Students and faculty (several from Gender Studies) who spent the month of June in Rwanda will share what they learned about how Rwandans are rebuilding their lives and country following genocide: healing “ethnic” divisions, preserving memorials, supporting reconciliation villages, hearing testimonials of genocide survivors and perpetrators, women prisoners, internships with artists, children, HIV-positive survivors, the artificial construction of ethnic divisions. We will also reflect on what we learned about ourselves as women and as minorities in the context of Rwanda.
Heartfelt thanks to the Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion, especially to the Wolf Fund for Diversity Education, for making this program possible.
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Read about Spanish, Psychology and Gender Studies student Anna Donley’s UK Summer Fulbright in Ireland! Anna studied socially-constructed borders, women’s roles throughout the conflict in Northern Ireland, and even dark tourism. She mentioned that “every time a professor corrected themselves to use gender-neutral language, I about collapsed from happiness.”
Gender Studies students Abby and Riley ended a banner year as the GAP coordinators shared the Student Advocate for Diversity award, given by the Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion administered by T.J. McDowell. We will miss them next year, but fully expect that the new coordinators will carry on their spirit of international awareness, collaboration and inclusiveness.
Both Dr. Sue Wortmann and Dr. John Spilker were nominated by students for NWU’s highest teaching honor, the Margaret J. Prouty award, this spring. While neither Gender Studies professor was selected this year, Sue (professor of Women and Crime and Sociology of Gender) won the Exemplary Teacher award in 2015 and John (professor of Sex and the Arts and Music and Gender) won the Exemplary Teacher award in 2014. Previous Exemplary Teachers also include Dr. Meghan Winchell and Dr. Sandy McBride. This year’s Prouty nominations show that both students and faculty recognize that Sue and John are outstanding professors.
GAP coordinators created and facilitated an Ecofeminist exchange of knowledge and clothing, educating students on connections between domination of the environment and domination of women, providing treats by women-owned Goldenrod Pastries, and offering used clothing for $3 donations to Fresh Start Home. Impressive work, Gender Advocacy Place!