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Department of GSWS Create Space [IN-PERSON EVENT] [View Image]

Department of GSWS Create Space [IN-PERSON EVENT]

August 9, 2021

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is so excited to welcome new and returning students to campus since the beginning of COVID. We're looking forward to seeing you all and imagining our space in Crenshaw House together.

Transcripts Podcast Panel: [View Image]

Transcripts Podcast Panel: "The South Deserves People Like Me"

April 12, 2021

The new audio documentary Transcripts: "The South Deserves People Like Me" follows Black and multi-racial transgender Southerners as they fight to build home and community below the Mason-Dixon line. Come hear an excerpt of the show, plus a moderated panel discussion with 4 visionary trans activists on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m.

[March 20] DISCOURSE X SOUND 002: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley in Conversation with Aurora Higgs [View Image]

[March 20] DISCOURSE X SOUND 002: Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley in Conversation with Aurora Higgs

March 10, 2021

On Saturday, March 20, at 12:00, the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and OPULENCE welcome artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley to be in conversation with MATX student Aurora Higgs as part of the DISCOURSE x SOUND series. 
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[March 15] "CYBERPUBLICS, MONUMENTS, AND PARTICIPATION" a Discussion with Legacy Russell and Listening Session Facilitated by Dr. madison moore

March 10, 2021

Join us on Monday, March 15, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. for a discussion hosted by Legacy Russell about the ways in which artists engaging the digital are building new models for what monuments can be in a networked era of mechanical reproduction. After Legacy's talk, Dr. madison moore will facilitate a critical listening session followed by a conversation and Q&A session with Legacy. 

Teaching about social justice can lead to tense moments. A new book helps educators navigate them. [View Image]

Teaching about social justice can lead to tense moments. A new book helps educators navigate them.

November 24, 2020

The book, co-edited by GSWS professor, Dr. Kim Case, aims to help teachers better handle challenging topics. “We are going to make mistakes” in being effective allies, Dr. Case said. “But we must take the leap.”

LBGTQ+ History Month Month feature: Q&A with alum Aiden Ball [View Image]

LBGTQ+ History Month Month feature: Q&A with alum Aiden Ball

October 15, 2020

In recognition of LGBTQ+ History month this October, Sianna Westley, a junior in VCUarts' Communication Arts major and student worker for the Department of History, chatted with Aiden Ball, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) major and History minor, Class of 2019.

DISCOURSE x SOUND: An Online Lecture Series from OPULENCE [View Image]

DISCOURSE x SOUND: An Online Lecture Series from OPULENCE

October 14, 2020

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and OPULENCE present: DISCOURSE x SOUND, an online lecture series highlighting contemporary DJs alongside new, cutting-edge research on gender, queerness, and Black/brown livelihoods.

Celebrating Ten Years of [View Image]

Celebrating Ten Years of "Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva: Women's Subjectivity and the Decolonizing Text"

September 18, 2020

Ten years after publishing Writing the Black Revolutionary Diva: Women's Subjectivity and the Decolonizing Text, Dr. Kimberly N. Brown revisited this text which she describes as a celebration of Black agency. This book project investigates how African American female writers use their creative works to push for the decolonization of their Black readership.

 

Collective Statement of Resistance and Accountability [View Image]

Collective Statement of Resistance and Accountability

August 14, 2020

The Department of GSWS has written a collective statement of resistance and accountability that was completed during the summer of 2020.

New podcast, 'Transcripts', shares stories and struggles of transgender activists across the U.S. [View Image]

New podcast, 'Transcripts', shares stories and struggles of transgender activists across the U.S.

July 8, 2020

The podcast from the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota is co-hosted by VCU professor Myrl Beam and Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkins.

GSWS Alumna Accepted in Highly-Competitive Fellowship Program [View Image]

GSWS Alumna Accepted in Highly-Competitive Fellowship Program

June 29, 2020

Daisy Matias, a recent GSWS grad, was accepted into the Summer Workshop at the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Philips Andover. Dr. madison moore, GSWS professor and IRT alum, lobbied for Daisy to be accepted into this fellowship program for underrepresented minority students looking to become educators.

White supremacy, anti-black violence, and recent protests [View Image]

White supremacy, anti-black violence, and recent protests

June 1, 2020

"Though anti-racism practice is a key part of our department’s mission of social transformation, I can support our efforts to do more — to condemn police brutality, to examine and counteract our own complicity with larger systems of institutionalized oppression, and to lift up, support, and join the anti-racism work in which many members of the GSWS community already are engaged." - Kathy Ingram, GSWS Chair

Alumni Spotlight: Iresha Picot [View Image]

Alumni Spotlight: Iresha Picot

April 14, 2020

Iresha Picot (BA African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies '07/H&S) M.Ed, LBS is a licensed behavior specialist and the Clinical Lead at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has built an incredible start to her early career—not only as a behavioral support resource for families with autistic children but also as an experienced educator, birth advocate, and published author.

Humanity and Values in Times of Crisis [View Image]

Humanity and Values in Times of Crisis

March 23, 2020

A statement from the faculty and staff of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies to our students and academic community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student Spotlight: Angel Flowers [View Image]

Student Spotlight: Angel Flowers

March 2, 2020

Angel Flowers, a community builder, DJ, and junior in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, has dedicated her curriculum to blending her love for creativity and performance with her innate passion for public health, policymaking, and providing resources for the most vulnerable. 

Alumni Interview: Corrina Beall [View Image]

Alumni Interview: Corrina Beall

February 13, 2020

Corrina Beall (c/o 2011) currently serves as the Legislative and Political Director of the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter. We got a chance to catch up with Corrina, who recently was featured in the Richmond-coveted list Style Weekly’s Top 40 under 40, to chat about local politics, the changing perspectives on the floor, and the role students can play in fighting for environmental justice in Richmond.

Student Spotlight: Devin Manning [View Image]

Student Spotlight: Devin Manning

February 10, 2020

Devin Manning, a black, queer + nonbinary, and disabled junior, has a passion for providing representation for their experience. They hope their double major in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and English will aid them in becoming a human-advocacy writer on topics of feminism, disability rights, queer rights, and mental health issues beyond depression/anxiety.

Queering Public Health and Public Policy in the Deep South [View Image]

Queering Public Health and Public Policy in the Deep South

January 17, 2020

Dr. bee Coston, VCU MSW grad CC Calin, and community advocate and Southerners on New Ground Communications Associate, Micky Jordan, contributed a chapter to Queering Public Health and Public Policy in the Deep South an anthology that gives local context to the historical reality of the decentering of Black folks and POC in "pride" movements. 

Who's Invited? Making Space in Social Justice Coalitions [View Image]

Who's Invited? Making Space in Social Justice Coalitions

November 22, 2019

At the annual conference of the American Studies Association, Dr. Eli Coston's presentation described the challenge of engaging in those conversations while simultaneously creating novel ways for those who were formally excluded to continue participating in drawing from examples of the coalitions' work.

College of Humanities and Sciences' Rising Stars: madison moore [View Image]

College of Humanities and Sciences' Rising Stars: madison moore

October 7, 2019

“I believe in theory and practice. As an artist scholar, I’m not interested in being removed from my object of study. You can’t believably write about nightlife and be completely removed from it. For me, the real juice is when you know not only the history, theory, and legacy of your object of study but when you can practice it, too.”

Student’s research leads to DC Comics internship [View Image]

Student’s research leads to DC Comics internship

August 19, 2019

The research paper Thea Cheuk wrote last spring on the DC Comics character Dick Grayson did more than combine Cheuk’s interests in graphic arts and gender studies, it also led to a coveted internship at one of the comic industry’s largest publishers.

New minor in LGBT+ and queer studies for fall '19 [View Image]

New minor in LGBT+ and queer studies for fall '19

April 8, 2019

The new LGBT+ and queer studies minor will provide students with rigorous and broad training in the field.

VCU celebrates groundbreaking research in LGBTQ studies being conducted by faculty [View Image]

VCU celebrates groundbreaking research in LGBTQ studies being conducted by faculty

September 10, 2018

Before a crowd of more than 350 students, faculty, staff and Richmond community members, Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated the depth and breadth of research in LGBTQ studies that is being conducted across the university.

With a $1M gift, alumna Iris Harrell and wife Ann Benson create a new scholarship for gender, sexuality and women’s studies at VCU [View Image]

With a $1M gift, alumna Iris Harrell and wife Ann Benson create a new scholarship for gender, sexuality and women’s studies at VCU

June 13, 2018

When Iris Harrell’s parents got divorced during her junior year at what is now the University of Mary Washington, her college education was left in jeopardy. She didn’t have enough money to supplement the scholarships that had allowed her to be the first member of her North Carolina farming family to attend college.

An Open Letter from the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU [View Image]

An Open Letter from the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU

August 18, 2017

We return to campus this year anguished but resolute, determined to resist the violence and visceral hate confronting us and our students. Though there are so many events, unfortunately, that we could write about, we feel compelled to speak out in the aftermath of the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. As faculty and staff of one of the state universities in Virginia, located in the former capital of the confederacy, and in a city with its own shameful and brutal history of enslavement, we must speak out and condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist attacks, as well as revisionist histories and false equivalencies between white supremacy and anti-racist activism that continue to circulate.

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