Even after a difficult spring semester, we are able to look back on our academic year as a whole with a sense of pride for all we have accomplished.
Our incredible faculty accomplished many things during this academic year.
- Emily Kazyak, associate professor of sociology and women's and gender studies, and Kelsy Burke, assistant professor of sociology, were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study religious freedom and sexual/gender minority rights policy.
- Dr. Kathryn Holland, assistant professor of psychology and women's and gender studies, was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) for an article she co-authored, "Compelled disclosure of college sexual assault," published in American Psychologist. She was also awarded the Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award.
- Shari Stenberg, Acting Director of WGS, published her book co-edited with Charlotte Hogg, Persuasive Acts: Women’s Rhetorics in the Twenty-first Century.
- Rose Holz, Associate Director of WGS, published a book chapter titled “‘Art in the Service of Medical Education:’ The 1939 Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series and the Use of Sculpture to Teach the Process of Human Development from Fertilization Through Delivery,” in Visualizing the Body in Art, Anatomy, and Medicine Since 1800: Models and Modeling, edited by Andrew Graciano (Routledge, 2019). She also presented her research on the 1939 Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series sculptures at the Symposium on “Normalizing Sex Research and Education in America: Robert Latou Dickinson in Perspective” in Boston, MA and at the Symposium on “The Coming of Age of the Public Fetus: Exploring Pregnant and Fetal Bodies in Visual Culture” at Uppsala University, Sweden.
We’re very proud of our students who accomplished great things this year as well.
This year we awarded three WGS scholarships.
- Melba Cope Undergraduate Scholarship—Micah Morris
- Dr. Christine Black Undergraduate Scholarship—Grace Heath, Taylor Woodsmall
We also announced the recipients of our WGS awards.
- Outstanding Student Achievement Award—Celie Knudsen
- Karen Dunning Undergraduate Creative/Scholarly Project Award—Tytus Zink
- Karen Dunning Graduate Creative/Scholarly Project Award—Mallory Marsh
- WGS Graduate Student Travel Award—Mallory Marsh
And in our classs of 2020, we graduated seven women’s and gender studies majors and eighteen minors along with seven LGBTQ/sexuality studies minors.
Four of our students graduated with honors:
- Highest Distinction—Simone Droge, Celie Knudsen, Ashley Morrison
- High Distinction—Julien Hoffman
This year we also saw some new exciting things happen within our program.
- August saw the publication of Art from Trauma: Genocide and Healing Beyond Rwanda, a book written in memory of former WGS chairwoman Chantal Kalisa.
- In September we were excited to have Tomi-Ann Roberts deliver our first Annual WGS Lecture “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear” about objectification theory and #MeToo.
- Former director Margaret Jacobs co-founded “Reconciliation Rising,” a podcast that “showcases the lives and work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the U.S. who are engaged in honestly confronting painful and traumatic histories, promoting meaningful and respectful dialogue between Natives and non-Natives, and creating pathways to reconciliation.”
- Alumna Christine Black, MD established a new undergraduate scholarship for the program.
We are proud of our accomplishments from 2019-2020 and we are excited to see everyone back on campus in the fall.