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Two CAH faculty honored as Women of Distinction


September 10, 2019

In its ninth year, the Women of Distinction award by Faculty Excellence and the Center for Success of Women Faculty highlights the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF. Three awards - one for one to five years of service in academia at UCF, six to ten years, and ten or more years - in the theme of “Creative Entrepreneurship” were given at the event on Tuesday, September 10. Two of the three winners are from the College of Arts and Humanities: Anne Bubriski of Women's and... Read More

Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards


May 22, 2019

The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards are open for submission from Monday, May 20-Thursday, October 10, 2019. Two winners will be selected and receive $25,000 each. The purpose of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards is to build sustainable models for arts and wellness innovation across the community and UCF campus. Interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based community impact will be recognized as guides for building... Read More

Mel Stanfill pens book about media fandom


March 15, 2019

Dr. Mel Stanfill's new book Exploiting Fandom. Exploiting Fandom examines how the relationship of media industries to fans is shaped by heteronormativity, whiteness, consumption, copyright law and labor, arguing that media industry invitations for fan participation indicate not greater fan power but rather greater fan usefulness. By bringing media industry studies and fan studies into the conversation, Stanfill looks closely at just who exactly the industry considers “proper... Read More

Author Fayeza Hasanat reads from The Bird Catcher and Other Stories


March 15, 2019

The Women's and Gender Studies program and the English Department co-sponsored a reading on March 5 by author Fayeza Hasanat from her new book of short stories, The Bird Catcher and Other Stories (2018) Jaded Ibis Press. Hasanat spoke about her memories of Bangladesh's society and about her perspectives as a Feminist growing in a patriarchal society. Hasanat answered questions after reading a selection of the story "Bride of the Banishing Sun." Fayeza Hasanat is an Associate Professor of... Read More

Reading Room opens in Women’s and Gender Studies


January 18, 2019

The bell hooks Reading Room in Trevor Colbourn Hall, suite 348B, was organized recently by Ms. Lillyan Ratcliffe, who earned her BA and MA in History from Stetson and APUS respectively. Ms. Ratcliffe is graduating with a Masters in Library Science  from USF in Spring 2019. Lillyan was supervised by UCF librarian Kristine Shrauger, Department Head for Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Service. Lillyan had the task of organizing hundreds of books belonging to the permanent collection... Read More

WGST wins Community Grant with Farmworker Association of Florida


January 14, 2019

The Burnett Honors College awarded the research team of Dr. M.C. Santana (Director, UCF Women’s and Gender Studies program) and Jeannie Economos (Farmworker Association of Florida) a community grant for their project “Exploring communication realities among Black and Brown Farmworkers in Apopka: A Service Learning Outreach Project with the Farmworker Association of Florida” for an in-depth look at how both ethnic and racial groups work with one another. The study is hoping to bring more... Read More

Wells Fargo Community Grant for the Young Women Leaders Program


November 15, 2018

Dr. Bubriski-McKenzie receives a $5000 Community Grant from Wells Fargo - Orlando for the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP). This grant provides the necessary resources to effectively run YWLP for one year. In addition to needed supplies, food and programming materials, the Wells Fargo Community Grant also allows for additional workshops in STEM with MadScience, financial literacy with Wells Fargo, and career exploration with local women... Read More

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Activist Legend at UCF


October 25, 2018

Dolores Huerta, legend, labor activist and social justice fighter will be visiting UCF on October 30, 2018 from 12:00-2:00. Please join us at the Key West Ballroom at the Student Union. All are welcome!  Remember her famous words: "Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world." Dolores... Read More

Showcasing Dr. Kim Voss


October 15, 2018

Our Faculty Affiliate Kimberly Voss, Journalism and Nicholson School of Communication and Media, received the recognition of becoming a National Archives Wiki Scholar this fall for the project - Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote by documenting the work of women's suffrage in the U.S. Congratulations Dr. Voss on your efforts to keep HERstory... Read More

Celebrating our Latinx Faculty Affiliates!


September 20, 2018

We salute your efforts on serving UCF with integrity, passion and dedication to your students! Other faculty affiliates include: Yovanna Pineda, Olga Molina, Beatriz Reyes Foster, Fernando Rivera, Nessette Falu, Maria Redmon, and Fernando Uribe Romo.... Read More

Faculty Affiliate Ying Zhang elected president of CALA


August 23, 2018

WGST Faculty Affiliate Ying Zhang was elected president of the Chinese-American Librarians Association (CALA) Congratulations Ying! Ying Zhang serves as department head of acquisitions and collection services at UCF... Read More

We moved!


August 20, 2018

Dear students and friends of Women's and Gender Studies. We are now located at the brand new Trevor Colbourn Building (very near to the old CNH) Come and see us at suite 348 on the third floor. Our email wgst@ucf.edu and our number (407) 823-6502 remain the same. Wishing you a productive and safe... Read More

ACE Women's Network at UCF


April 16, 2018

The prestigious ACE Women's Network arrived at UCF this spring for a line up of workshops and events for women in higher education starting this fall 2018. The network's state Chair is Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, Associate Provost for Strategy, Special Assistant to the President, & Professor.  An ACE's fellow herself, Dr. Jones appointed Dr. M. C. Santana, our WGST Director as UCF's Institutional Representative for ACE Women's Network. Dr. Santana is working closely with other women leaders... Read More

Race and Pregnancy Lecture by Dr. Dána Ain Davis


April 5, 2018

The Women's and Gender Studies program is proud to co-sponsor the visit of Dr. Dána Ain Davis to campus. Dr. Davis will conduct a lecture on her research on reproductive justice and black women. We encourage our students, faculty affiliates and junior affiliates to attend the lecture "Pregnancy, NICUs, and the Afterlife of Slavery" on Tuesday, April 10, 4:30... Read More

Dr. Josephine Kulea to Give Keynote Address on Feb. 16


February 8, 2018

Dr. Josephine Kulea from the Samburu Girls Foundation will give the keynote address at the 2018 International Women's Issues Conference, held Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at the UCF Student Union. The talk will be held on Friday, February 16 at 1:15 in the Key West Ballroom (218AB) in the UCF Student Union. All presentations at the IWIC conference are free and open to the public. (View the full 2018 IWIC Program Booklet here.) Dr. Kulea, HSC is the Founder and Executive... Read More

YWLP 10th Anniversary Gala


December 21, 2017

Dr. M. C. Santana welcomed Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Chair of the School Board among other guests to the 10th Anniversary Gala for the Young Women's Leaders Program (YWLP). The event took place on October 26, 2017 at the Live Oak Center at UCF. More than 70 former Big Sisters and Little Sisters, together with the counselors of  Tuskawilla Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle School, South Seminole Middle School and Jackson Heights Middle School and... Read More

Open Heart/Open Mic Events


December 21, 2017

Starting on fall 2016 the Women's and Gender Studies program together with the then librarian Carrie Moran from the John C. Hitt Library  inaugurated a monthly open mic event over lunch time to celebrate our UCF community of students, faculty and staff. The events are free and open to the public. Poets, singers, friends and audience share poetry, spoken word, announce events, sing, share memories and play their favorite instruments hoping to create a safe space for expression in campus. Here... Read More

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