Phone:
810.237.6648
Email:
rushika@umflint.edu
Women's Educational Center

Rushika Patel, Ph.D

Director

Dr. Patel joined the University of Michigan-Flint campus in 2013 as Director of the Women’s Educational Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), an MA in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMASS), and BA in Sociology, Psychology and Secondary English Literature Education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Dr. Patel’s dissertation research and publications contend centrally with ethical and political questions related to the persistence of racial inequality in US higher education.

Dr. Patel has worked domestically and internationally in the education sector for over 15 years. Her professional interests are deeply rooted in a 21st century vision for social justice and the practice of critical pedagogy. She is committed to projects that transform educational institutions by harnessing the generative and innovative potential of diversity and inclusion on the one hand, and removing barriers to educational access for low-income and identity-based groups on the other.

 

 

Phone:
810.237.6648
Email:
kristeng@umflint.edu
Women's Educational Center

Kristen Campbell

Program Coordinator

Phone:
810.424.5343
Email:
mollybar@umflint.edu
Women's Educational Center

Molly Barnard

Program Manager & Sexual Assault Advocate

Molly Barnard started in a brand new position at the Women’s Educational Center in Fall 2015. She is ecstatic about the opportunity to be the Program Manager & Sexual Assault Advocate for the WEC and is excited about what this role can do to engage students in anti-sexual violence efforts on campus and in the community. Molly has her Master’s degree in Women’s & Gender Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She received Bachelor degrees in both Women & Gender Studies and Psychology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Molly’s research is focused on sexual violence and prevention efforts around the issue, and she is honored to hold a position that allows her to put her research into action. Her Master’s thesis was a qualitative research endeavor using feminist methodologies to interview local Sexual Violence Prevention Educators in Chicago’s non-profit sector.

Molly has been doing program coordination since she was in high school, and began program management as the Graduate Assistant for the Women’s & Gender Studies program at Roosevelt University. She is committed to being an ally and advocate for students at UM-Flint, and thinks that having student involvement in all parts of program coordination is a great way to empower them as student leaders and leaders in their communities. As the Sexual Assault Advocate, Molly is a resource, support, and advocate for victims and survivors of sexual violence. She can offer confidential support and advocacy to all students, faculty, and staff.