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Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

Rachel Zaslow 2017 Rodriguez Lecturer

About the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

In 2014, Beverly Cobble Rodriguez and Joe V. Rodriguez, Jr. generously endowed the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship Fund Supporting Women’s Education and Global Leadership to allow us to host an annual lecture on women’s education and global leadership with a special emphasis on healthcare, multi-national business, and the liberal arts.

The Selection Process

The Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship uses a pan-university nomination and selection process. We publish an open call for nominations in February. Our selection committee chooses a lecturer whose talk will serve to expand the thinking of UVA students to include a broader sense of global responsibility. The lecture takes place during UVA’s International Education Week in October.


Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturers are:

  • Leaders engaged in global work in one or more fields:  healthcare, business, education, liberal arts.
  • Able to inspire students to become leaders in helping solve some of the most challenging global issues.
  • Qualified to contribute to students’ preparation to be the determined and results-oriented women leaders that the world needs.

Nomination Form:

During the nomination period, our nomination form is available on this page. Please be prepared to include one or more links that the selection committee can use to view footage of the nominee speaking.


2017 Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lecturer

Rachel Zaslow (pictured above on the right)
Rachel Zaslow is the Executive Director of Mother Health International, a non-profit that works to reduce perinatal mortality rates through the education of midwives and the creation of sustainable birth centers in areas where the burden of mortality is highest. Rachel is a midwife and has her PhD in Feminist Theory. She teaches courses in Women’s Health, War and Trauma, International Development as well as the intersections between Narrative and Medicine. 

Nominations for the 2017 Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship are open

Nominations for the 2018 Rodriguez Lectureship are now open! Please submit your nomination here.

Past Lecturers for the Beverly Cobble Rodriguez Lectureship

2017     Rachel Zaslow, Executive DIrector of Mother Health International

2016     Gretchen Steidle, Founder and President of Global Grassroots

2015     Jessica Posner Odede, Co-founder and COO of Shining Hope for Communities