From the Chair

Dear WGST Friends,

In the midst of such stress and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, I am happy to share some good news with you!

While sheltering in place, WGST faculty, staff, and students alike rose to the new challenges posed by remote education. We graduated 18 majors, 27  minors, and 5 graduate certificate students this Spring. I invite you to learn about and honor these new graduates and award recipients by looking through our Virtual Yearbook.

Several of our amazing students have received college recognition for their work. Three WGST majors are Van Ek scholarship recipients, one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ highest honors: Mariana Galvez Seminario, Olivia Gardner, and Madie Boreman. Olivia has also received ODECE's Equity and Excellence student award. More information on these awardees can be found below.

We do not yet know all that the fall semester holds for us—whether it will be remote, in-person, or a hybrid approach. But we do know of a few changes.

College Professor of Distinction Alison Jaggar is officially retiring, though she remains affiliated with the university and WGST as she continues her research. Please join me in celebrating her brilliant career and wishing her well in retirement. If you'd like to share your favorite memories of Alison, or your thanks to her, please send these to us at

Also, as I step down as chair after my second term, it is my great pleasure to leave the position in the very capable hands of Professor Kaifa Roland. You can learn more about Dr. Roland, who was recently named Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor, on her Department of Anthropology profile, and we will also feature a profile of Dr. Roland in our next newsletter.

Here’s to a wonderful summer! Stay safe. Stay cool.

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