Champion Gender Equity
HERS relies upon ongoing support from schools, individuals, foundations, and corporations to create and sustain a community of women leaders in higher education. Representation matters, and a deeper pool of women leaders will reshape academia and the quality of its education to better serve today’s increasingly diverse student body. What’s more, these women leaders can serve as role models and mentors to the students who pass through their doors, supporting efforts to achieve gender equity and ultimately equality in education and beyond.
Contributions to HERS funds scholarships for HERS Institute participants, recruitment of diverse program participants, and programming opportunities at conferences and regional meetings.
Mail – Please make checks payable to HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) and send them securely to the address below:
The Judith S. White Endowed Scholarship fund was established in January 2018 to honor former president and executive director of HERS, Judith S. White, Ph.D.
Judith joined HERS in June 2005 and retired in June 2018 after 13 years of extraordinary service to the organization. During the early years of her tenure at HERS, Judith expanded the signature HERS Institute to include the Institute offering at the University of Denver in addition to the offerings at Bryn Mawr College and Wellesley College. Additionally, she reworked the Institute curriculum to better serve the more than 200 women who attend the Institute annually.
During the latter years of her service to HERS, Judith led varying HERS partnership initiatives including the 2012 and 2014 Summits for Women Presidents and Chancellors; a research collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS). Additionally, she secured a $450,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the support of women in STEM leadership. She also co-authored the HERS Research Report titled “Stories from the Summit Trail: Leadership Journeys of Senior Women in Higher Education.”
In addition to Judith’s exceptional work for HERS, Judith served as the chair of the Campus Women Lead Initiative for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as well as a board member for Re: Gender (formerly called the National Council for Research on Women). Additionally, she was active with the American Council on Education’s (ACE) “Moving the Needle” initiative and has presented with the ACE State Women’s Network at the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Conference a number of times.
Judith was an administrator and faculty member at Duke University, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has an A.B. from Princeton, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Lastly, and most importantly, Judith is an alumna of the 1996 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr.