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Students win social justice award at UCF Service-Learning Showcase

December 1, 2017

Students in the WST 3522: First and Second Wave Feminism course led by Dr. M.C. Santana won a Social Justice Special Recognition Award at the UCF Service-Learning Showcase. Their project included documenting items from the Judith and Warren Kaplan Collection in the UCF Library. The team “Santana’s Chickens” include students Olivia Zokan, Mary Crivelli, Juliana Snowden, and Sarah Kwilecki. “The class that has allowed me to participate in service-learning at UCF has... Read More

Preston-Sidler and Bubriski-McKenzie speak at AAUW

October 18, 2017

Dr. Leandra Preston-Sidler was invited by the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) New Smyrna branch to speak on October about Gender and Community Activism at their membership meeting. The audience included approximately thirty active AAUW members involved in their own community work, particularly raising money for scholarships to support girls pursuing STEM education and careers. Dr. Preston-Sidler spoke about her life of activism, particularly the organization she founded,... Read More

Movie KNIGHT with Dr. Santana

September 22, 2017

Dr. M. C. Santana, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies will introduce the film Wonder Women, a Warner Brothers Film at Movie Knight on October 10, 2017 (7:30 PM) at the CFE Arena. Movie Knight is a perfect break from the semester during Homecoming Week. This event is meant not only to engage the community, but also provide a memorable experience for UCF knights. Doors open at 7:00... Read More

Dr. Preston-Sidler Elected Distance Education Chair

September 21, 2017

Congratulations to our own Dr. Leandra Preston-Sidler for being elected Chair of the Distance Education Interest Group of the National Women Studies Association. ... Read More

Returning Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students celebrate the beginning of fall term

August 31, 2017

The Women's and Gender Studies program sponsored the reception "Chocolate, Chat and Coffee" for Faculty and Junior Affiliates on May 30th. The event was a collegial reception providing a space to share research and ongoing projects with each other. The next social event is a Wine and Cheese scheduled for later in the term. The Women's and Gender Studies program has more than 40 interdisciplinary faculty and staff and over 18 graduate students listed as Junior Affiliates. For more... Read More

UCF Students Gain Insight Through Service-Learning

August 9, 2017

In Summer 2017, Dr. Maria Santana and Dr. Alvin Wang brough students to Mexico for an incredible experience. Read more... In June, a group of University of Central Florida students and faculty members traveled to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico for a service-learning program at a Tzotzil school in Corazón de María. UCF collaborated with Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH) on the project. The... Read More

Dr. M. C. Santana Featured in the Cover of the Peace and Justice Institute Newsletter

July 28, 2017

Santana is part of the Advisory Board of the PJI since 2015. The Peace and Justice Institute, housed in Valencia College, works across Central Florida supporting efforts of communication across intersectionalities.. The Institute is guided by its mission: All People. All Voices. All Matter. Making a difference by intentionally engaging in practices and principles that explore, advocate, and honor the dignity of self, others, and the earth. You can see the cover and read the newsletter... Read More

UCF Students Gain Insight Through Service-Learning

July 25, 2017

In June, a group of University of Central Florida students and faculty members traveled to San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico for a service-learning program at a Tzotzil school in Corazón de María. UCF collaborated with Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH) on the project. The UCF group encompassed a wide range of undergraduate students with majors as diverse as creative writing, biomedical sciences, nursing and political science. Dr. Maria Santana, director of the Women’s and Gender... Read More

Camille Robinson

July 25, 2017

Former YWLP Facilitator and Big Sister, Camille Robinson, will begin her graduate studies at King College in London, England in Fall 2017! Camille is working on a Master's Degree in International Conflict, Security and Development focusing on women's and girls' rights. Camille graduated from UCF in 2017 with an bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Health and Biomedical Science and a minor in Women's Studies.  During her senior year at UCF, she received the Dorothy... Read More

Kevin Mora: One of Many Success Stories

May 21, 2017

Meet Kevin Mora, a UCF May 2017 graduate and former foster care child. Mora is staring a career at the Orlando Regional Medical Center microbiology lab.  His past in foster care was difficult but he focused in his schoolwork and thrived at UCF. He says, “You are forced to grow up fast; otherwise, you’ll just drown.” Kevin is among 11 former foster care children graduating from UCF this May. He spent most of his teenage years in foster care until he came to UCF. Now he is a role model for... Read More

Anna V. Eskamani Service-Learning Day 2017

May 20, 2017

May 20th marks Anna V. Eskamani Service-Learning Day! Service-Learning is a major component of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and we embrace the power of service and its integration into academics wholeheartedly. To celebrate throughout the week, we will elevate programs that impact Florida's foster children and meet successful UCF graduates who experienced foster care. Anna being Anna--super feminist activist! Victor & Anna: Victor Sims is a foster child and incredible... Read More

2017 Women’s and Gender Studies Scholarship Winners

April 28, 2017

Dorothy Height Outstanding Women's and Gender Graduate Marjorie Bostwick Camille Robinson Emilia Nicholson-Fajardo Martha Hitt Emerging STEM Scholar Taiason Cole Eleanor Roosevelt LEAD Emerging Scholar Danielle Dickey Burnett Honors Emerging Scholar Rayanna Riecss Fellowship on Women's History (NEW) Bianca Sánchez Orange County Medical Alliance Society Endowed Grant Erica... Read More

WGST Affiliates receive tenure, promotion

April 24, 2017

We are happy to announce that the following Women's and Gender Studies affiliates received tenure, promotion. Congratulations! Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor: Amanda Anthony, Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Lindsay Neuberger, Jennifer Sandoval and promotion to Associate Lecturer to Sandra... Read More

Student Spoken Word

April 21, 2017

During our last Open Heart/Open Mic event of the academic year on April 19, 2017 , Statistics major and Political Science minor, Grace Cristiani shared her poem "Nevertheless, She Persisted" We are sharing here for your delight! “Nevertheless, She Persisted” By: Grace Christiani Her uniform is a pantsuit And her stage is capitol hill. She stands before 83 men, 16 women And she reads the words of Coretta Scott King. She is barred from floor discussion on a cabinet... Read More

8th WomanToWoman Conference to be Held April 1

March 17, 2017

The 8th WomanToWoman conference will take place in Apopka on April 1. UCF's Women's and Gender Studies program, partnered with the Farmworker Association of Florida, will host a one-day conference to discuss topics such as "women's health, domestic violence, trauma, financial freedom, self-esteem and overall empowerment." The WomanToWoman conference provides a platform to examine and discuss issues facing low-income African American, Haitian, and Hispanic women farmworkers... Read More


March 16, 2017

“WGST’s mentoring program for girls, Young Women Studies Program (YWLP) has been awarded a $7,000 Community Action Grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to integrate a STEM sub-program titled SLAM (Science Leadership and Mentoring) for 2016-2017. SLAM focuses on STEM leadership, education, and careers. Big Sisters expose, encourage and excite their Little Sisters towards STEM education and careers through their mentoring, interactive activities, workshops, and... Read More


Celebrating International Women’s Day at UCF!

March 8, 2017

Our celebration started yesterday March 7th with #WomanFest2017 a day of activities for all to join the conversation on empowerment and service with a panel, open mic and zine workshop. The Women’s and Gender Studies program supports all women in higher education and promotes safe spaces for all people in campus. In a day like today, March 8, you can join the American Association of University Women in their #StandUptoSexism campaign by challenging your biases. The truth is that even... Read More

WGST Students win AAUW Scholarships

March 3, 2017

Students Bianca Sanchez and Camille Robinson received travel scholarships from the American Association of University Women, Winter Park/ Orlando branch for attending the National Conference for College Student Women Leaders ( in Washington, D. C. . Sanchez and Robinson will join other women leaders in the campus of the University of Maryland for three days in June 2017. Good luck UCF leaders! Pictured are Dr. Anne Bubriski, Coordinator of the Young Women Leaders... Read More

WGST Faculty Affiliate Malaret wins SL award

February 15, 2017

The Women's and Gender Studies program congratulates Dr. Stacey Malaret, Director of the LEAD Academy as the 2017 recipient of the Service Learning Excellence award. Dr. Malaret incorporates Service Learning at the heart of the LEAD Academy. We are very proud of you and  celebrate your commitment to our... Read More

2018 Study Abroad to Peru!

December 21, 2016

The Latin American Studies program at UCF received a Department of Education grant to develop the project, Transgenerational Issues among Quechua-Speaking Mothers and Daughters.  The UCF director for this program  Dr. M. C. Santana, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program in the College of Arts and Humanities, will lead the experience  We are very excited about this short-term study abroad project increasing research on indigenous peoples of Latin America in collaboration with... Read More