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

Keywords: Justice

March 23, 2017, 4:30pm

WGSS Council and the Center for the Study of Social Difference and are co-hosting a spring 2017 Keywords Roundtable Discussion on the keyword “justice.” The conversation will feature: Che Gossett, Community Archivist and Student Coordinator, Barnard College; Mark Hatzenbuehler, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Co­Director, Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health, Mailman School of Public Health; Kathryn Kolbert, Constance Hess Williams Director of the Athena Center for Leadership, Barnard College; Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; Jennifer Wenzel, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University; and Rachel Adams, Professor of English and American Studies, Columbia University and Director, Center for the Study of Social Difference. More Info

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Women, Peace, and Security Policy and Research Fellowship for 2017-2018

Deadline: March 26, 2017

The Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship, based in New York City, in the office of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is an unpaid fellowship offered to current graduate students or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human rights, and international peace and security issues. This fellowship is being offered beginning from June 2017 to May 2018. The goal of the fellowship is to engage students and young professionals in civil society efforts to advance the protection of women’s rights, and promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at the international level with a particular focus on the UN Security Council and UN Headquarters. More Info

Job Opportunity: Ford Foundation Program Officer, Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice

The Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice (GREJ) thematic area seeks a dynamic, curious and collaborative Program Officer (PO) to help shape and implement the Foundation’s work to advance social justice work globally with a focus on advancing the rights of those marginalized by gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity or other identities. Based in New York, the Program Officer will support the GREJ thematic area strategy and grantmaking, and will work collaboratively with Ford’s Regional Offices and colleagues in other funding institutions to advance GREJ goals. More Info

National Women’s Studies Association Opportunities

Deadline: March 27, 2017

NWSA offers scholarship and award opportunities for graduate students including: Graduate Scholarship Award, Women of Color Caucus Essay Award, Lesbian Caucus Scholarship, and Conference Registration and Travel Grants. If you are interested, please send a request to Lila Abu-Lughod, IRWGS Director of Graduate Studies, describing which award you would like to apply for and what you working on, including, as relevant, MA or PhD dissertation topics. More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Belinda Archibong – “Harmattan Winds, Disease and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment”

March 23, 2017, 12pm

Please join BCRW for a lunchtime lecture with Belinda Archibong who will share her research on ways that public health and epidemics impact gender-based disparities, focusing on the 1986 meningitis epidemic in Niger when investment in girls’ education decreased dramatically.

The Clarice Factor: Aesthetics, Gender, and Diaspora in Brazil

March 23-24, 2017, 6:00pm

Please join the Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures and the Heyman Center for a conference titled, “The Clarice Factor: Aesthetics, Gender, and Diaspora in Brazil.”

“Double-Consciousness: Women of Color as Advocates for Ourselves and Others” Conference

March 24, 2017, 9:30am-3:30pm

Empowering Women of Color (EWOC) at Columbia Law School is proud to announce our third annual conference: Double-Consciousness: Women of Color as Advocates for Ourselves and Others. This year, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law for a symposium issue in addition to our continued partnership with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS). This year’s conference will create a space for strategizing around that challenge through several panel discussions. Our discussions will center on balancing our reality as individual citizens who are subject to the law with our role as advocates armed with the power of the law. The conference will open with keynote remarks from Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. The Constance Baker Motley Gala will follow in the evening from 6:30-9:30pm. Additional information regarding the purchase of gala tickets will follow.

LGBTQ Rights in Latin America: the case of El Salvador

March 24, 2017, 1-2pm

Join Spectrum, LASA and the HRWG for a lunch with SIPA alumni and LGBT activists from El Salvador. Come learn about their advocacy strategies and what they are doing to bring the case to the UN and to the Inter-American system.

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