Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



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The Candace J. Groudine, Ph.D. '98 Women's Studies Scholarship Established!

Our newest scholarship for Women's Studies majors is made possible by a generous donation by University at Albany alumna, Dr. Candace J. Groudine.

Candace J. Groudine is Senior Policy and Regulatory Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Civil Rights (HCR), where she is also that office’s lead civil rights specialist in environmental justice .  Prior to joining HCR in 2005, Candace served as an administrator and lecturer in higher education for more than 20 years, with extensive experience in the corporate and foundation relations sector.  She is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Environmental Justice and Transportation Committee, a former Commissioner on the Montgomery County/Maryland’s Human Rights Commission, and a former liaison from that Commission to Montgomery County’s Disability Commission.  She is two-time recipient of the FHWA Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement, the most recent being for “exemplary performance in advancing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Environmental Justice Programs as core elements of the Agency’s Civil Rights Discipline.” Her law degree is from Georgetown University Law Center, and she is a member of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.  Her Ph.D. is in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany, where her research focused on the public trust obligations of public university foundation boards in the context of institutional strategic planning, and for which she received the University’s Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award.  Her most recent teaching gig was at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County (UMBC) where she developed and taught the unique course: “Constitutional Sagas:  Why You Should Care About U.S. Supreme Court Decisions As If Your Life Depended On Them.”