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From symposia to film screenings and lecture events featuring internationally renowned scholars, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow students, faculty, and alumni in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) network.

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WGSS Students and faculty speaking at the undergraduate mixer WGSS Director Kavita Daiya with students at the March 2019 Open House for Undergraduates




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Department News

Professor Eiko Strader

WGSS Faculty Published: Dr. Eiko Strader

Congratulations to Dr. Eiko Strader on her research being published in "A Second Chance in the Military" on the Work in Progress blog site! Dr. Strader explores one of the largest employers to regularly hire people with a criminal record, the United States military, and how there is little about these people's lives and experiences. This research adds to the growing body of knowledge about the nature of jobs that are available to the people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Former U.S. Attorney General Makes Virtual Classroom Visit

The WGSS community was incredibly honored and inspired to have a guest speaker in WGSS 2135 "A Study of Gender and Media" in September 2020. The distinguished 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2008-2015) Mr. Eric H. Holder, Jr. Undergraduate and graduate students were very inspired by his reflections on voter suppression, the importance of voting, and fighting for justice. He shared brilliant advice with great moral clarity and warmth for the next generation on imagining and creating change, and left us all so inspired and motivated.

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Public Policy, Eiko Strader

CCAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring

A CCAS award by Eiko Strader, a professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies and public policy, earned the Award for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring.

Kavita Daiya, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Fulbright Specialist, 2020-2023

WGSS Director and Associate Professor of English Kavita Daiya was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2020-2023) with expertise in Gender Studies, Migration and Peace Studies, and Postcolonial Literature and Cinema.

A coffee cup and a notepad with the text "New Year's Resolutions" written on it

Why Your New Year’s Resolution Should Be Self-Acceptance

WGSS Program Director Kavita Daiya urges people to reframe negative messages about eating and weight loss.

Members of Rape Crisis of Cape Town Trust

Students Help Sexual Violence Survivors in Cape Town

Undergraduate students Ariella Neckritz (BA ’16) and Shakti Naidoo (BA ’15) interned at the Rape Crisis center while studying abroad in Cape Town. During the internship, the students held discussion-based seminars with local teens about rape and gender equality and learned to develop effective support models for survivors. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was made possible by a WGSS Program partnership with the crisis center.