The Jane Wilson Smith Spring Lecture Series - Making an impact


Pictured above are :Drs. Chloe Bird, Rand Corp; Kat Theall- SPHTM ,MAC Director; Phyllis Raabe, SPHTM and Heidi Hartmann, IWPR founder

This year’s JWS Spring talks were instrumental in addressing two powerful issues of local, state and national concern: sexual assault on campus and paid leave. The spring series kicked off with Kevin Swartout, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Georgia State University and researcher on violence against women, presenting riveting research on sexual aggression on college campuses. He discussed, how sexual violence impacts both victims and aggressors as they leave home to enter college life, as well as the effect it has on the general public.

MAC, along with Phyllis Raabe, Ph.D., of the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) invited, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D. , President and Founder of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to present on the need for paid sick, family and medical leaves throughout the United States. Our research and partnership with the IWPR garnered the attention of Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children, who utilized MAC’s research to author and introduce two bills during the 2015 State Legislative Session for employers to provide paid sick, paid family and medical leaves in Louisiana. Senator Carter was also present to introduce Hartmann and address the local audience on why the issue is of importance to our local economy and quality of life.