Amy FitzgeraldAmy Fitzgerald has been awarded a research fellowship at Harvard Law School to study policies and legislation pertaining to the treatment of pets in cases of relationship breakdowns and domestic abuse.

Criminologist off to Harvard to research laws about pets

A UWindsor criminologist is off to Harvard Law School to research how the courts are beginning to treat pets more like children than property in cases involving relationship breakdowns and domestic abuse.

Amy Fitzgerald, who with UWindsor’s Betty Barrett and Patti Fritz founded the Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group (AIRPARG), has been awarded a research fellowship at Harvard University. She will study policies and legislation in Canada and the United States related to animals, including court orders directing spouses and partners to make support payments for pets.

“They have been developed to help women leave abusive relationships,” Dr. Fitzgerald explained.

Past research by AIRPARG found 89 per cent of a sample of women in domestic violence shelters reported their abuser had also mistreated their pets. More than half of those women said they delayed leaving their abusers due to concern for their pets.

“We know that women will remain at risk and stay in abusive relationships if they can’t take their animals with them when they leave,” Fitzgerald said.

One of AIRPARG’S more recent research projects involved mapping women’s shelters that make accommodations for pets.

Fitzgerald, who will look after a Bernese Mountain Dog while in Boston with her family and will travel to the city with her 16-year-old cat, joined UWindsor’s faculty 13 years ago. She is currently on sabbatical and will be at Harvard from February to June. During her fellowship, she will write papers and present her findings at a public talk.

—Sarah Sacheli

Andrea Sullivan-ClarkeProfessor Andrea Sullivan-Clarke will explore Native American philosophy in a free public lecture Tuesday in the SoCA Armouries.

Lecture to examine First Nations philosophy

The Humanities Research Group will present Andrea Sullivan-Clarke’s lecture, “A Way of Being in the World: Native American/First Nations Philosophy,” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Armouries Performance Hall, 37 University Ave. East.

“In this presentation, I introduce Native American and First Nations philosophy by connecting their traditional oral narratives and thought with three branches of the traditional Western canon: metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology,” says Dr. Sullivan-Clarke. “Through these connections, it will become apparent that First Nations philosophy offers a different way of being in the world.”

Sullivan-Clarke is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and a member of the wind clan of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

For more information on HRG activities, visit

Third-year students in the Visual Arts and the Built Environment (VABE) program will exhibit their work this week in the SoCA Gallery.Third-year students in the Visual Arts and the Built Environment (VABE) program will exhibit their work this week in the SoCA Gallery.

Exhibition to show work by third-year VABE students

Third-year students in the Visual Arts and the Built Environment (VABE) program will showcase their work in an exhibition this week in the SoCA Gallery, located in the Armouries at 37 University Ave East.

Titled “Retrospect,” the exhibition will be open to the public Monday to Friday, from 8: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It features works by Bhavisha Mistry, Bianca Brahimir, Ian Rawlings, Jack Lavigne, Maria Jose, Mona Makki, Philip Jurkowski, Rachel Wightman, and Tiffany Tam Dang.

A reception will welcome the public at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

MFA rollout at UWindsor will begin Jan. 30.

MFA is coming

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a security feature to provide an additional level of identity verification to help prevent unauthorized access to UWindsor’s protected resources when they are being accessed from outside of the University’s networks – essentially from off-campus locations.

“MFA combines two or more independent credentials or "factors" -- what you know (e.g. your password) with something you have (e.g. your mobile phone),” says Marcin Pulcer, assistant director for client services in Information Technology Services. “This combination of factors creates a second layer of security for your UWin account.”

MFA rollout at UWindsor will begin Jan. 30. In preparation, all UWin account holders should set up their authentication options. To do so:

  1. Navigate to in a web browser and sign in with your and UWin Account password.

2. In the Security info box, click the UPDATE INFO link.

3. Click the + Add method button to add an authentication method.

  • Authentication methods include: Phone – text or call and Microsoft Authenticator App – verification code or notification.
  • While there are different authentication options, one of them will be designated as the default method. This can be changed at any time.
  • You can return to the Security info screen at any time to change or delete an authentication method.

It is strongly recommended that UWin account holders setup multiple authentication options for redundancy.

For more detailed information about authentication setup, see this knowledge base article.

Also note that once MFA is fully rolled out at UWindsor, setting up authentication options will be mandatory as access to UWindsor’s networks from off-campus locations will be denied without one.

“With the introduction of the new login process and MFA, UWindsor is enhancing its cybersecurity while easing the challenge of remembering and entering passwords,” says Pulcer. “In addition, once MFA is in place, the University’s password change interval will be extended from 120 days (or once per semester) to 365 days (or once per year).”

To learn more about MFA, visit You can also ask a question or open a UWin Account ticket.

Nominations open for 2020 equity leadership award

The Windsor University Faculty Association’s Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee is now accepting nominations for the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award for 2020.

Now in its 11th year, the award is named to honour Mary Lou Dietz — a late UWindsor faculty member and former head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology — in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

The recipient will be a current, former or a retired member of the faculty association who demonstrates the spirit of equity leadership by:

  • Innovative strategies, approaches and activities for creating a climate of equity and diversity on campus;
  • Leadership in recruiting diverse candidates, colleagues, and students;
  • Providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students and colleagues in the spirit of equity and diversity;
  • Service on equity and diversity committees;
  • Service to the faculty association;
  • Public advocacy on equity and diversity;
  • Scholarly work, including paper presentations, lectures, or publications on equity and diversity;
  • Excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum design to further the cause of employment equity and diversity.

Find details and forms on the faculty association’s website.

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, title and credentials, as well as a letter outlining the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions, addressing the criteria set out above, nominations are to be received by March 2.

Send nominations to the faculty association office by:

  • e-mail to as a PDF or MS-Word document
  • post to WUFA, 366 Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON N9B 3P4.
Chickpea and cauliflower curry on riceChickpea and cauliflower curry is featured on the Meatless Monday lunch menu, Jan. 20 in the student centre Marketplace.

Plant-based lunch options grace Marketplace menu

As part of its continuing promotion of Meatless Monday lunches, Food Services is offering diners a choice of vegetarian entrées from its Chef to U station today in the CAW Student Centre’s Marketplace.

On the menu are:

  • Black bean and sweet potato burrito with spicy pico de gallo;
  • Chickpea and cauliflower curry over fragrant basmati rice; and
  • Grilled portobello burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and vegan chipotle mayo;

as well as the pasta special of the day for $5.99.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.