The UC Santa Cruz Sociology Department Jessica Roy Memorial Award
Raising money to support our students and their continued work in challenging dominant norms and structures.
Your gift will support one or more graduate students within any department who pursues studies focusing on the equitable distribution of natural resources in international development, especially as that equity applies to women. The award, which is based on academic merit, is intended to provide stipends to support fieldwork travel and research.
Family, friends, and colleagues established the Jessica Roy Memorial Award in 2005 to honor the memory of UCSC graduate student Jessica Roy. At 28, Jessica had earned her master’s degree in sociology and was in Kenya engaging in Ph.D. dissertation fieldwork when she lost her life after being struck by a car on August 28, 2004.
At the time of her death Jessica had developed vital insights into the links between social structure, women’s access to water, and how safe and plentiful water can alter women’s lives and livelihoods. Her work has continued through collaboration between the late Ben Crow of the UCSC Sociology Department and Brent Swallow of the World Agroforestry Centre located in Nairobi, Kenya. To read more regarding Jessica's studies choose from the following links:
The Jessica Roy Memorial Award Fund, a permanent endowment, provides funding for an annual award for one or more graduate students to continue Jessica’s professional passions of water and women: her Ph.D. work focused on how success factors for social organization of water users’ groups, how the poor and women can be included in such groups, and how women and the poor are affected by lack of safe water and by improved access to safe water. Her approach was interdisciplinary, including environmental, feminist, and sociological perspectives.
The award, which is based on academic merit, is intended to provide its winners with stipends to support fieldwork travel and research focusing on the equitable distribution of natural resources in international development, especially as that equity applies to women.
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