About the Friends of The Kinsey Institute
The Friends of The Kinsey Institute is a membership organization of interested individuals from around the world who offer diverse experience, abilities, and perspectives to support and strengthen the mission of The Kinsey Institute. As active advocates of the importance of interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction, the Friends act as liaisons within their own communities to help to grow public awareness of the vital work of the Institute.
"The Friends are individuals who, for personal or professional reasons, have decided to do what they can to ensure that The Kinsey Institute remains vibrant and progressive," says Dr. Michael Reece, current president of the Friends. Reece is coordinator of the Master of Public Health program at Indiana University, and director of the Sexual Health Research Working Group (SHRWG), an initiative designed to facilitate collaborative sexual health research among faculty members and graduate students at Indiana University.
"As a sex researcher, my work is certainly made easier simply by the fact that The Kinsey Institute exists," Reece explains. "But even before I became a researcher I was aware of the extent to which the Institute has such an impact worldwide on the ability of individuals and societies to question and debate issues related to sexuality and gender. For me, becoming a Friend was just one small way to say Yes - The Kinsey Institute remains a critical entity in the world and I want to do what I can to support it."
Through the Grant-in-Aid program, the Friends confer sexuality research grants to emerging scholars and their faculty mentors. Friends help to raise funds that support special projects of The Kinsey Institute, including those that encourage collaboration with the broader sex research community.
For more information, contact Terra Fuller, Development Officer, at (812) 855-1557 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.« Return to Spring 2007 Contents