Co-chaired by Professor Yasmine Ergas and Professor Alondra Nelson, the WGSS Council is a network of leaders of centers, institutes, and initiatives at Columbia University dedicated to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The goal of the WGSS Council—established in 2013, with support from the Vice Provost for Academic Planning and the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and with the co-sponsorship of the Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences—is to bring faculty and administrators from across the university together to share information and resources. The hope is that these conversations will foster fruitful collaborations in curriculum, research, and programming and highlight the breadth of gender and sexuality studies at Columbia. For more information, please click here for the 2014-15 Annual Report.
Through a generous $100,000 matching grant from the Ford Foundation, Re:Gender has established the Mariam Chamberlain Dissertation Award to honor and extend founding President Dr. Mariam K. Cahmberlain’s work. The Award will enable Re:Gender to continue Mariam’s interest in promoting mentorship as well as high-level scholarship. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award will create an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year. $10,000 will be awarded annually. Read More
The Global History of Black Girlhood Conference will gather scholars from diverse disciplines to explore new approaches to black girls’ history. This conference’s emphasis on diasporic black girlhood will make it the first to expand the frame of the new subfield in “black girls’ studies” to include work on girls of African descent in Europe, Africa and the Americas together. What does it mean to think about black girls’ studies through a global lens? The first day of the conference will begin with public papers that explore the meaning of black girl pasts in various transnational and/or local contexts, with commentary that highlights shared findings and regional divergences. Conference presenters will receive an honorarium. More Info
Please join LGBT Health for an exchange and discussion with Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen who is visiting the Columbia School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen’s primary area of scholarship focuses on the intersection of health disparities, aging and care giving in marginalized communities. Currently, as the Principal Investigator of the National Health, Aging and Sexuality Study: Caring and Aging with Pride over Time (R01), she is leading the first national longitudinal study on health disparities of LGBT midlife and older adults and their caregivers.
Please save the date for “Queer Disruptions: A National Conference on Gender and Sexuality” hosted by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council and the Office of the Provost at Columbia University.
Women are still woefully underrepresented in academic leadership roles — an issue that was addressed this spring at a colloquium hosted by the Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty. READ MORE