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The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities mission is to advance the contributions of women in the arts and humanities by facilitating research, hosting visiting scholars and artists, mounting exhibitions, and engaging in university-community partnerships with artists, performers, scholars and cultural-makers. Our vision is to bring high quality educational and cultural opportunities that serve this purpose to diverse global, national, regional, state, and university audiences.

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) is a university-wide unit reporting to the Vice President of Academic Initiatives¬†under the auspices of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. CWAH is a consortium member of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Advisory Council
Anonda Bell, Director & Chief Curator, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers-Newark
Leah DeVun, Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education, Department of History, Rutgers-New Brunswick
Jeff Friedman, Director, MFA Dance Program, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers-New Brunswick
Marty Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, Rutgers-Camden


Founded in 2006 as the Institute for Women and Art, the IWA was renamed the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities in 2015. The IWA was co-founded by Rutgers Distinguished Professor Emeriti Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin. From its inception until 2020, the organization reported to Isabel Nazario (retired), Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion.