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19th Annual WGS Symposium Features Outstanding Student Work WGS Symposium
This year our WGS undergraduate and graduate students presented their research papers, works of creative non-fiction, theatrical performances, and even software applications to an enthusiastic crowd! The event packed two full rooms and featured 28 student presentations. Click here to read more!

 Meghan Bosko Wins Fisher Thesis Award!
Vag Mon Mini ImgMeghan Bosko, MA '13 is featured in STATEside for winning the Illinois State's prestigious James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award.  Check out how the Women's and Gender Studies program impacted her thesis.  We could not be more proud of Meghan! 

The Women's Leadership Conference was a Success!
Take Back the Night LadiesWere you able to attend the Women's Leadership Conference? If not, click here to find out more about what it is all about and hear about it's astonishing success!

 F.L.A.M.E. brings the Clothesline Project to ISU
F.L.A.M.E. brings the Clothesline Project to ISUOctober is Domestic Violence awareness month. This is a great time to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Bloomington-Normal community.  Tuesday, October 10th, Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.) presented the Clothesline Project in honor of this month.

Tia Blassingame Gives Enlightening Artist Talk and Promotes her Current Exhibition
WMN Identity featured Dr. Susan J. Douglas, the 19th annual WGS Symposium Keynote Speaker, in their newsletter. Click here and see what Rachael Hatch wrote about this amazing event!

Spotlight

WGS Student Feature: Breanna Leathers. The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program welcomes one of our minor students, Breanna Leathers! Breanna is a Human Development/Family Resources major with a minor in WGS! Why did you choose WGS as a minor? I chose WGS as a minor … Continue reading  
WGS Student Feature: Chelsea Gulbransen. Meet our student feature, Chelsea Gulbransen! This theater major first got interested in the WGS minor when she took IDS 121.39: Women by Women: Contemporary Women Playwrights which sparked her interest in the plight of women and other dehumanized groups … Continue reading  
WGS Student Feature: Breanna Leathers.

Bree LeathersThe Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program welcomes one of our minor students, Breanna Leathers! Breanna is a Human Development/Family Resources major with a minor in WGS!

Why did you choose WGS as a minor?

I chose WGS as a minor for multiple reasons. One reason I chose this minor is because every part of WGS is relevant and interesting to me. This minor was perfect for me because I feel that there is a deep importance for everyone to learn about the topics that are present within WGS classes. Some of these topics include the intersections of gender with other aspects of individuals identities, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and so much more. I also chose this minor because I believe that it will enhance my major and prepare me to become a citizen that is aware of issues present within the world and will motivate me further to continue my activism for social justice.

What is one of your favorite WGS classes?

My favorite WGS class is History 262 (History of Women in the United States since 1865) because of how much I was able to learn from the content, the professor, and my peers. I had already learned so much about the History of the U.S., but looking at it through the women-centered perspective, we studied opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of history that I had never encountered before. Dr. Ciani is also a major reason why this class is a favorite. She genuinely cares about the well being of her students and wants them to get the most out of the content as possible. She also encourages her students to work together to learn from each other and see how other individuals perceptions of things differ from our own. I love this course!

Who is one of your favorite WGS faculty members?

All of the WGS faculty are wonderful so it is too difficult for me to choose a favorite. They all provide a different but equally engaging and informative learning environment that promotes learning about important WGS topics. The relevance and diversity of the information that all WGS faculty provide is always interesting and can be applied to things in the real world. All of the faculty truly care about their students and want them to learn and analyze all of the important topics related to WGS. It is apparent that their hope is that their students will use their knowledge to empower each other, engage themselves, and have a voice in society about all of the issues we face.

What have you enjoyed most about WGS?

I have enjoyed every aspect of being a WGS minor, but I would have to say that what I have enjoyed most is the relationships that I have formed with other individuals that have some of the same interests as I do. I don’t think I have ever been surrounded by a community of individuals that are so welcoming, supporting, and caring. All of the people, faculty and students, involved with WGS are amazing individuals and share a common goal of learning and teaching others about the importance of all the issues that arise within the intersections of gender and sexuality and society.

What advice would you give to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the WGS program?

My advice for students interested in any WGS program would be to talk to a WGS student/faculty member or to sit in on a WGS course to get a small glimpse of what the WGS program is like. It won’t take much to realize that WGS is an amazing program with many opportunities to further anyone’s education and to build valuable relationships with others who share common interests and goals.

How has the WGS minor influenced your time at ISU?

The WGS minor has been the best part of my educational journey thus far. I have not only learned so much about things involved with WGS but I have also learned a lot about myself and the person that I aspire to be. I am overjoyed to be a part of such an amazing program and to be associated with all the other individuals involved in WGS. Even once my WGS education is finished at ISU, I will continue to further my knowledge regarding WGS issues for the rest of my life. I will never forget the countless things that I have been able to acquire knowledge about or the remarkable individuals that I built relationships with because of taking the WGS minor.

Would you recommend WGS to other students?

ABSOLUTELY! WGS has the potential to enhance any major or any individual’s intellectual capacity by encouraging learning about real-life issues that will overall create a more well-rounded education.

What additional involvement have you had on campus:

I am the Vice President of the Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E) which is an organization that empowers students, works to challenge all forms of oppression, and informs others of issues in our society that involve gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, age, and ethnicity. I also am a student that works with Disability Concerns to provide assistance to classmates in need with note taking and answering any questions that they may have regarding class.

WGS Student Feature: Chelsea Gulbransen.

Chelsea GulbransenMeet our student feature, Chelsea Gulbransen! This theater major first got interested in the WGS minor when she took IDS 121.39: Women by Women: Contemporary Women Playwrights which sparked her interest in the plight of women and other dehumanized groups of people. Chelsea one day hopes to be apart of a company in Chicago, either contemporary, Shakespeare, or Social Justice Theater. Chelsea graduated recently and is now an alumna of the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program!

What is your favorite WGS affiliated course?

It’s so hard to choose! I loved the independent study I designed for myself, Shakespeare and Feminist Theory. I was able to explore what I loved and I learned a lot.

Who is one of your favorite WGS faculty members?

Currently I have Dr. Kyle Ciani and she has been an amazing teacher, also very accommodating and kind. She is so smart and its obvious she wants others to be educated about what women have had to go through beyond Suffrage.

What have you enjoyed most about WGS?

I’ve enjoyed meeting people with the same interests, I have gained knowledge in areas of life that are swept under the rug. I have loved appreciating and loving women of all walks of life.

What advice would you give to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the WGS program?

Just do it. Take the classes that sound interesting you to you. Get educated about the injustice around you as well as exposing yourself to the good that “minorities” are apart of. Yes, I put minorities in quotes, because I hate that word but it is so ingrained in today’s society.

How did the WGS minor influence your time at ISU?

It made me more aware of the theater I was interested in as well as learning to locate feminist values within writings. It has helped me become less afraid of being a woman in today’s world and allowed me to own my power as woman and a person.

Would you recommend WGS to other students?

Of course. It’s not easy having ingrained beliefs challenged but its better than walking through life wearing blinders of privilege.


F.L.A.M.E. Meeting - the Representation of Feminism in the Media
Mon, October 6, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Rachel Cooper, Second Floor Lounge

The Clothesline Project
Wed, October 8, 2014 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Quad

Social Work Masters Open House
Sat, October 18, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fairchild Hall (FH), 301

Take Back the Night
Tue, October 21, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Old Main Room

Student Affairs 101
Fri, October 24, 2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Prairie Room


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