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 2015-16 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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Internship for the Million Dollar Women Summit

Do you want to meet female entrepreneurs who are building and growing their own businesses? Then apply to be an intern for the Million Dollar Women Summit in New York City. The MDW Summit will be held on March 23-24, 2017, and the organizers need interns to help them plan and run the event. You’ll get the opportunity to work alongside passionate women planning the Summit, to attend the Summit, and meet women entrepreneurs building businesses and successful female CEOs. Interested? Send an email to Julia@littlepim.com with why you like to intern and your qualifications. Seeking 3-4 interns.

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

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center: Call for Applications for Research Associates in 2017-2018

Deadline: February 15, 2017

Located in a geographic area with one of the largest concentrations of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. To support this work, scholars come to the Center from around the world, seeking a supportive environment to carry out their research. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

Want to Add an Event to the WGSSC Calendar?

Contact Us at wgssc@columbia.edu or complete this form.

Current LGBT Rights Discourse in Eastern Europe and Africa: A Panel Discusssion

November 30, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm

This discussion will focus on the current discourse and realities regarding human rights and the lives of LGBT persons in Armenia, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The panelists will discuss the manifold perspectives and narratives around LGBT issues on a global scale, and analyze the similarities and differences amongst different national and local movements and their role in global LGBTI movement.

Women in Science “Ask a Grad” Event

November 30, 2016, 7:30-9pm

Join Women in Science at Columbia for their “Ask a Grad Event.” This event will provide opportunities for undergraduate, post-bac, and MA student attendees to ask PhD students questions about a variety of topics: how to find research opportunities, GRE exams / application prep, gap years / alternative paths to STEM, diversity issues, and non-academic career options in STEM. Attendees will chat with current grad students from a range of departments (Psych, Neuro, Chem, Bio, Astronomy) in small groups, and rotate through the evening so that all attendees will have a chance to chat with all grad students. Attendees of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend! RSVP is recommended but not required. There will be free food!

“In the Absence of Justice: Embodiment and the Politics of Militarized Dismemberment in Occupied East Jerusalem”

December 5, 2016, 8:30am-12pm

Join Columbia Law School for, “In the Absence of Justice: Embodiment and the politics of militarized dismemberment in occupied East Jerusalem,” a day-long program about challenges to women’s access to justice in East Jerusalem that are unique not only to the occupied Palestinian territory, but to the world in general.
This program is co-supported by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, and UN Women.
This event is free and open to the public.

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ATHENA CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES | @barnard_Athena

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BARNARD CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN | @bcrtweets

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CENTER ON AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGION, SEXUAL POLITICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (CARSS)
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CENTER FOR GENDER & SEXUALITY LAW | @ColumbiaLaw

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COLUMBIA WOMEN IN BUSINESS | @CWIBatCBS

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Suzanne Goldberg op-ed on why you should care about Sexual Respect

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LGBTQ Students Call for Increased Resources and Creation of Center

The University continues to tout this distinction in admissions brochures, but Columbia now remains unique from its peers for a different reason: It is the only Ivy League school without an LGBTQ center. READ MORE

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Invisible Labor of Women’s Studies and their Second-Class Status

Lila Abu-Lughod, director of the CSSD Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies project, was interviewed about women’s studies programs’s visibility at top universities. READ MORE