From the Chair

Dear Women & Gender Studies Community:

What a whirlwind it has been these last couple of weeks. On March 11, we received the official word that campus would be moving to remote teaching and learning, as well as remote work for most staff. In my case, that gave me 24 hours to turn my in-class midterm into an online midterm. Other WGST faculty and staff have similar stories of having to learn new skills and innovating, often on very short notice and starting from scratch. While it has been stressful, as everyone tries their best to adjust without diminishing our educational mission, I have been in awe of the can-do attitude and the creative teaching plans now in place. Our students have been truly amazing, making the extra effort to keep up with school work as they were also moving out of dorms and apartments and canceling Spring Break plans. Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our traditional WGST commencement this year and are working to find a good alternative.

A major challenge ahead for WGST and CU will be to address the needs of students facing unemployment, food insecurity, and housing shortages during this period. We know that this will hit some student communities harder—those already socially and economically marginalized.

As always, we would love to hear from you—let us know what you have been up to. And please take care!

Lorraine Bayard de Volo
Chair & Professor, Women and Gender Studies

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Montoya receives 2020 BFA Excellence Award

Dr. Celeste Montoya, associate professor of women and gender studies and Director of the Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program, is one of the three recipients of this year's Boulder Faculty Assembly's Excellence in Leadership & Service Award.

Book Dedication

Library Dedication in Memory of Dr. Matt Brown

Faculty, students and staff gathered in the Cottage library to honor the large donation of books and journals by Dr. Matthew Brown, an instructor in Sociology and the Honors Program, who passed away last November from complications of ALS.


Women Who Make a Difference

Since 2000, the Women Who Make a Difference award has recognized women who have impacted our community by serving as teachers, mentors, mothers and advocates. WGST is proud to introduce two special recipients of the Women Who Make a Difference award for 2019: Sophia Surage and Olivia Gardner.

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Reproductive Justice and Racial Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare and Abortion Care

WGST student Mariana Galvez Seminario led a discussion and workshop on the origins, history, theory, and contemporary applications of reproductive justice.

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WGST Faculty Updates

News and updates from our WGST faculty, including Emmanuel David, Samira Mehta, Kristie Soares and Celeste Montoya.

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New WGST Courses for Fall

We are excited to offer two exciting new topics courses this fall semester, the undergraduate topics course Gender, Justice, Food, and the graduate topics course Gender and Violence: Bedroom/Boardroom/Battlefield.