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International Affairs Department Receives $50,000 Grant from Compton Foundation

January 29, 2016

  Dr. Valerie Hudson

Dr. Valerie Hudson

The Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University has received a prestigious grant of $50,000 from the Compton Foundation. The grant will help support the department’s new Women, Peace, and Security program, led by Dr. Valerie Hudson, professor and George H. W. Bush Chair at the Bush School.

“This grant will really help get the Women, Peace, and Security program off the ground in ways that wouldn’t be possible without this financial support,” said Hudson. “Because of this grant, we will be able to expand the program’s curriculum offerings, reach out to policy makers, engage important networks, explore new research opportunities, and develop policy briefs.”

The newly created program, which launched last semester, seeks to provide students at the Bush School with several opportunities that develop a better understanding of the relationship among issues related to women, peace, and security. In addition to an expanded curriculum, the program plans to provide opportunities to engage with US policymakers on issues of women and national security as well as hold a follow-up conference to the successful “Women’s Insecurity and National Security Conference,” held last year. 

The conference, headlined by Gloria Steinem, featured current and former policymakers, nongovernmental activists, and academic scholars all brought together to discuss a wide array of topics, including US foreign policy and the women of Afghanistan, a more serious consideration of women in state foreign policy,  and policy recommendations for the next US president with regard to global women’s empowerment.

Founded in 1946, the Compton Foundation was created by Dorothy and Randolph Compton after the tragic loss of their son during World War II. Their desire in creating the foundation was to promote peace by eliminating the conditions that bring about war. The new program at the Bush School compliments the Foundation’s efforts to support programs exploring connections among issue areas related to peace and national security.

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