Directors Approve $60,000 Grant for Anti-Domestic-Violence Initiative
The first action taken by the Women’s Division board of directors at their semiannual meeting was the unanimous vote to designate $60,000 for the Inelda Z. González Initiative on Domestic Violence in honor of the Women’s Division president during the 2009-2012 quadrennium.
The initiative will provide funds for resources, trainings, and yearlong internships in New York City to help bring awareness and action to domestic violence during the 2013-2016 quadrennium.
It has been a tradition of the Women’s Division to honor the exiting president with a grant dedicated to an advocacy issue of her choice in the following quadrennium, decided on at the quadrennium’s final board meeting. The board of directors met March 15-19, 2012, in Plano, Texas.
Ms. González chose domestic violence as the issue she wanted the initiative to focus on because, as she put it, “Growing up in Southern Texas in a diverse but mainly Hispanic community, it was easier for men to hit their wives than deal with the problems of poverty and job loss. The situation has improved,” she said, “but it still exists.”
She added, “As a classroom teacher, I started seeing the symptoms of domestic violence in my students, and that broke my heart. When children are affected by domestic violence, I realized that this gift could touch so many more lives than I would be able to touch otherwise.”
Ms. González accepted her gift in front of family members and fellow directors at the quadrennial celebration honoring the 2009-2012 Women’s Division directors.
Leigh Rogers is public relations staff for the Women's Division.