#NWU GAP in action: filming #It’sOnUs to raise awareness of sexual assault

The Gender Advocacy Place has been busy. Today they held a highly successful bake sale to draw attention to the wage gap. Cupcakes cost $1 for men and .78 for women (free of charge to those outside the gender binary).

This afternoon friends of GAP filmed segments stating why “It’s On Us” to stop sexual assault. TJ said,”It’s On Us to help a victim report sexual assault if he or she wants to.”

After Prison, Then What? #NWUgenderstudies talk on challenges specific to incarcerated women

Dr. Sue Wortmann opens her Women and Crime class to campus Wednesday afternoon to help us learn about women in the justice system.

Who: Ruth Karlsson Released and Restored and guest
Topic: After Prison, Then What?
When and Where: October 28; Smith Curtis Room 142; 2:40-3:50
Issues addressed:
Meet Ruth Karlsson, founder and Executive Director of Release and Restored and learn about her non-profit organization’s role in enabling resilience after prison (and inside).
Hear a first-hand account of the experience of incarceration, resilience, and coping. (Ruth will bring a guest who is currently or formerly in the justice system).
Understand challenges that incarcerated women face in the system
Understand challenges that incarcerated women face upon re-entry
Understand incarcerated and released women’s’ methods of resilience and coping
Understand opportunities to work with Released and Restored.

Exemplary Teacher Sue Wortmann, professor of Women and Crime & Soc of Gender, noted for service

Pillar of the Gender Studies program and great friend of the GAP, Dr. Sue Wortmann has been recognized with the Exemplary Teacher award for her impressive service to NWU, including revising the Gender Studies curriculum, advising GAP coordinators, and helping the institution figure out Title IX. Her amazing service to the Lincoln community includes writing grants for the Asian Community and Cultural Center, teaching ELL through Lincoln Literacy, working with Fresh Start Home and with Released and Restored. Thanks to Sue for such vigorous and meaningful work! We are lucky to have you.

Exemplary Teacher Award for GEND/Soc prof

The value of gender studies: challenge tradition, end discrimination, make an impact #NWUgenderstudies

Some of the information shared with students interested in Gender Studies from alum Natasha Sutliff:

You believe in a world that is free from all forms of discrimination.

The interdisciplinary nature of Gender Studies gives you the right tools to make the right decision for yourself throughout your journey, to challenge traditional roles and ultimately make an impact!

A Major Event: Why Major in Gender Studies? Come find out Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30 #nwugenderstudies

Is sexuality about romantic love—or is it biology?

How does a boy become a man? What does it mean to be a woman? How many possibilities are there?

Where do our ideas about gender come from, anyway?

Why study gender?

  • Explore some of today’s most culturally relevant scholarship
  • Reflect on connections between your experience and theory
  • Take classes in music, religion, film, and psychology
  • Develop critical thinking, writing and research skills
  • Get professional practice in a local organization
  • Go out into the community and be a change agent

Internship opportunities may include:

  • Empowering young women through YWCA
  • Teaching yoga to girls at Lancaster County Youth Services Center
  • Creating programming at NWU’s Gender Advocacy Place
  • Teaching English to Middle Eastern refugees at Middle East/North Africa Hope

Questions? Contact the Program Director, Gerise Herndon, cgh@nebrwesleyan.edu

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One of the primary lenses through which humans see and experience the world, gender is a central organizing principle in many cultures.  Gender plays a part in everything from our most individual health concerns to the broadest international political debates. While most prominent voices in medicine, music, economics, art, history, psychology, literature, and sociology have been men’s until about a century ago, women’s voices and experiences have emerged to reshape the story of humanity. Gender studies helps us understand how and why US women’s roles have changed dramatically over the past 50 years while expectations of masculinity have remained mostly the same.  The field can also inform us about how other countries have surpassed the US when it comes to certain measures of health and human rights, and NWU students can see intersections with other students. Men have a gender, too, and men also experience oppression. Gender Studies serves to educate all students: female, male, lesbian, gay, trans, or wherever students might find themselves on the continuum. We can all benefit from examining our assumptions about sexualities, gender roles and expectations. Gender studies attends to differences  besides gender: love, sexual orientation, age, ethnic heritage, ability, class, and nationality among them. By paying attention to many layers of identity and power, gender studies complicates explanations that rely on a single story.