GAINS is a half-credit leadership course that meets for four two and half hour workshops per semester. Through case studies, group discussions, self-reflection and simulations that encourage peer learning, students enrolled in GAINS develop their leadership capacity and attain the knowledge needed to transform institutions to address formal and informal forms of bias. Through GAINS, students also build a network of practice that will serve them as they advance in their professional careers.
The GAINS workshops are organized by CWGPP Faculty Director, Christina Ewig and CWGPP Community Engagement Director, Debra Fitzpatrick. Each workshop is led, or co-led by community experts – for details see their bios, highlighted under each session.
Christina Ewig is Professor of Public Affairs and Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Professor Ewig’s research centers on the politics of gender and race in Latin America. She has taught widely on issues of gender, intersectionality, politics and public policy. As Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy Professor Ewig works to stimulate research, teaching and public engagement on gender and its intersections with other forms of inequality. Through GAINS, she seeks to provide Humphrey students with the practical skills to think intersectionally, navigate systematic hierarchies and overcome personal leadership obstacles in their future careers.
Debra Fitzpatrick is the Community Engagement Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative research focuses on the full-range of barriers women face in pursuit of economic parity (paid time off to balance work and care, family responsibility discrimination, equal pay for equal or comparable work, childcare, occupational segregation, cross sector leadership) and is grounded in the collaborative networks necessary to achieve change. GAINS is part of her ongoing collaborative efforts to design and implement a range of creative learning environments where people from different backgrounds come together to co-create knowledge and build the capacity and relationships necessary to take action.