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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... 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

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... http://www.cah.ucf.edu/news/ucf-students-gain-insight-through-service-learning/ 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