Center for Women in Government & Civil Society
The Center for Women and Government & Civil Society (CWIGCS) is within the Graduate School of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The center is responsible for conducting and disseminating research on women's issues, working to identify and eliminate barriers to women's employment equity, and developing public policy leadership for women and youth. The center also acts as a resource for leaders in business and government, public employees, researchers, scholars, and members of advocacy and professional organizations. Additionally, CWIG administers a fellowship on Women and Public Policy.
Principal StaffDina Refki, Director
Ph. (518) 442-5127
Sandra McGarraugh, Deputy Director, Director, The NET Project
Ph. (518) 442-3896
Osei Agyeman, Project Coordinator, Numbers & Futures
Ph. (518) 442-3893
Taraneh Ahmadi, Project Coordinator, Immigrant Women & State Policy
Ph. (518) 442-3887
Cara Long, Communications Manager
Ph. (518) 591-8762
Tristan Turk, Resources Manager
Ph. (518) 442-3885
Brooke Volinsky, Adminisrative Assistant
Ph. (518) 442-3898
Areas of Expertise:Awareness & Education, Barriers & Opportunities, Discrimination, Leadership in Civil Society, Disparities, Leadership in Government, Politics, and Business, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies
Projects & Campaigns
The Entrepreneurship Option for Low-Income Teenage Girls. CWIG is currently working on a proposal to start a research-based entrepreneurship program for low-income girls who are at risk for not completing high school. Research will target African-American and Latina women who are entrepreneurs, as well as take into account the perspectives of female entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Project participants will join researchers at the college level in all levels of curriculum development and research phases. This project is being conducted with the Liberty Partnership Project.
Nonprofit Education Initiative. The Nonprofit Education Initiative (NEI) is a four-year collaborative undertaking that involves nonprofits working on issues related to women, children, and families; regional voluntary sector leaders; and government policymakers and business representatives. The NEI will advance collaborative learning among nonprofit leaders and managers and strengthen the capacities and leadership of diverse voluntary sector organizations. The goals of the initiative are to strengthen collaboration among statewide associations; build stronger connections between nonprofits and the communities and universities they serve; increase the competencies and capacities of statewide nonprofits; and strengthen the technological capacity and competence of consortium members.
Completing the Public Record: Appointed Policy Makers in State Government. CWIG is conducting work on demographic data on top-ranking gubernatorial appointees. In related research, the center is also studying policy priorities and influences on agenda-setting by the executive branch department heads. Both quantitative and interview data will be used to analyze 35 women and men bureaucratic leaders in eight states. Nontraditional Employment for Women study.
Liberty Partnership Project. A prevention program aimed at young women and men in grades 7-12 who are at risk for leaving school before graduation. The project offers a range of services to support people in obtaining their diploma, entering higher education, and preparing themselves for the workforce. The program is designed to address academic, personal, and social growth through a focus on the following: educational achievement; self-empowerment; workforce preparation and career exploration; and public policy leadership development.
Reports & Resources
Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships (2010).
Glass Ceiling in Gubernatorial Appointments, 1997-2007 (2008).
Appointed Policy Makers in State Government: Single-State Profile (1998).
Appointed Policy Makers in State Government: Pre-Election Update (1998).
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.