A Message from the Graduate Program Director

It is with much pride and admiration that I announce the first class of graduate students at Wake Forest who completed the Graduate Concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Though graduation this year is not what we all pictured, we want to recognize and celebrate  the achievement of these courageous, earnest, and eager students who, while deepening their studies, have refined a lens through which to view the world. I am deeply grateful for their hard work, their commitment to justice, and their enthusiasm in embracing activism, advocacy, and knowledge, as well as compassion and care . It is truly inspiring, especially in this historical moment, to be able to transform education into tools that will re-shape our world into something that is worthy of us in all of our differences. I am so excited for the next chapter in their lives. 
My warmest congratulations !
Prof. Wanda Balzano
CLICK here for the VIDEO honoring the students

Call for Papers

This year the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is sending out a Call for Papers for the following awards: The Annual Elizabeth Phillips award, the Annual Mary DeShazer award, and the Annual Anne Boyle award. Below are the submission guidelines:

  • Students should only submit papers that have been revised according to the recommendations made by their professors when they assigned the grade. Submitted papers may come from the Fall Semester of 2019 or Spring Semester of 2020.
  • Students should proofread all papers for grammatical and typographical errors prior to submission. Papers with such errors will not be awarded a prize.
  • Papers much include a title page with the course number, course name, and the instructor name.
  • Students should email their papers to Alex Burch (burchac@wfu.edu). Papers have a hard deadline of Wednesday, April 29, at noon, but students are encouraged to submit earlier.

Click on the link(New Call for Paper Awards )to download the full Call for papers document. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Burch.

Welcome Party for Our New Majors & Minors

On Thursday, February 13th at 4:30 PM join WGSS in welcoming our new majors and minors. All majors and minors are welcome and there will be food and gifts for all! The “New Major/ Minor Welcome party” will be held in Detamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall.

Poster for Welcome Party

Seats still available in WGS 150J!

There are seats still available in WGS 150J! This class meets on WF from 2:00-3:15, and is taught by Professor Lal. Please note, this class does meet the DIV1 requirement. If you would like to be added to this course, please reach out Professor Lal directly for a POI.

Flyer for WGS150J

WGSS Response to Hate Emails

Dear members of the WGSS community,

As you have heard by now, on September 10 and 11, twelve faculty and staff members received hateful emails from an unknown source that contained racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic language. We now know that the emails were sent in two batches – the first batch was sent to seven members of the Sociology Department and, several hours later, a second batch was sent to the generic email accounts for The Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and the LGBTQ Center. While university administrators have stated that the emails contained no direct threats, they did include a call to “purge this country of the hyperpigmented.”

The emails to the Sociology Department were more targeted and contained information that suggested that the email sender had at least some familiarity with the department, which is why the Sociology Department decided to cancel classes for the week and why there has been an increased police presence in and around Kirby. The email to the WGSS Department was not targeted in this way, which is why our department has let individual instructors decide whether or not to cancel classes. The University is working with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies in an ongoing investigation and we hope that they will provide updates on any developments.

We in WGSS are angered and devastated by the emails, which reflect and reinforce systems of white supremacy and heterosexism. We offer our support to all our colleagues in Sociology who received targeted emails. We also offer our support to all of the individuals and groups mentioned in these emails. We know that many of you – especially faculty, staff, and students of color – already felt marginalized at Wake Forest. These emails no doubt have only served to heighten feelings of fear and anger. We here in WGSS pledge to do our best to support you and advocate for your safety and for your ability to “claim an education.” We pledge to continue our mission to produce and disseminate interdisciplinary feminist knowledge while promoting social justice.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns or if there are ways we can better support you. As noted in the University’s email, you may also reach out to the University Counseling Center (336-758-5273), the Chaplain’s Office (336-758-5210) and the Employee Assistance Program (336-716-5493) for support.

In solidarity,

The Department of WGSS

2018-19 Student Award Winners for the WGSS Department

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies congratulates the following students for receiving this year’s awards:

• Leeden Rukstalis – The 2019 Academic Award for Outstanding Senior with a major in WGSS.
• Eun Hye Kim – The 2019 Leadership Award for Outstanding Senior with a major in WGSS.
• Marissa Whitaker – The 2019 Academic Award for Outstanding Senior with a minor in WGSS.
• Reed Van Schenck – The 2019 Leadership Award for Outstanding Senior with a minor in WGSS.
• Abigail Trombley – The Elizabeth Phillips Award for Best Essay in WGSS.