Bolder Voices Summer 2021

News and updates on WGST students and faculty, including profiles of our 2021 graduates and video of our commencement ceremony.

Leila Gomez

Gómez joins WGST Faculty

Dr. Leila Gómez, director of the Latin American Studies Center (LASC), has joined the faculty of Women and Gender Studies as associate professor. Recently awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award by the CU Graduate School, Gómez's research centers on Latin American and Indigenous literatures and cultures from the 19th to 21st centuries, with emphasis in the Andes, Mexico, Paraguay and Argentina.

Maisam Alomar

Alomar Receives Fellowship from Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Dr. Maisam Alomar, assistant professor of women and gender studies, has been named a 2021 Career Enhancement Fellow by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. This fellowship, funded by by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior and other faculty members in the humanities,...

Van Ek Awardees

Friesen & Rickert receive Van Ek Award

One of the College of Arts and Sciences' highest honors, the Jacob Van Ek Scholar Award is given annually to faculty-nominated students who display superior academic achievement and service to their communities. "This year's winners managed, under very difficult circumstances, to excel academically and to contribute enormous service to incredibly...

WGST Awards

2021 WGST Scholarship & Award Recipients

The Department of Women and Gender Studies offers several scholarships and awards to our students each year. The recipients are chosen by our faculty, to honor exceptional students for their academic work, campus activism, and service to the department. We are pleased to present this year's deserving awardees: Joanne Easley...

Trans Abolitionist Visions

Trans Abolitionist Visions

Wednesday, April 14th @ 2:00 pm MDT Join us for a conversation with local trans of color organizers and activists on abolitionist futures. We'll discuss what trans of color visions offer us in imagining a world without policing, incarceration, and borders. Our panelists include Jordan Garcia, Stevie Gunter, Maya Rothlein,...

2011 Grads

Bolder Voices Spring 2021


Trans/Nonbinary Faculty of Color Panel

As part of the monthly TRANSforming Gender Conference , faculty from various universities in Colorado (including CU Boulder, Metropolitan State University, and Colorado College) gathered for a panel on February 23rd to speak about their experiences as trans/nonbinary faculty of color in doing research, activism, teaching and mentoring in higher...


Johnny Pacheco—Pioneer of Black Caribbean Music—Passes Away

Salsa music lost its founder last week—flutist, composer, band leader, and producer Johnny Pacheco passed away at 85 years old. In an early salsa landscape dominated by Puerto Rican and Cuban musicians, Dominican Johnny Pacheco must be considered one of the genre’s originators. Read more about this influential artist in an article in Latinx Spaces by Dr. Kristie Soares.

Aesthetics of Excess

Book Talk: Aesthetics of Excess

The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment Tuesday, March 16th 4:00pm - 5:15pm MST Thanks to everyone who joined us for a virtual discussion of the new book from Duke University Press, featuring the author Dr. Jillian Hernandez, assistant professor of Gender, Sexualities and Women's Studies at the...