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Faculty Showcase Celebrates Latinx Voices and Artistic Expression

June 11, 2021

On March 23, the Women’s and Gender Studies program presented a faculty showcase in celebration of Women’s History Month and Latinx feminist voices. The showcase featured Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Nessette Falu and the crafts of Sonia Arellano. M.C. Santana, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program, served as moderator for the showcase. Watch the full video on YouTube: Learn more about Women’s and Gender Studies at... Read More

Virtual Event Explores Activism During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 11, 2021

On March 18, the Women’s and Gender Studies program hosted Change Never Stops: Pandemic Activism, a presentation that shared examples and possibilities for engaging in activism while maintaining protective measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation was hosted by Leandra Preston, an associate lecturer in the Women's and Gender Studies program. Watch the full video on YouTube: Learn more about Women’s and Gender... Read More

Artists’ Roundtable Celebrates Women’s History Month and AfroLatinx Feminist Voices

May 10, 2021

On March 25, the Women's and Gender Studies program presented a special talk in celebration of Women's History Month and AfroLatinx feminist voices. The roundtable featured artists, writers and scholars from within and outside of UCF, including Akosua Fadhili AfriKa, Esperanza Cintrón, Amalia Dache and Caridad Souza, with assistant professor of philosophy Karina Céspedes serving as moderator. Watch the full video on YouTube: Learn more... Read More


Staff Awards Recognize Dedication and Exemplary Service

April 29, 2021

The annual CAH staff awards recognize employees who have delivered exemplary service to the college and UCF. In 2021, the College of Arts and Humanities recognized staff members for their commendable dedication to UCF and acknowledged the challenging year the employees faced. Three of these staff members received prestigious honors that include a financial award of $600 each. In a message to all faculty and staff, Dean Jeff Moore said, “Sometimes you probably think no one notices all... Read More


Leandra Preston-Sidler: Women on the Front Lines of COVID-19

March 30, 2021

Leandra Preston-Sidler, senior lecturer of Women's and Gender Studies, spoke with Spectrum News about how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women. In this three-part series, Preston-Sidler, along with two other guests, discussed the increased burden of childcare and financial insecurity placed on women throughout the past year. During the onset of the pandemic, more women than men faced layoffs and furloughs. For the women who began working from home, closures of... Read More

UCF Celebrates Women’s History Month 2021

March 15, 2021

Women’s History Month began on March 1, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program has planned several events to commemorate the occasion. “People identifying as women make a large proportion in every society,” shares M.C. Santana, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program. “I think through remembrance, celebration and awareness, we can start to recognize each other in our differences and in our similarities.” This year’s programming centers around the theme of Voces... Read More

Women’s History Month Subject of “Matters of Diversity” Podcast

March 8, 2021

Maria C. Santana, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UCF, joined Kent Butler, UCF's interim chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer, as a special guest on the podcast Matters of Diversity with Dr. B. Santana and Butler discussed Women’s History Month and her work revolving around women. Designed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Matters of Diversity with Dr. B highlights equity issues as they relate to the University of Central Florida... Read More

UCF College of Arts and Humanities Faculty Awarded Seed Grants for Research

January 27, 2021

Arts and Humanities faculty members Emily Johnson, Anne Bubriski, Sarah Singer and William Fogarty have received grants through the UCF Seed Funding Program for high-risk, high-reward exploratory research. The UCF Seed Funding Program increases recognition of UCF faculty and allows them to collect preliminary data for future external grant funding. This allotment of funds to CAH faculty highlights the college’s position as a leader in cutting-edge research and innovation. Johnson,... Read More

Global Collaboration Subject of Hospitality Research Colloquium Presentation

January 20, 2021

Maria C. Santana, director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at UCF, joined the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Research Colloquium to discuss her most recent research projects in Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Russia. She also highlighted the importance of collaboration at the local, national and international spheres. The monthly Research Colloquium brings academic researchers from around the world together to deliver their latest findings. Direct... Read More

Deadline extended: Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards

November 17, 2020

The application deadline for applications for the 2020 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards has been extended to December 4 at noon. The two awards of $25,000 each were founded in 2018 by philanthropists Chuck Steinmetz and Margery Pabst Steinmetz and are awarded to cross-disciplinary teams focused on the area of arts and wellness. The purpose of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards is to build sustainable models for arts... Read More

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M.C. Santana Discusses Impact of Women Voters

November 3, 2020

In any election, there are many factors that can affect an election in one way or another. Prior to the 2020 Presidential election, Spectrum News 13 spoke with UCF's Maria C. Santana, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, about the impact women have had on elections since they were first given the right to vote one hundred years ago. "Women vote more than men traditionally, historically in this country. The woman voter is, of course, not monolithic. They have different agendas,... Read More

Joo Kim receives FAEA Art Educator of the Year award

September 29, 2020

Joo Kim, associate professor of studio art, has been honored with the 2020 FAEA Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award. Kim also received the Art Educator of the Year Award in 2011 and is the only UCF faculty member to have received these awards to date. Each year, the FAEA recognizes individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education, and shows appreciation for individuals or organizations that have contributed their services... Read More


Fulbright-Hays GPA Grant Awarded for Keeping Language and Culture Alive in Argentina 

September 10, 2020

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program from the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a two-year grant to the University of Central Florida’s College of Arts and Humanities. The program will fund a group study to Argentina, led by Maria C. Santana, director of the UCF Women’s and Gender Studies program and Maria Redmon, senior instructor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Santana and Redmon proposed... Read More

Six faculty members remain with CAH after NSCM reorganization

September 2, 2020

In July when the Nicholson School of Communication and Media joined the College of Sciences in an academic realignment, six individuals opted to keep their positions in the College of Arts and Humanities. The six individuals and their respective departments are: Emily Johnson, Department of English Rudy McDaniel, Department of English Anastasia Salter, Department of English Maria C. Santana, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Mel Stanfill, Department of English ... Read More

Florida taps MC Santana as Women’s Studies coordinator

July 23, 2020

M.C. Santana has been assigned as Discipline Coordinator for Women's and Gender Studies programs across the state of Florida. The Department of Education’s Statewide Course Numbering System oversees the assignment of course numbers to all courses in Florida colleges and universities. Santana will work with the Department of Education in Florida to assign new and revised course numbering to all Women's Studies classes, while providing advice and leadership for the development and maintenance... Read More