Welcome Back WGSS Deacs!

Dear WGSS Majors and Minors,

Welcome back to campus!

I hope that you had a wonderful summer full of fun with family and friends! I want to take a moment to welcome you back to campus and, more importantly, back to WGSS. Please stop by and check out our new space (thanks to Ms. JaMeiya Estes). 

This year is all about community—building community. bell hooks tells us that “One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.” And that is our goal—to sustain ourselves by being in community as we resist oppression in all of its forms. 

The faculty of WGSS and I are here to support you in all you do. Your success matters, and deeply, to us. So, what does that mean in lived reality? 

  • We support your journey to success as you define it. 
  • We foster your curiosity, by stretching your thinking
  • We encourage you to become community leaders both at Wake and beyond Wake.

What are we asking of you?

Be in community with us. Let WGSS become the space where you feel free to dream, think, and do. 

We invite you to join us at the following:  

Open House 

August 24, 2022, 6-8pm

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African American Studies 

Tribble Hall Lobby 


Black Women and Girls Symposium

September 9-10, 2022, 1-7:30pm on 9/9/2022, all day on 9/10/2022

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Office of the Provost, and African American  Studies 

Benson University Center 401

I sincerely look forward to working with you as we build a critical community while making your year a success.  Go…. WGSS Majors and Minors!!


Julia Jordan-Zachery 

Professor and Chair of WGSS

Achievement | Cooperation | Integrity | Justice

WGSS at Wake Forest University offers courses with a feminist interdisciplinary lens alongside outreach with human-to-human connections through which our students could realize the practical and emotional impact of feminist activism. We teach the whole student—mind, body, and spirit with the goal of transformation and renewal of the individual and the communities to which we belong. 


WGSS will challenge your critical thinking and prepare you to be successful within your chosen career field.


Learn more about WGSS class offerings and requirements for our undergraduate and graduate concentrations.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the distinguished Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty.

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the work that can’t be erased.”

– Dr. Maya Angelou


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The 2nd day of the Black Women & Girls Symposium is under way! 

Dr. S. Ama Wray, our keynote speaker, educating us about the Revolutionary Act of Movement!

#BlackGirls4Knowledge #BWGS #BWGSymposium2022

We are just ONE week away from the Black Women and Girls Symposium and we are so excited to see everyone and engage in this space. It's not too late to get registered to join us! REGISTER TODAY! 

Can't wait to see you there!
Did you know WGSS is looking for not one, but two Assistant Professors for the 2023-2024 academic year? We are looking for two individuals who specialize in Black Digital Feminist Studies and Caribbean/Latinx Feminist Studies. If you know someone who would be a great addition to WGSS@Wake, send them our way! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

Apply here: https://wfu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Faculty_Career_Website_live
Have you registered for the Black Women and Girls Symposium yet? No? Do better. 😆
Register today to join us in this dynamic space in a couple of weeks! You only have a couple days left to register to be included for lunch. Don't miss out! And trust us, we are bringing ALL the flavor 🥘🍽😋 

Find information about the symposium here: https://www.bwgsymposium.org/

 #BWGSymposium #BWGSymposium2022 #BWGS2022 #BWGS
Join us today for Fall Open House! Come learn about WGSS and what we have to offer! 

Today at 6pm in Tribble Hall Lobby
Happy First Day of Class, DEACS!!!

WGSS wishes you all the most amazing year! ✨