Our founder

Ellyn Uram Kaschak


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Ellyn Uram Kaschak Image Credit: 2017 TEDxBinghamtonUniversity.
The Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls was established in 2018 through the generosity of Ellyn Uram Kaschak, a 1965 alumna of Binghamton University and a pioneer and developer of feminist theory, to continue her fight for equality for women and girls.

As a woman, Ellen Uram Kaschak had to fight her way to a PhD when there weren’t many programs open to women — or male faculty who were willing to teach courses on feminism.

Kaschak provided a seven-figure gift to Binghamton University to establish the Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls to continue her fight for equality for females.

The institute supports research in different fields, both new and ongoing projects that contribute to Kaschak’s activist vision of a direct, positive impact on the lives of women and girls. It will create an evidence base for practice to be looked at in a scholarly way, bringing the rigor of scholarship to what are the best practices and what works, while providing a feedback loop between practice and scholarship.

For more on Kaschak, see BingUNews and her 2017 TEDx talk, “Seeing Is Believing or Is Believing Seeing?”