Fulbright for Angela Cruz ’19

Angela Cruz (2nd from left) at the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7) in Bangkok, Thailand where she won the “Best Paper Award” for students. Her oral presentation titled “Addressing Gender Gaps from a Programmatic Perspective” discussed how USAID programs perform gender mainstreaming in fisheries and the challenges they face in doing so.

Angela Cruz, a 2019 SMEA graduate, was granted a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student research award. Her proposed project is to perform a gender analysis of the blue swimmer crab fishery in Betahwalang and Lampung, Indonesia amidst major fishery reform and development of aquaculture facilities. Gender equity has become a priority for many nations and this project will help to address data gaps regarding men and women’s participation in local fisheries industry. Additionally, her community engagement proposal included working with regional fisheries offices on constructing locally relevant gender and fisheries training materials that could be used in the future to build capacity. Angela will be working with Dr. Indah Susilowati out of Diponegoro University in Semarang.