Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women


The Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women embrace a twofold mission. First, it promotes research on women by initiating projects and programs on campus that supports the work of faculty, encourages student learning, and provides information and resources to the wider Brooklyn community. Second, it upholds and preserves the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, a distinguished alumna of Brooklyn College. With the help of an external bequest to the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the center will be founded as an affiliate to the academic program.

Women and gender (the social and historical meanings of the distinction between men and women) are fundamental categories of social, cultural and scientific inquiry integral to the study of the diversity of human experience. Consequently, the overarching goal of the center is to conduct research to develop original scholarship on gender and new questions promoting the growth of feminist inquiry and practice. Our aim is to investigate women in society and culture in historical and contemporary contexts at the intersection of class, race, ethnicity and nationality and to establish connections between local issues and the global context.

The center is envisioned as a vehicle to advance the professional development of Brooklyn College faculty in the areas of teaching, research, and community service through help with both shared research and grant writing. The center serves as a forum to initiate collaborative work and external grant applications among faculty with common research interests.

The Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women became a CUNY university center in 2007, and Patricia Antoniello was elected the center's first director. Antoniello is an associate professor and teaches in the departments of Anthropology and Archaeology, and Health and Nutrition Sciences.