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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!
Lisa Wilkinson, Gerise Herndon and prospective students had great conversations about philosophy, literature, study abroad, and our inclusive campus on PW Gold day. The word is getting out: Gender Studies was always about inclusivity, and a wider audience is recognizing the liberating potential of this academic field.
One parent told us that having a Gender Studies program was the “crème de la crème” of NWU’s inclusive and welcoming campus. Thanks to Hailey Bird and Caity Bentzinger for volunteering!