FAO's First Dryland Forests and
Agrosilvopastoral Systems Summer School!​ 

Do you want to promote transformational approaches ​to dryland forest​ and agrosilvopastoral​ management? 

Are you interested in learning and sharing experiences with fellow young professionals and international experts in the field? 

Apply to join FAO's first dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems Summer School!​ 

The FAO Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems (COFO WG) is holding a summer school ​session ​to explore transformative approaches to building climate resilient dryland systems.  

Taught through a combination of lectures and practical field work, the course will cover: 

  • The key concepts of sustainable transformation and social-ecological resilience
  • An overview of the important role of forests and agrosilvopastoral systems
  • Creating economic sustainability in drylands through sustainable value chains and increasing rural market connections
  • The role of trees and livestock management in restoring dryland ecosystems
  • Implementing afforestation and restoration techniques in rangelands and drylands
  • Communications advocacy tools, networks and good practices to advocate your transformational initiatives/ or actions 

Participants will graduate the course as experts on ​integrating better ​​​socio-economic and sustainable practices in dryland management. 

Spaces are limited and applications close on June 11th – so get your application in as soon as possible! 

For more information on how to apply, please follow this link.  



Mentorship Program for Gender Negotiators Under the UNFCCC
July 10-13, 2023

The Institute, in alliance with IUCN, in the latest Conference of the Parties 27 (COP27), carried out a mentorship process with the Parties' gender delegates to help them develop technical and negotiation skills. These delegates were drawn from environmental ministries as well as negotiators from Indigenous women's groups – and included Indigenous girl youth to shadow and learn the art of climate negotiations. In the following two years, we will conduct a program that allows gender negotiators from various countries of the Global South to improve their knowledge and negotiation skills, especially considering the third ccGAP that will develop in the next two years. Furthermore, the COP28 Presidency has requested the Kaschak Institute to support them in ensuring that gender considerations are prominent in this year's COP. 

We are seeking students for our first program, a 3-day workshop from July 10-12, 2023 at the University Downtown Center (UDC).  Delegates from environmental and Indigenous women's groups from several countries will be trained while BU students shadow them.  If you are a BU student and would like to take part in this unique program, please send a letter of interest to: by Friday, June 9th, 2023.  

Webinar: "Challenges for the integration of the gender approach in environmental policy in Latin America and the Caribbean"

When:  Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (EST)

Registration link: 

Language: Spanish and English (with simultaneous interpretation)

International Women's Day is commemorated in March. A space to recognize the great and important contributions that women make in all dimensions of development. But it is also an occasion to underline that at a global level large inequality gaps persist between men and women. These gaps are also found in the environmental dimension of development and that is why the Regional Working Group on Gender and the Environment for Latin America and the Caribbeanhas proposed this webinar, to discuss the challenges in integrating the gender approach in the triple environmental crisis in the region. In this event, additionally, 4 tools that the Group has developed to facilitate this integration and a portal prepared by UNEP on gender and environment for Latin America and the Caribbean will be presented.

Goals and Objectives: 

  • To reflect on the challenges in the integration of the gender approach in environmental policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.  
  • To present the tools produced by the LAC Regional Working Group on Gender and Environment to advance in the integration of the gender approach in environmental policy in the region. 



1st Prize:  $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize:  $200

To commemorate International Women's Day March 8, 2023, the Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls invites all Binghamton University staff, faculty, and students to submit photos that reflect gender equality and women’s empowerment. A jury of photography experts and University members will choose the three winning entries, which will be revealed at an unveiling ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 at the University Art Museum.  The pieces will then be displayed at the Kaschak Institute. Deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.  

Contest Rules

  1. Photos should reflect gender equality and women's empowerment
  2. Entries are limited to two photographs per contestant
  3. All photographic mediums are allowed, including images from digital cameras, smart phones, and analogue capture; however, all entries must be submitted electronically
  4. Post-processing and edits are allowed. While digital manipulation is permitted, please remember that this is not a Photoshop competition. Images should accurately represent the subject matter and contest theme. Images that appear overly processed may be disqualified at the judges' discretion
  5. Photos submitted must be the contestant’s original work and done in the last five years.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Images must be at least 2,000 pixels wide and under 10mb per file
  2. Images should have a title and brief description
  3. Image files must be named using the following naming conventions: lastname_firstname_title_photo1 (or photo 2)   Example: Miller_Deborah_SheRises_Photo1

Photographers retain all copyrights to their images. The Kaschak Institute at Binghamton University retains the right to publish the winning photos in any format to congratulate or feature the winners and their respective images, promote future Kaschak Institute events, and for awareness-raising purposes for the work of the Institute. Winning images may be included in a press release for third-party websites and publications in the context of congratulating and/or featuring the winners and winning images and promoting future Kaschak Institute events. 

Winners understand that prize money may be taxable and therefore must submit a completed, signed IRS W-9 form before prizes are awarded.  

Questions can be emailed to

Submit your photos HERE


Women, Climate, and Insecurity - An International Conference

Thursday-Friday, April 28-29, 2022

For more information:  

Promoting Social Justice for Women and Girls: Research Across the Disciplines

2–4 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2022

Feminist Research Presentations by Kaschak Fellows

Join us for these presentations via Zoom and hear about the successful proposals from students and faculty in previous years. Applications for Kaschak Institute Fellows funding for 2022-23 are due April 15. These presentations by students and faculty who were funded for the current year will showcase a wide range of valuable research projects leading to social justice for women and girls. Interesting and important, the presentations may also help others develop new proposals.

2–3 p.m.  Student Project Presentations  

3–4 p.m.  Faculty Project Presentations

Video recording available here

Passion (in)to Work: Feminist Approaches to Women and Employment

Soulful Reckonings: Work, Opportunity, and Preparation for 21st Century Women
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021

A conversation with Elizabeth Swanson on translating feminist and critical race theory commitments to the workplace...and being prepared to act. 

Elizabeth Swanson is Professor of English and Mandell Family Foundation Senior Term Chair in Literature and Human Rights at Babson College. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (2007), Dr. Swanson has co-edited four volumes on human rights and authored numerous essays and book chapters. She has served on an NGO board and as a Commissioner for the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission. She is a founding partner of Jane’s Way, LLC, a training and consulting group that helps organizations elevate diversity, equity, and belonging.

Video recording available here.

(Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Public Administration, Human Development)

Approaches to Reproductive Healthcare and Reproductive Justice 
2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

A roundtable webinar featuring representatives of Upstream, USA working on reproductive healthcare from policy, education and training, assessment, and community partner perspectives.

      • Jill Sergison, Director of Policy & Strategy (Jill is also a still practicing CNM)
      • Michela Garrison, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 
      • Katresa Jones, Program Implementation Advisor
      • Catherine Read, State Director of Partnerships (North Carolina)

Video recording available here.

(Co-sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Public Administration, I-GMAP, Human Development)

My Experiences as a Judge on Three International Tribunals

Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito
President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
(Introduction by Patricia V. Sellers, International Criminal Attorney)

10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2021

An exclusive webinar with the president of Inter-American Court of Human Rights and author/co-author of several publications on human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Judge Odio Benito has been a judge on the Inter-American Court since 2016 and brings to the presidency more than 50 years of experience defending human rights. 

Recorded Zoom Webinar:

Transcript in English
Transcript in Spanish

Promoting Social Justice for Women and Girls: Research Across the Disciplines

Feminist Research Presentations by Kaschak Fellows

Wednesday, March 31, 2021  

Attend these Zoom events to hear about the successful proposals from students and faculty in previous years.  Applications for Kaschak Institute Fellows funding for 2021-22 are due on April 16. These presentations by students and faculty who were funded for the current year will showcase a wide range of valuable research projects leading to social justice for women and girls. Interesting and important, the presentations may also help others develop new proposals.

10–11 a.m.  Student Project Presentations  

4–5 p.m. Faculty Project Presentations

To see the recorded presentation, click here

Anne Moody's Global Citizenship During the Late Cold War

Noon–1:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021

Leigh Ann Wheeler, professor of history at Binghamton University

Anne Moody--an American civil rights activist in the 1960s and author of Coming of Age in Mississippi (Dial, 1968)--took her stories of racial discrimination, violence, and poverty to Europe in the 1970s.  A reprise of Dr. Wheeler's recent IASH presentation, the talk explores evolutions in Moody's thinking about rights and citizenship as she developed an expatriate's perspective on her native country and an international perspective on human rights.  Examining her life in the context of other African Americans who fled U.S. racism by moving to Europe, it also discusses Moody's experiences with European media and literary communities as well as her ongoing concerns about government surveillance.  

Violence Screening in College Health Centers

Noon–1 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021

Melissa A. Sutherland, professor in Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and director of the Kresge Center for Nursing Research

To view the recorded talk, click here

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) are significant public health issues for women. The National Academy of Medicine and other national organizations recommend that health care providers screen and counsel all women for current and past IPV/SV. However, college health centers have some of the lowest IPV/SV screening rates (10-20%) of all health care settings. College health encounters present unique opportunities to screen college women and mitigate their risk for further violence and adverse sequelae. In order to promote the uptake of routine IPV/SV screening in college health centers, formative implementation research to identify individual-, organization-, and state-level factors will be conducted. Supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, researchers seek to identify facilitators and barriers of screening and elucidate how to effectively implement IPV/SV screening recommendations in college health settings. Implementing routine IPV/SV screening may increase opportunities for early detection, referral and counseling. The study, Multi-level Influences of Violence Screening in College Health Centers, will be conducted across the United States and takes an interdisciplinary, systems science approach to improve health outcomes for women.

Remembering Our Feminist Colleagues

2–3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2021


Black Feminist Archaeology: Using the Past to Fight Racism and Sexism in the Present

Noon–1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Kathleen Sterling, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology

To view the recorded talk, click here

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Stop the Stigma and Save Lives: Grassroots Mobilizations and the Politics of the Opioid Epidemic

Noon–1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2020
Benita Roth
, Professor and Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology

Roth, Stop the Stigma


Historical Fiction for Real Social Justice: Why Literature?

Noon–1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Susan Strehle, Distinguished Service Professor, English

Historical Fiction and Social Justice

Celebration and reception in honor of Ellyn Kaschak

Read coverage of the Sept. 4, 2019, celebration held in recognition of Ellyn Uram Kaschak ’65 at Binghamton University.  

Women, Peace and Security: Re-evaluating Vulnerability” Conference 

April 23-25, 2020, Binghamton University

Held in recognition of the significant anniversaries of UN initatives on gender, including the 20th anniversary of U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security that reaffirmed the central role of women in peace and post-conflict rebuilding, the conference will also link to the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences 70th-anniversary celebrations and recognize Kaschak’s career and generosity.

For more information, see the Binghamton University Human Rights Institute website

This conference was organized by the Human Rights Institute at Binghamton University; the Ellyn Uram Kaschak Institute for Social Justice for Women and Girls at Binghamton University; the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K.; and Vanessa Farr, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Academic Network.

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Events of Note

Women's Earth and Climate
Action Network (WECAN)
Global Gathering and Workshop
in Rome, Italy 

Our Executive Director is facilitating the first WECAN global gathering and workshop on advocacy planning in Rome, Italy.  The WECAN network involves over 200 women-led organizations across 26 countries to design joint advocacy strategies and women's empowerment actions in dryland regions.

This event aims to exchange South-South experiences, lessons learned, and promising practices on how to foster women's meaningful participation in climate-related decision-making processes, and to enhance the outline of the proposed policy brief on women's meaningful participation in climate justice in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems.

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Climate Change Podcast:
Looking Behind the Numbers with PARIS 21

Episode 3:   The hidden linkages between gender data, women's land rights and climate change resilience, with Lorena Aguilar, August 2022.

"My Experiences as a Judge on Three International Tribunals"

with Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito,
President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Recorded Zoom Webinar: