#WhyIMarch #NWU Gender Studies presentations Wed a.m. SC 242

Check out the Perspectives in Gender presentations tomorrow morning 9-10:30 am, Smith-Curtis 242.


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Introducing Your New Leadership Team!

Hello Advocates!

Now that the cat is finally out of the bag, figuratively speaking! I am so excited to have the opportunity to share with you your NEW Co- Coordinators and NEW Advisor for the 2017-2018 academic school year! However, before I do so, I want to take a special moment to give a huge thanks to our previous co-coordinators Hailey Bird and Jinni Barak as well as our previous advisor, Dr. Gerise Herndon! Big things are happening for these three wonderful ladies as Hailey will be studying abroad, Jinni will be spending a semester in Chicago for theatre, and Dr. Herndon who will be going on sabbatical! Thank you for your time, effort, passion, and leadership throughout this past year and the many years before. We wish you the best of luck on your adventures and look forward to hearing all about your adventures when you return back to Wesleyan!

Now, I am so excited to announce your new co-coordinators!! ****drum roll****

Returning for her Senior Year the beautiful Abby Feden and joining along side her will be Madeline Warrick!! I have been given the distinct honor to work with both of these ladies for the past year and I can easily say with much excitement that the GAP is in wonderful hands and you should all be just as excited as I am for what they will bring to the GAP because it’s going to be AWESOME!!

Additionally, to keep the excitement going, Our new advisor joining the leadership team is Dr. Abigail Mitchell!! I am personally excited for this because she and Dr. Herndon are two of my favorite professors and I have enjoyed having both of them as mentors, guides, and idols! For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Mitchell is a psychology professor here at Wesleyan who specializes in romantic relationships with a passion for gender studies. I have been a student in her Psychology of Gender course as well as her Teaching Assistant and as of this semester, she has introduced two new courses to the area of gender studies examining and learning about gender identity and sexuality! The GAP is lucky to have her expertise and passion joining the team! Welcome Dr. Mitchell!! FullSizeRender

I also would like to thank everyone else who applied for the positions. From what I have heard, there were so many amazing applicants and this really just shows how passionate our organization is! Together we are truly creating an inclusive and all accepting community and as we continue to work together, only progress and good things will happen! So thank you to everyone for being the amazing and empowering advocates you are! This has been such a great year and I personally look forward to seeing what is next for the Gender Advocacy Place!

End the Year with a Bang

Good Day Gender Advocates!

There is so much that has been going on here at Nebraska Wesleyan and it’s about time I share it all with you!

Last week was earth week! yay Earth! Abbie Feden, one of our amazing advocates and former co-coordinator spent the entire week representing the GAP by putting on the Menstruation Sensation event and putting GAP on the NWU map at the fair! I was able to attend both events and I must say, my mind was completely blown with her creativity and inspired by her passion for the GAP! At the menstruation event, she created a safe space for anyone of all genders to gather and embrace menstruation. As many of you may know, this is not a well spoken of topic and sometimes may be perceived as “awkward”, but Abbie kicked woman butt and made the event such a blast! Because it was earth week, Abbie and the GAP handed out free samples of eco friendly condoms for males and females, diva cups, earth friendly lubricant, and embraced sexuality to a whole new level! Shout out to Abbie for her awesomeness!!Image-1.jpg

Also, TODAY we will be celebrating the Gender Studies Department! From 4:00-5:30pm TODAY in the All American Room at the Weary Center here on campus! Please help us celebrate the end of another great year in NWU Gender Studies! We will honor the 2016-2017 accomplishments of Gender Studies faculty and students and thank Gerise Herndon as she completes a fourteen year term as chair of the program. Additionally, we will be welcoming Dr. Abigail Mitchell to the GAP family as the new chair of the program, so if you haven’t had a chance to meet this fierce professor, now is your chance to stop in and say hello! Oh, and it’s not a Gender Studies event if food is not there, so of course appetizers and beverages will be provided and just a little hint to everyone… I heard that the menu was thought out very carefully, so we are definitely in for a treat by coming to this awesome event!! Again, 4:00-5:30 in the All American Room TODAY April 27th! We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Lastly, another shout out moment to our co-coordinators for some of their current work they have been completing! If you have been around campus, more importantly the library, then there is a good chance you were able to see Hailey Bird’s awesome display on the first floor! This display also features the amazing artwork of another GAP member, Emma Krenzer who has recently been a viral star with her image reflecting touch! Shoutout to these awesome Ladies for their hard work!IMG_5096.JPG

Lastly, our other co-coordinator, Jinni Barak has been super busy in the theatre department directing her show F2M which performed all this week! ” It’s Parents weekend at Parker’s college. his girlfriend Lucy has invited her mother. Linda Lou, whereas Parker’s parents are expected to be absent. their unwarranted arrival places Parker in a battle surrounding his family, girlfriend, and his gender identity!” Shoutout to Jinni for an awesome production!

What an awesome community of lovely people who are bringing awareness in their own ways and doing what it takes to continue the movement towards gender equality! We are so proud of the hard work and passion that has come from our advocates! Good Work to everyone!! You all Rock!!

We Are Awesome

Hello Everyone!

I am so proud of our community here at Wesleyan and the opportunities we provide one another in academia. This week the Gender Advocacy Place and Pride Alliance brought guest speakers on campus to discuss and educate our community on pressing issues happening within our society today!

On Tuesday, the GAP hosted LeeAnn Pancharoen from Planned Parenthood for the Healthy Relationships event. LeeAnn discussed with us the importance and impact of consent. Through discussion and group activities we learned that the concept of consent has many interpretations and it’s important that we are aware of every situation where consent is necessary. LeeAnn taught us how to instigate the conversation with a significant other or future intimate partner and taught us so much about how consent is what helps make a relationship healthy. Following her talk, Lindsay Spaulding from Voices of Hope and our campus advocate here at NWU spoke about Title Nine here on campus and what resources are available to all students in the case where consent was not mutual and how we can use those resources if we are ever in that traumatic situation! Huge thanks to both LeeAnn and Lindsay!17758189_604819053043547_8401378283695183542_o

The next day, Wednesday, Pride Alliance hosted Samuel Brinton who is a survivor of Conversion Therapy! To pretty much sum up his talk, his life accomplishments are basically the definition of Life Goals!! He graduated with his Masters from MIT in nuclear engineering, but also has a Masters in Opera. He has performed on Broadway and additionally works with President of the United States in regards to nuclear systems. Two complete opposite ends of the spectrum, yet he accomplished it all! Also, he knows Michelle Obama on a personal level…. LIFE GOALS!!!

Sam was raised by two Southern Baptist ministers and endured years of reparative therapy to “fix” his homosexuality. He is the founder of an organization called 50 bills 50 states that is currently moving to protect LGBT youth from having to endure conversion therapy nationwide. Sam is an amazing speaker and it was truly an honor to have him on campus and hear his inspirational lecture. Thank you to Sam and Pride Alliance for this amazing opportunity!


Coming up this month, the GAP will be participating in the End Rape On Campus Event this Thursday April 13th from 2:00-4:00pm at UNL! Lindsay Spaulding will be speaking and I know she would love to see some prairie wolf representation at the event! So if you are interested in attending, there are flyers posted around campus or you can email Jinni and Hailey at! We look forward to seeing you there!!

Additionally, the GAP will be participating in Earth Week as well as having our Menstruation event. I will post more details leading up to the event, so keep an eye out for that coming up! Until next time friends!

National Women’s History Month

As the month of March is coming to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to share an awesome photo created by our own Gender Advocate, Kate Engle. She is the creator of this fantastic poster and I thought it was important that everyone got the chance to see and read these great facts about awesome females!GAP BLOG- Women's history month

Please enjoy this lovely poster and remember how awesome humanity is! Peace and Blessin’s!

“Women’s Movements in India” Coming to NWU!

Hello Friends,

We are so lucky to have such an amazing opportunity coming to our campus here at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Professor Binda Paranjape will be speaking in Dr. Lisa Wilkinson’s class on Thursday March 30th in Old Main Room 207 from 12:20pm – 1:30pm.

For those who don’t know,  Binda Paranjape is a Professor of History at Bananas Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. She comes highly recommended and  her presentation will not be one to miss, so I encourage anyone and everyone to come hear her speak. If anyone needs a little more convincing, the following link is a video from National Geographic showing a conversation between Binda and MORGAN FREEMAN! The Hindu Interpretation of Creation

Such a powerful video! Like I said, You won’t want to miss this!


Finally, It’s time to announce our next Gender Advocates of the week. I say plural because this week I could not choose between the two ladies I had in mind. They are the co-coordinators of the Gender Advocacy Place and both do so much for the GAP. I’d like to introduce you all to Hailey Bird and Jinni Barak.


Hailey Bird is Sophomore at NWU and studying Sociology, Gender Studies, and Marketing. She joined the GAP because she is passionate about equality and the GAP provided the perfect opportunities for her to express her interests in advocacy and give a voice for those who can not. She also loves being a part of a community of students who share the same common interests with her. After her time at NWU, Hailey hopes to move somewhere with more diversity and a more expressive LGBT community. YOU GO GIRL!

Jinni Barak is a Junior at NWU studying Theatre and Social Change. Jinni Joined the GAP because the organization stands for so many ideas parallel to what she believes in. Being a part of the GAP allows her to collaborate with other students and organization on campus to advocate for gender equality. After her time here at NWU, Jinni would like to join a progressive theatre company that focuses on feminist issues and more than likely move to Chicago. Good Luck Jinni, You a Cool CAT!