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DATE: February 13, 2002

Milford resident named winner of UM-Dearborn's Susan B. Anthony award

DEARBORN--- Suzanne Bergeron, assistant professor of women's studies and social sciences and associate director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been chosen by the campus's Commission for Women as the winner of the 24th annual Susan B. Anthony award.

The award recognizes campus staff, faculty and students who have made a significant contribution to gender equality.

"Bergeron's commitment to women's issues is deep-seated and enduring, because there is so much work to be done," according to one nominator. "She understands that women's rights are the bedrock of human rights, and that we're all responsible for each other in this global family of ours. She'll clearly keep working until everyone gets that."

Bergeron's commitment to women's issues dates back to her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, where she worked closely with that campus's Everywomen's Center as an advocate on women's workplace health and safety and pay equity issues. While pursuing her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Notre Dame, she also helped the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom with campaigns on issues regarding women's security worldwide. She also co-founded a National Organization of Women (NOW) chapter at Notre Dame, and was an active supporter of the first gay rights organization on that campus.

Bergeron's research interests focus on the status of women in the global economy and on the problem of the "invisibility of women" in economic theory.

Bergeron has published or presented more than 20 papers devoted to such topics as gender inclusivity, the implications of gendered theoretical perspectives, the consequences of changing socio-economic policy on women's lives, and the impact of globalization on women. Her most recent article appeared in the "Gender and Globalization" special issue of the journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Since joining the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1998, Bergeron has taught a number of courses on women's issues, including "Introduction to Women's Studies," "Gender and Globalization," "Feminist Theory," "Women, Politics and the Law," and the core Women's Studies seminar for the master of arts in liberal studies degree program.
Bergeron has organized a number of panels for organizations such as the Association for Economic and Social Analysis, the International Association for Feminist Economics, and the National Women's Studies Association. In fall 2000, she co-organized the conference "Negotiating Borders: The Apparel Industry, Trade, and Human Rights Among the Disciplines" at the Ann Arbor campus.

Some of Bergeron's recent accomplishments at UM-Dearborn include spearheading the Women in Learning and Leadership initiative for the Women's Studies Program, organizing a speaker series on "Gender, Politics, and Changing Notions of Citizenship," serving on the campus's Women on the Move committee, co-founding a mentor program between Women's Studies Students and students in the CASL college options program, and working on the Women's Resource Center initiative.

A dinner ceremony honoring Bergeron will take place at the Henry Ford Estate on Tuesday, Feb. 26, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.
The evening's guest speaker will be Esther Shapiro, former director of Detroit's consumer affairs department. For ticket information, contact Susan Rowe at 313-593-5140.

Bergeron is a Milford resident.

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