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U.Va.’S Gertrude Fraser Named To Ford Foundation Post

December 15, 2000 -- Gertrude Fraser, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia, has accepted a two-year position as program officer in The Ford Foundation’s Education, Knowledge and Religion Program in New York.

Fraser will take a leave of absence from the University to join the prestigious grant-making organization in January where she will work as a program officer with the education, knowledge and religion team on three tasks: supporting interdisciplinary research on gender, ethnicity, race and identity; creating a new intercultural global curriculum; and encouraging activities to foster a more diverse faculty and administrative leadership in higher education.

A native of Jamaica, Fraser earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Johns Hopkins University. After earning her Ph.D. Fraser served as a consultant to the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia and taught at Cornell University before joining the faculty of U.Va. in 1991.

A specialist in medical anthropology and Africa-American ethnography, Fraser’s publications include the book, "African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race and Memory." Her current research explores two generations of families dealing with breast cancer, and rural mental health among African American and poor white communities in the South

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, grant-making organization. For more than a half century it has been a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide, guided by its goals to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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