ALEC-led Team receives Grant from USDA-NIFA for Gender-Lensed Curricula

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An Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications (ALEC)-led team has received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture  (USDA-NIFA) to produce “Gender Lensed Curricula for the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences” (GLCF).  The grant was approved through NIFA’s Higher Education Challenge grant program.

The GLCF will fill a gap in knowledge by creating gender-sensitive curricula composed of five modules and a course that focus on five development topics with emphasis on the role of women in development, including food security, female education, health and safety, economic development, and corruption.

Team members are ALEC’s  Drs. Manuel Piña, Jr. (principal investigator) and Theresa Murphrey (co-principal investigator) and Collaborators Drs. Amanda Crump, UC-Davis; Valerie Hudson, Bush School of Government and Public Policy, Texas A&M University;  Becki Lawver, Utah State University; and  Mary Rodriguez, Ohio State University and Danette Philpot, ALEC Ph.D. student. External Evaluator is Dr. Melinda Garcia, Simply S.M.I.L.E. Consulting, LLC. The proposal was inspired by Dr. Hannah Russell’s 2019 dissertation titled “The Effects of Gender Inequity on Global Food Insecurity” who will serve as ex-officio member of the team.

GLCF will enable students to increase self-awareness and become more inclusive and accepting of others, attract and nurture more ethnically-, culturally-, linguistically- and geographically-diverse students. GLCF will also help prepare students with diverse experiences for careers in science, technology, leadership, education, communications, and human performance systems in the global context of the broad array of today’s FANH science disciplines.

The GLCF modules may be incorporated into existing courses or comprise an entire course. The GLCF’s objectives are:

  • Increase knowledge among undergraduate students enrolled in FANH-related courses about the role of women in development in the U.S. and in developing nations
  • Develop five gender-lensed modules related to six research-based female development impacts (i.e., food security, female education, health and safety, economic development, and corruption)
  • Develop a holistic development course (module) composed of the five gender lensed modules
  • Incorporate the roles of women in development into ongoing university FANH programs of study.

Piña said, “We are extremely pleased for this unique opportunity and, in particular, with collaborators from three other land-grant universities that are not only passionate and experienced with the topic but also willing to pilot and expand the impact of this effort. We see the GLCF as a stepping stone toward further outreach and needed research.”

This work is supported by Higher Education Challenge program, grant no. 13052553 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.





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