. The volume will be published annually, and IROW/CELAC will provide computerized searches as well.
These accomplishments provide an appropriate capstone to my four years as founding Director of IROW. I am pleased to be able to turn over this role to a colleague whom I respect and admire, Iris Berger. She and her able Associate Director, Sucheta Mazumdar, will keep IROW's international focus and be able to expand it to new foci on Africa and Asia. However, IROW's Latin American projects will be continued by myself and my former Associate Director, Edna Acosta-Belen. Thus the unique faculty mixture here at the University at Albany allows the Institute to broaden its horizons, maintain an international and interdisciplinary focus, and provide services to our own members as well. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karyn Loscocco, who compiled and edited the materials in this issue on IROW faculty activities.