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Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Launch Event
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Launch Event
WhenWednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus locationActivities and Recreation Center
Event sponsorsSchool of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
American & Ethnic Studies
Community Psychology
Diversity Office
Office of Community Based Learning and Research
Student Engagement & Activities
Writing and Communication Center…
Event typesAcademics, Special Events, Student Activities

Please join us to celebrate the launch of IAS's new major and minor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS)!

Meet and greet ~ 11:30am-12:00pm
Chat with student activists, learn about research, study abroad, and internship and job opportunities for students, and talk to IAS advisors about GWSS and graduate school.

Opening remarks and keynote speaker ~ 12:00-1:10 pm

  • Julie Shayne, Faculty Coordinator GWSS
  • Bruce Burgett, Dean of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Victoria Santos, Co-director, Young Women Empowered

Victoria Santos has a passion for inclusive, sustainable community and creative approaches to learning and growth.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Victoria immigrated to the U.S. at age 11. Victoria’s commitment to social justice and service has expressed itself in many forms over the past 20 years, including school-based counseling and community-based enrichment programs for underserved youth, as well as community development in the U.S. and internationally.  She co-directs the non-profit Sister Island Project, which promotes diversity awareness, cultural exchange and sustainable development in the Dominican Republic.

Questions, answers, and discussion: Co-led by Professors Karen Rosenberg and Lauren Lichty

Faculty lightning talks ~ 1:15-2:00 pm
Facilitated by Professor Kristy Leissle.

Feminist and Queer zine and button making workshop ~ 2:15-4:00 pm
Directions: 2:15-2:30; workshop ongoing until 4:00 pm

Join UW Bothell alum Michaella Rosner and the Writing and Communication Center to learn about queer and feminist zines: small, do-it-yourself publications that create space for perspectives often ignored by mainstream media. We will briefly discuss the history and social context of zines, demonstrate examples of some zine-making techniques, and provide time and materials to make your own zine pages.

We will also have a button-making machine to create feminist buttons!

“A Girl in the River,” film and discussion ~ 2:15-3:10 pm
A woman in Pakistan sentenced to death for falling in love becomes a rare survivor of the country's harsh judicial system. Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. 40 min; Oct 2015. Winner of 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject. Discussion facilitated by Professor Alka Kurian.

Student researchers and interns poster presentations ~ 2:30-3:15 pm
Meet students who have conducted GWSS research and internships. Visit them at their posters to learn more about their projects.

Round table discussion about the elections ~ 3:15-4:00 pm Facilitated by Professor Camille Walsh with Professors Minda Martin & Kari Lerum about history, misogyny, and hate-speech in the 2016 presidential elections.

Closing remarks and cake ~ 4:00-4:30 pm
Closing remarks by Professor Julie Shayne and celebration with cake!

Ongoing events:

  • Display by student artists and Clamor, UW Bothell's Literary & Arts Journal
  • Student organizations information tables
  • Campus resources information tables
  • UW Bothell’s Social Justice and Diversity Archive
  • Memorial to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Chocolate procured by Prof Kristy Leissle (aka Dr. Chocolate)

Questions? Contact Professor Julie Shayne, faculty coordinator of GWSS at or find us on Facebook at,

Illustration at top of listing  by Julio Salgado, commissioned by the #Health4All campaign.
GWSS Bookshelf

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