Southwest Institute for Research on Women
The Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) is a regional research and resource affiliated with the Gender & Women's Studies Department at the University of Arizona committed to developing interdisciplinary research, professional development, and outreach programs. SIROW conducts research on projects centered around women and gender in the Southwest and Northwestern Mexico, including education, employment, health, history, literature, culture, and the advancement of women and girls in science and engineering. The institute is connected to 30 campuses in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Wyoming, and with El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and El Colegio de Sonora in Mexico.
Principal StaffAdmin. Staff:
Sally Stevens, Ph.D., Executive Director
Erin Durban, Graduate Research Assistant
Terry Mullin, Business Manager, Senior
Lupita Loftus, Accounting Specialist
Program Staff and Grad Students:
Jeri Alexander, Research Technician
Thomas Bogart, Instructional Specialist
Corrie Brinley, Research Specialist/Health Educator
Monica Davis, Health Educator
Linda Shaird, Research and Prevention Specialist
Stephanie Springer, MPH, Program Coordinator
Andrea Verdin, Therapist
Areas of Expertise:Barriers & Opportunities, Culture & Identity, Girls & STEM, Diversity & Inclusion, Family & Society, Higher Education, Women in STEM, Women in History, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Communications, Culture & Society, Education & Education Reform, Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Projects & Campaigns
The projects that SIROW undertakes either focus on women and gender in the Southwest and the Mexico-U.S. border region from a multicultural perspective, or are developed because they interest scholars in the region. They are divided into the following topics categories:
Voices, Oral History & Literacy
Leadership, Policy & Advocacy
Women, Girls & Science
Women & Place
Children and Families
Education, Employment and Equity
- Protecting Women's Rights at the Border
- Report on Women in Immigration Detention Facilities in Arizona
- Tucson Women Workers' Project
- Partners in Change: Solutions to Women's Poverty in Southern Arizona
- Pima County Domestic Violence Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration
- HerStory to Health
- Mujer Sana - Healthy Woman HIV, STD, TB, and Hepatitis B + C Drug Treatment Enhancement for Women
- Project DAP (Determining Another Path)
- Family Drug Court Services with Enhanced Trauma Treatment
- Las Rosas: A Recovery-Oriented Support Systems Approach for Adolescent Girls
- Own Yourself
- Pima County Family Drug Court Evaluation
- Proyecto de las Mariposas
- Sleep Disorders Among Adolescent Substance Users
- Reading Our World
- Sowing the Seeds: Promoting the Humanities in our Communities
Reports & Resources
Ruiz B., Stevens, S., Fuhriman, J., Bogart, J., & Korchmaros, J. 2009. "A juvenile drug court model in southern Arizona: Substance abuse, deliquency, and sexual risk outcomes by gender and race/ethnicity." Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
Ruiz, B., Hedges, K., Greene, A., Arnold, A., Colonna, H., Stevens, S., Andrade, R., & O'Neill, S. 2009. "School and community counseling collaboration: A promising approach to address youth substance abuse." School Counseling Research and Practice.
Rabin, N. 2009. Unseen prisoners: A report on women in immigration detention facilities in Arizona. University of Arizona, SIROW.
The Southwest Institute for Research on Women, SIROW, in partnership with the James E. Rogers College of Law's Immigration Law Clinic, provides social support, advocacy, and legal services to vulnerable women detained for months to years while the government determines whether to deport them or grant them legal immigration status to remain in the country. Click here for more info.
The institute also reports that girls are less likely to receive substance abuse treatment than boys in Arizona. To learn more, click here or contact Josephine Korchmaros at email@example.com.
The UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women has received a new $1.75 million federal grant to aid youth and young adults who are homeless and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Nina Rabin of UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women will be speaking in Washington, D.C. this month about the condition of women being detained in immigration detention centers.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
SIROW is open to those who want to make a difference in the lives of women and families through collaborative and innovative research and the integration of new knowledge into policy and practice.
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.