We’re number 101: US women in politics. What would get us closer to Rwanda, China, Iraq, or Afghanistan in gender equity in our national legislature?

A Gender Studies professor shared a piece from Politico exploring what might change our current gender inequalities in public office. What would it take for women to win?

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Dr. Sue Wortmann, professor of Women and Crime and winner of the 2017 Lincoln Mayor’s Women’s Commission Alice Paul Award, with State Senator and champion of equal rights, Patty Pansing Brooks

Changes, Scholarship, Awards, Leadership, Inclusion – NWU Gender Studies rules!

IMG_6678.JPGAs lilacs begin blooming on campus, the semester winds down, and another chapter in the Gender Studies program concludes, we remember our former students and note faculty achievements. Read on for news about your former professors.

We are a program that embraces change. We are delighted that Dr. Abigail Mitchell, professor of Psychology of Gender, will direct the Gender Studies program, especially given her publication record on perceptions of gender and leadership as well as research on romantic relationships. This year Dr. Mitchell designed and taught a much-needed new course, Transgender Identities, and she works with NWU’s Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion to keep NWU up to date on lgbtq+ issues. Dr. Brad Tice, also a key member of the Action Council, is currently enjoying sabbatical while preparing a new course, Writing the Body.

We are a program at the cutting edge of innovative scholarship. Five Gender Studies professors, Lisa Borchardt, Gerise Herndon, Lisa Wilkinson, Sandra Mathews, and Rachel Pokora are poised to begin their sabbatical research. Lisa Borchardt will teach Family Violence this summer before delving deeper into research on loss and grief, focusing on issues that affect student athletes. Professor Borchardt was nominated for the prestigious Margaret J. Prouty teaching award this spring. Gerise Herndon, professor of Women Writing Across Cultures and Gender and the Art of Film, will take students to Haiti prior to her presentation in France on Haitian-American literature; her next project entails research in India on hijra/transgender identities in literature and film. Lisa Wilkinson, who teaches Feminist Theories and Philosophies of Race and Gender in addition to having inaugurated our junior seminar, Perspectives in Gender, will combine knowledge gleaned from the “Genocide Studies in Rwanda” program with her ongoing research into “strangers” in ancient and classical Greece.

We are an award-winning program. In the past three years, both Dr. Wilkinson and Sandra Mathews have won the NWU Faculty Scholar award for their impressive publication records. Dr. Mathews, professor of Women of the U.S. West, has also been honored with the Faculty Advisor award. During sabbatical, she continues her scholarship on American Indian sovereignty. Rachel Pokora, also a prolific author and nominee for the scholar award, taught her popular Communication and Gender course this spring before launching into research on dialogue, power, and organized religion. John Spilker, professor of Music History: Gender and Sexuality as well as Sex and the Arts, received the Prouty teaching award after having been nominated four years in a row after only six years of teaching at NWU.  Rita Lester and Gerise Herndon also number among previous Prouty awardees. Sue Wortmann was selected for the Alice Paul Award by the Lincoln Mayor’s Women’s Commission for lifelong dedication to women’s rights (Herndon was a recipient way back in 2003). Additionally, Dr. Wortmann was honored with NWU’s Exemplary Teacher award in 2015 for her innovative Women and Crime class, her service as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and exceptional grant-writing that earned NWU a major Department of Justice grant to help prevent sexual assault. Dr. Spilker and Dr. Wortmann will teach a new Gender Studies course in Cuba in May. Other Exemplary Teacher awardees include Spilker, Meghan Winchell, Rachel Pokora, and Sandy McBride. This year John was also honored by Action Council with the Diversity Award. Previous honorees include Abby Mitchell, Brad Tice, Lisa Wilkinson, and Gerise Herndon.

We are also a program that leads: the current and past three faculty presidents are Gender Studies faculty. Meghan Winchell, currently serving as faculty president, designed an innovative service learning project in U.S. History of Women. Students created curriculum for GirlPowR, a nonprofit offering girls after-school education in empowerment, using lesson plans on topics like “Discovering My True Self,” “Body Image and Media,” and “Women Leaders.” Larry McClain, who served as president prior to Dr. Winchell, redesigned Topics in World Literature: Sexualities, and co-taught Perspectives in Gender with Lisa Wilkinson. Rita Lester, faculty president before Dr. McClain, always has a waiting list for Women in Religion. Jay Chipman, president before Dr. Lester, created the Drama: Gender and Sexuality course and directed a stunning production of Rocky Horror Picture Show this fall.

Some of you have worked or volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center. In NWU’s quest to be more inclusive, we’ve moved the former WRC to a more visible location and renamed it the Gender Advocacy Place, or GAP. Thanks to Joan Gilbreth for the new name! Thirteen GAP volunteers attended the Women’s March on Washington in January and created a powerful video about this significant experience.

Enough about us – what about you? What has changed for you? Check out our blog at nwugenderstudies.wordpress.com, join our Nebraska Wesleyan University Gender Studies facebook group, like our page, or drop us a line the old-fashioned way and let us know what you’re up to these days.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer

Gerise Herndon,
On behalf of the Gender Studies Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 May 2017

 

Dear alumni,

 

As lilacs begin blooming on campus, the semester winds down, and another chapter in the Gender Studies program concludes, we remember our former students and note faculty achievements. Read on for news about your former professors.

 

We are a program that embraces change. We are delighted that Dr. Abigail Mitchell, professor of Psychology of Gender, will direct the Gender Studies program, especially given her publication record on perceptions of gender and leadership as well as research on romantic relationships. This year Dr. Mitchell designed and taught a much-needed new course, Transgender Identities, and she works with NWU’s Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion to keep NWU up to date on lgbtq+ issues. Dr. Brad Tice, also a key member of the Action Council, is currently enjoying sabbatical while preparing a new course, Writing the Body.

 

We are a program at the cutting edge of innovative scholarship. Five Gender Studies professors, Lisa Borchardt, Gerise Herndon, Lisa Wilkinson, Sandra Mathews, and Rachel Pokora are poised to begin their sabbatical research. Lisa Borchardt will teach Family Violence this summer before delving deeper into research on loss and grief, focusing on issues that affect student athletes. Professor Borchardt was nominated for the prestigious Margaret J. Prouty teaching award this spring. Gerise Herndon, professor of Women Writing Across Cultures and Gender and the Art of Film, will take students to Haiti prior to her presentation in France on Haitian-American literature; her next project entails research in India on hijra/transgender identities in literature and film. Lisa Wilkinson, who teaches Feminist Theories and Philosophies of Race and Gender in addition to having inaugurated our junior seminar, Perspectives in Gender, will combine knowledge gleaned from the “Genocide Studies in Rwanda” program with her ongoing research into “strangers” in ancient and classical Greece.

 

We are an award-winning program. In the past three years, both Dr. Wilkinson and Sandra Mathews have won the NWU Faculty Scholar award for their impressive publication records. Dr. Mathews, professor of Women of the U.S. West, has also been honored with the Faculty Advisor award. During sabbatical, she continues her scholarship on American Indian sovereignty. Rachel Pokora, also a prolific author and nominee for the scholar award, taught her popular Communication and Gender course this spring before launching into research on dialogue, power, and organized religion. John Spilker, professor of Music History: Gender and Sexuality as well as Sex and the Arts, received the Prouty teaching award after having been nominated four years in a row after only six years of teaching at NWU.  Rita Lester and Gerise Herndon also number among previous Prouty awardees. Sue Wortmann was selected for the Alice Paul Award by the Lincoln Mayor’s Women’s Commission for lifelong dedication to women’s rights (Herndon was a recipient way back in 2003). Additionally, Dr. Wortmann was honored with NWU’s Exemplary Teacher award in 2015 for her innovative Women and Crime class, her service as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and exceptional grant-writing that earned NWU a major Department of Justice grant to help prevent sexual assault. Dr. Spilker and Dr. Wortmann will teach a new Gender Studies course in Cuba in May. Other Exemplary Teacher awardees include Spilker, Meghan Winchell, Rachel Pokora, and Sandy McBride. This year John was also honored by Action Council with the Diversity Award. Previous honorees include Abby Mitchell, Brad Tice, Lisa Wilkinson, and Gerise Herndon.

 

We are also a program that leads: the current and past three faculty presidents are Gender Studies faculty. Meghan Winchell, currently serving as faculty president, designed an innovative service learning project in U.S. History of Women. Students created curriculum for GirlPowR, a nonprofit offering girls after-school education in empowerment, using lesson plans on topics like “Discovering My True Self,” “Body Image and Media,” and “Women Leaders.” Larry McClain, who served as president prior to Dr. Winchell, redesigned Topics in World Literature: Sexualities, and co-taught Perspectives in Gender with Lisa Wilkinson. Rita Lester, faculty president before Dr. McClain, always has a waiting list for Women in Religion. Jay Chipman, president before Dr. Lester, created the Drama: Gender and Sexuality course and directed a stunning production of Rocky Horror Picture Show this fall.

 

Some of you have worked or volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center. In NWU’s quest to be more inclusive, we’ve moved the former WRC to a more visible location and renamed it the Gender Advocacy Place, or GAP. Thanks to Joan Gilbreth for the new name! Thirteen GAP volunteers attended the Women’s March on Washington in January and created a powerful video about this significant experience.

 

Enough about us – what about you? What has changed for you? Check out our blog at nwugenderstudies.wordpress.com, join our Nebraska Wesleyan University Gender Studies facebook group, like our page, or drop us a line the old-fashioned way and let us know what you’re up to these days.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

 
Gerise Herndon

On behalf of the Gender Studies Program

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#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.

 

NWU marches on DC

Why Preferred Pronouns?

MBLGTAC Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally Conference

Recovering Identity – addiction and sexuality

#WhyWeMarched

Gender Studies presentations

https://nebraskawesleyanresearchsym2017.sched.com/overview/type/Gender+Studies

Comey’s Story Sounds Like (Sexual) Harassment — poptraction

President Trump’s strategy to wine and dine James Comey, corner him alone in a room, and bother him with pointlessly flattering phone calls sounds an awful lot like sexual harassment to women who have experienced it. I am not suggesting that Trump’s goal was sexual dominance, but it was certainly dominance of a gendered sort. […]

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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 Gender Studies program director 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!! We will also have the advising expertise of Dr. Sue Wortmann who has been a longtime member of the GAP advisory board.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!

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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 nwugap@gmail.com! 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!