Jessica González-Rojas is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health, rights and justice for the 28 million Latinas in the United States. She has been a leader in progressive movements for nearly 20 years, successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence. She is an authentic voice for Latinas and a regular presence in national media outlets. Jessica was published in the Columbia University Journal of Gender and Law (Volume 29, Number 1, 2015), provided content for the groundbreaking publication, “Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change”, contributed an NLIRH publication in the anthology, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Edition (Routledge Press, 2010) and served as an Advisory Member for the publication of Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (Rutgers University Press, 2010).
Jessica sits on the Board of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, chairing the Latina Task Force and Health Committee, serves in an advisory role with Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Emily’s List, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative.
Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York and has taught courses on reproductive rights, gender and sexuality.
This course examines the intersections of gender, race and reproductive rights as it has been constructed and reinforced in the United States. It examines how gender roles, sexuality, and reproductive freedom are influenced and constrained by social, historical, and cultural forces in a race, class and gender framework. Some of the themes we will discuss in this course are gender roles in transition, self-esteem, sexuality, birth control, abortion, sterilization, relationships, family size, family organization and the politicalization of reproduction in the US. We will explore and discuss the ever-evolving political battle over healthcare, with particular focus on services related to pregnancy, birth control and abortion.