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Crowning A Queen: Dedicated Humanitarian

Posted on: October 23, 2009

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There are so many amazing women and girls who are doing great things. So each month, I’m giving props to ladies who are making it happen. This month our queen is Dr. Beverlee Bruce, an Anthropologist and human rights activist.   Read about her work helping women and children refugees…dr. bruce 10-23

Dr. Beverlee Bruce received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She received her BA in English from California State University-Los Angeles and an AA in Drama from Los Angeles City College.

Dr. Beverlee Bruce was a social anthropologist, development specialist and educator. She had served as the Program Director at the Social Science Research Council with the Mellon Minority Fellowship Program where I worked for her over four years as a consultant evaluator of the program’s summer conference.    She always had the coolest books in her office and had read each one.  She was always thirsty for knowledge; particularly when it came to appreciation of other cultures.

Over her career, Dr. Bruce was the U.S. Peace Corps Director and Chief Technical Advisor for the United Nations Self-Help Village Development Project in Liberia.  Dr.  Beverlee Bruce also mentored and trained students at the Universities she taught including, Columbia, the City University of New York, Temple, Harvard, Northeastern and Howard Universities, as well as at the Universities of Massachusetts/Boston, California/Los Angeles, the University of Liberia/Monrovia and at Marymount Manhattan and Wellesley Colleges.

She lived and traveled to many countries including visits multiple times a year to her ‘second’ home in Liberia.   Dr. Bruce was an activist, fighting for the voices of women and children who were victims of war and conflict.    Dr. Bruce was on the board of the Women’s Refugee Commission in 1991 and was chair from 1995 to 1999. She participated in many organizational delegations to assess the needs of refugee and displaced women and children and led the Women’s Commission delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995.

 

Dr.  Bruce provided mentorship and a matter of fact approach to problem solving that I will always be grateful for.  Her favorite term, ‘what to do’ is a mantra I try now to live by.  Her advice to girls and young women would be that there is so much in life we have no control over so there is no point in doing anything except letting go.   Thank you Dr. Bruce for your love, activism and dedication.

 

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