September 15, 2019
In October, the American Psychological Foundation, home to the Christine Blasey Ford Research Grant for the Study of Trauma Related to Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence, or Sexual Harassment, is holding a gala to raise money for psychology research into the prevention of violence against women and into ending gun violence.
The gala provides an occasion for me to try to raise additional funds to contribute to Christine Blasey Ford grant. The more we grow the grant's endowment, the more research that gets funded. Now, more than ever, we need to honor women like Dr. Blasey and others who study and educate people about violence against women, as well as women who bravely speak up about their own experiences to raise public awareness.
One way to honor such women is to promote rising researchers themselves studying the problem of violence against women. If we raise at least $2500 in this round, we can fund a table at the gala and put at least an electronic announcement of the Christine Blasey Ford Grant and how it came to be in the gala's program (if we raise $5000, we may be in time to include the announcement in the print edition.)
Small dollars add up, and donations in any amount are welcome. Below is the original "story" for the effort to raise money to endow an academic fund to honor Dr. Blasey Ford.
On September 27th, 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (who uses “Blasey” professionally) carried on her career as a scholar and educator, by providing lessons in civic responsibility, courage, and using one’s knowledge to speak truth to power. Since 1995, at least, when she published her dissertation, Dr. Blasey has been engaged in research and teaching.
To honor her, particularly in her professional capacity, this is a campaign to raise funds to endow an academic chair (professorship) and/or scholarships, to be named so as to recognize Dr. Blasey.
I do not know Dr. Blasey and I am doing this on my own initiative. I will attempt to confer with her about where to locate and how to title any endowment we raise. I began this campaign on September 27th, so that all who can donate or publicize could immediately demonstrate the same commitment to education Dr. Blasey so clearly has and to show our appreciation for her commitment and integrity.
I previously sponsored a capped fundraiser to assist Dr. Blasey with her security expenses. She has access to the funds and I understand she will draw upon them when she has the opportunity to do something other than hire security and prepare for hearings. Because I am not aware of her having need for further financial assistance at this time, I decided to fundraise to recognize her personal and professional accomplishments, to make sure she knows people see her as far more than "just" a victim or even survivor of sexual assault and as more than a witness in a Senate hearing. ...
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