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Prepped for Grad School

GWSS and Political Science major Kendall Witaszek will be graduating summa cum laude this May. In preparation for graduate school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Kendall has taken opportunities both on and off campus to strengthen her confidence in applying the critical concepts that she has learned and internalized through her academic training.
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Despite accommodations, some UMN students clash with professors over 'unseen&...

Don't miss this timely article featuring GWSS Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Instructor Angela Carter highlighting the gap between an increase in students who request accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and some instructors' reluctance to meet those accommodations both inside and outside the classroom.
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Empire’s Other other: Thinking Intersectionally in Transnational Contexts

Nirmala Erevelles is a Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Alabama. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of disability studies, critical race theory, transnational feminism, sociology of education and postcolonial studies. She is the author of numerous journal articles and the 2011 monograph "Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Enabling a Transformative Body Politic". Watch the full lecture given by Dr. Erevelles on April 14 co-hosted by the Critical Disability Studies Collective (CDSC) as part of the 2016-17 GWSS Colloquium Series.
A woman wearing a hijab holding a "LOVE TRUMPS HATE" protest sign

Why a professor in a US university is including a course on Trump in his history...

Why would a professor in a U.S. university include a course on Trump in his history class? A day after the result of the U.S. Presidential Election was announced on November 9, Aren Aizura, Assistant Professor in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department, received emails from students saying they were “scared to leave their dorms” because of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies restricting the entry of outsiders and suspending the U.S.'s refugee program. Read more about Dr. Aizura's take on these issues and efforts to combat them.
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Hidden Figures: Women's Studies Meets Mathematics

Take a look at this story by Colleen Flaherty in "Inside Higher Ed" featuring an interview with GWSS alum Sara Hottinger and her new book "Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics" in which she argues that part of the love/hate polarization of mathematics is how we learn to see math and the people who excel at it - typically male, white and relentlessly objective.