The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies uses our funds to enhance the intellectual and community life of Wake Forest University and beyond by hosting lectures and symposiums, by sending faculty and students to academic and leadership conferences, by sponsoring essay contests, by funding faculty and student-led community engagement projects and more.
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The Department’s Public Engagement Requirement Epitomizes the University’s Motto
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department’s mission has always heralded the importance of Wake Forest’s pledge to Pro Humanitate. Every major must take a three hour academic course that gets students involved in some form of public engagement: an academic internship, community-based research, or a service-learning course. For example, in 2015, Dr. Angela Kóczé and students in her Women and Entrepreneurship course helped the El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services organization write and develop a proposal on behalf of 10 women who wanted to start their own businesses. The proposal received a $24,500 grant from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem that provided support for training, networking, seed funding, and hands-on experience for the initial group of entrepreneurs.
The Department Promotes Interdisciplinary Dialogue and Learning on Diverse Topics Related to Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice
The Department is committed to fostering excellence in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies scholarship across the university. To that end, every year it organizes a colloquium series that features both Wake Forest faculty and leading scholars from across the country sharing their cutting-edge research in the field. The colloquium series, attended by students and faculty from departments and programs across campus, encourages students and faculty to engage with the latest scholarship in WGS and to use this scholarship in their own research and teaching.
In addition, students studying in the WGS Department showcase their work in an annual student symposium. The 2016 Student Symposium on Gender and Sexuality, held on March 16, featured more than 20 student presentations and focused on Feminist Intersectionalities: Systemic Injustice and Social Inequality. Its topics included bulimia among African American women, recommendations on undercutting stereotypes and the state of sex education in the United States.
As a final example, the Department sponsors an annual essay contest, the “Elizabeth Phillips Award for Best Essay Written in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” for both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2015, the essay review committee received a record number of submissions, from fields as varied as translation studies, history, communication and media studies, literature, law, religion, sociology, dance, art history, politics and international affairs, public health, and bioethics. In 2015, four winners were selected – two at the undergraduate level: Dianne Uwayo, for her essay “Perceptions about the Causes of Intimate Partner Violence in Kisumu, Kenya,” and Shoshanna Goldin, for her essay “The Land of Milk, Honey and Motherhood: An Examination of Jewish, Muslim, and Druze Women’s Perspectives of IVF Policy in Israel;” and two at the graduate level: Felicity Rathway, for the essay “Preserving Victor Hugo Robles’ Queer Ideology in a Spanish-English Translation of Bandera Hueca,” and Lindsey Mullen for her essay “Being Natal: The Theological and Pastoral Significance of Labor and Birth for Christianity.”