Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thando Mlambo and Sarah Faith Thompson Recipients of the 2016 IRWGS Award Prize Essays

Congratulations to Sarah Faith Thompson (CC ’16 and Political Science major), winner of the 2016 IRWGS Women’s and Gender Studies Award for “Sexual Violence in Civil Wars: Strength, Organizational Control, and Rebel Groups,” and Thando Mlambo (BC ’16 and Africana Studies & Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies double major), winner of the 2016 IRWGS Queer Studies Award for “Destabilizing Nation and Culture: How Zanele Muholi and Queer South African Women are Creating Discursive Space through Visual Culture.”

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Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research

Deadline: October 14, 2016

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is soliciting nominations for the second annual Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research. The 2016 award will be given to a young female researcher who is a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country in order to recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the fields of gender and empowerment of women and girls. More Info

Job Opportunity with Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is seeking a Federal Policy Adviser. S/he will play an integral role in the Center’s domestic federal advocacy work, developing and implementing strategies to ensure protection for reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare in the U.S. by conducting legal and policy analyses and by working with coalition partners and members of Congress and the Administration. More Info

YWCA-NYC Geek Girls Part-time Instructor

YWCA-NYC is looking for a part-time STEM instructor: The Geek Girls Instructor is responsible for planning and facilitating the Fall STEM curriculum around the upcoming presidential election, including coding, design, app development, problem-solving and project management skills. Additional responsibilities include building positive relationships with a group of 25 high school girls; building resiliency strategies to counter negative stereotypes and foster confidence in STEM fields; and ensuring the learning outcomes for the class are met. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Register Now: Queer Disruptions: A Conference on Gender and Sexuality

October 13-14, 2016

Registration is now open for the “Queer Disruptions: A Conference on Gender and Sexuality” hosted by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council and the Office of the Provost at Columbia University.

LGBT Rights in the Balkans in the Communist Era and Today

September 26, 2016, 4-6:00pm

Please join the East Central European Center and SIPA Spectrum for a talk with Zvonimir Dobrović, LGBT rights activist and editor of An Oral History of Homosexuality in Croatia. Dr. Jasmin Mujanović (Friedrich Ebert Foundation) will discuss LGBT rights in the Balkans, and Dobrović will present passages of the English translation of his book.

Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative Workshop: Title IX 101

September 27, 2016, 12pm

Join a workshop with Marjy Fisher, Columbia University’s Title IX Coordinator to learn more about Columbia University policy, state and federal laws, and the link to sexual respect.

The Long-Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families

September 27, 2016, 4:10-5:30pm

Join Barnard College for a talk on “The Long-Run Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families,” by Anna Aizer, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Brown University. Anna Aizer’s research focuses on understanding the intergenerational persistence of poverty. More specifically, she studies the role that family violence, health, maternal stress and parental investment in human capital play in perpetuating poverty across generations. She is a professor of economics at Brown University and co-director of the NBER Children’s Program. Before joining the Brown faculty, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton’s Center for Research on Child Well-Being.

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