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Layli Maparyan named executive director of Wellesley Centers for Women

Posted by Evan Allen  April 23, 2012 10:40 AM

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Wellesley College today announced the appointment of Layli Maparyan as the new Executive Director of the Wellelsey Centers for Women, one of the nation’s largest organizations conducting research and developing action programs focused on women’s rights and well-being around the world.

“I am so pleased that Dr. Maparyan will join Wellesley in this important role,” said Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly in a press release. “Her work on women’s issues and her dynamic leadership abilities are ideal for building upon the Centers’ legacy of influential and groundbreaking programming. The invaluable work by scholars at the Centers – undertaken in the United States and abroad – reflects Wellesley’s century-long commitment to investing in women and women’s leadership.”

Maparyan has been an associate professor in the Women’s Studies Institute and associated faculty of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University since 2003, according to Wellesley College. She was also graduate director of the WSI and a University senator.

Before that, Maparyan was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Georgia. She was also the founding co-director of the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia.

She has coordinated the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ Women’s Initiative in Atlanta.

Maparyan has a B.A. in philosophy from Spelman College. She has an M.S. in psychology from Penn State University, State College, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Temple University.

Maparyan will have a faculty appointment in Wellesley College’s Department of Africana Studies.

She will start on July 1, 2012.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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