Rethinking Policy on Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Issues

In 2010, CSW initiated a new series of publications to address policy issues in our mission areas of gender, sexuality, and women’s issues. CSW Policy Briefs comprise outstanding applied feminist scholarship by graduate students.

2017-2018 Policy Brief Competition

In 2017-2018, CSW solicited  Policy Briefs on the topic Addressing Sexual Violence; Achieving Justice: Shelter, Intersectionality, and Sexual Harassment Policy.

The award-winning briefs from this competition will be published in early 2019.

Policy Briefs, 2011-2017

For the first set of CSW Policy Briefs, we partnered with Michelle Johnson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Welfare and a CSW Faculty Affiliate, on the development of a call for graduate student policy brief submissions in the area of “Food In/Security: Local, National, or Global Problems and Solutions.” Several students submitted briefs and three were selected for publication. In addition, Graduate Student Researchers, Dayo T. Spencer-Walters and Jackie Hunt, working on CSW’s “Women in Social Movements in Los Angeles, 1960-1999” project also prepared briefs.

For the second set of briefs, we put out a call for policy recommendations in the area of “LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety.”

The third set of briefs focuses on “Women’s Reproductive Health Policy in California.” For these briefs, we partnered with Julie Elginer, a well-known Health Policy Advocate and a Teaching Associate for Master’s-level courses at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

The fourth set focuses on “Women in the Informal Economy: Global Challenges, Local Solutions.” For these briefs, we partnered with Chris Tilly, Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Two CSW Graduate Student Researchers, Skye Allmang and Radhika Mehlotra, also prepared briefs.

The fifth set of briefs was published in conjunction with CSW’s Chemical Entanglements research initiative. UCLA Graduate Students Teniope Adewumi-Gunn, Melissa Kelley, and Isa Arriola authored briefs on chemical exposure and personal care products, while CSW Graduate Student Researcher Gracen Brilmyer collaborated with CSW Program Coordinator Alexandra Apolloni on a brief about exposure and accessibility on university campuses. We thank Professor Tim Malloy for assisting in reviewing these briefs.

All briefs are also available for download at CSW’s site at the California Digital Library.

2016-2017: Chemical Entanglements: Gender, Chemicals, and the Public Health

2015: Women in the Informal Economy: Global Challenges, Local Solutions

2013: Women’s Reproductive Health Policy in California

2012: LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety

2011: Food In/Security: Local, National or Global Problems and Solutions