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Spring 2020

  • From the Director’s Desk

    August 24, 2020

    From the Director’s Desk
    I had prepared my Director’s Desk letter, focusing on the admirable efforts of our students, staff, and faculty in managing the high level of personal and professional demand and strain associated with COVID-19. I threw that letter away. Today is the ...
  • Combating Anti-Black Racism

    August 24, 2020

    There is a strong body of scholarship devoted to understanding and eliminating anti-Black racism, violence, and oppression. This critical race scholarship often uses intersectionality to highlight how anti-Black racism is inextricably linked with gender, class, and disability, among other key ...
  • Center Students’ Works Featured at Moisturizer Gallery

    August 24, 2020

    Center Students’ Works Featured at Moisturizer Gallery
    Work by students in Dr. Jillian Hernandez’s Fall 2019 Latinx Sexualities course was on view in January 2020 at Moisturizer Gallery in Gainesville, a space that features cutting-edge contemporary art from across the country. Students displayed their final creative projects ...
  • Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments

    August 24, 2020

    Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments
    Congratulations to our graduates! Shyamala Engelhart graduated with her MA in Women’s Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology in spring 2020. In March, she successfully defended her MA project titled, “Feminist Gerontology: A Course Syllabus on Older Women, Ageism ...
  • Celebrating Undergraduate Student Research

    August 24, 2020

    This year, the Center’s graduating majors completed exciting Honors Thesis research projects that translate their academic learning into advancing scholarship and addressing real-world challenges. Through this research, these students help us realize the mission of the Center’s academic program to ...
  • Center Alum Transformational Experiences Shape Her Goals as a Feminist Professor

    August 24, 2020

    Center Alum Transformational Experiences Shape Her Goals as a Feminist Professor
    Dr. Marcela Murillo graduated with the MA in Women’s Studies and PhD in Spanish in 2019. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Santa Fe College. My incursion to the Center started out as simple curiosity. I took Dr. Shehan’s “Advanced ...
  • Center Awards Inaugural Charles T. Woods Grants

    August 24, 2020

    Center Awards Inaugural Charles T. Woods Grants
    The Center is proud to announce the inaugural winners of the Charles T. Woods Endowment Grants. These grants are made possible by the generosity of Charles T. Woods who, upon his passing, left the gift to support research and service ...
  • Gainesville Girlhoods: A Conversation on Girl-Centered Community Engagement

    August 24, 2020

    Gainesville Girlhoods: A Conversation on Girl-Centered Community Engagement
    Local community organization leaders came together in the Center to discuss their gender-specific education, creative, and enrichment projects. The panel, featuring representatives from the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, PACE Center for Girls– Alachua, and Girls Place, Inc. was moderated by ...
  • Faculty Congratulate Center’s 2020 Graduating Class Virtually

    August 24, 2020

    Faculty Congratulate Center’s 2020 Graduating Class Virtually
    Due to COVID-19, we had to halt inperson contact this spring, precisely at a time when we usually gather to celebrate and send off our Center graduates. In fact, a highlight of our spring semesters is our end of year ...
  • Center Events Bring Scholars, Collaborators, and Guests to UF

    August 24, 2020

    The Center’s Annual “Fall Reception” was held on September 12th. Center Affiliate faculty member, Dr. Sheila K. Dickison, of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, gave the keynote address, and was named the “Uppity Woman Award” recipient and Dr. ...
  • With an Attitude of Gratitude

    August 24, 2020

    Thanks to everyone whose generosity helps the Center continue to thrive, including the following donors: Gifts to the Center are used to fund conferences, educational travel for graduate students, scholarship funds, speaker honoraria, and exhibit support. Read more "With an Attitude of ...
  • Opportunities for Giving to the UF Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research

    August 24, 2020

    We appreciate the generosity of our donors at all levels. For those thinking of a significant gift, we have some suggestions: $250 Garden walk pavers for the Yardley Garden (honor a recent graduate or teacher) $500-$1000 Send a student to a regional or national ...
  • CGSWSR Faculty News

    August 24, 2020

    CGSWSR Faculty News
    Dr. Anita Anantharam published the chapter, “Gender and Food Politics” in the edited book Asian Diaspora and Development (Routledge, 2020). She gave the keynote Address on “Ecofeminism” at the UF International i-Rec Conference for Sustainability and the Built Environment Resilience ...

Fall 2019

  • Consider an M.A. in the Center

    August 24, 2020

    Consider an M.A. in the Center
    Come to the University of Florida’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research to Earn a Master’s Degree: The Center offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender and sexualities and their intersections with race/ethnicity, class, and other sociocultural ...
  • From the Director’s Desk

    August 24, 2020

    From the Director’s Desk
    I had the privilege of listening to two inspiring talks by Center affiliate faculty members, one by Dr. Sheila Dickison at our Center’s fall reception and one by Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn at the African American Studies fall reception. Serendipitously, both ...
  • Another Exciting Fall Reception

    August 24, 2020

    Another Exciting Fall Reception
    The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research held its annual Fall Reception on September 12 in the Atrium in Ustler Hall. Director Bonnie Moradi welcomed over 100 guests including core and affiliate faculty, students, and friends of the ...
  • Welcome New Graduate Students

    August 24, 2020

    Welcome New Graduate Students
    We are delighted to welcome our new graduate students to the Center’s MA program: Alissa “Sunshine” Adam, Chelsea Gifford, Sky Martin, and Justine Veras. These students bring a rich range of experiences and interests: Alissa “Sunshine” Adam graduated from the University ...
  • With an Attitude of Gratitude

    August 24, 2020

    Thanks to everyone whose generosity helps the Center continue to thrive, including the following donors: Gifts to the Center are used to fund conferences, educational travel for graduate students, scholarship funds, speaker honoraria, and exhibit support. Read more "With an Attitude of ...
  • Opportunities for Giving to the Center

    August 24, 2020

    We appreciate the generosity of our donors at all levels. For those thinking of a significant gift to the Center, we have some suggestions: $250 Garden walk pavers for the Yardley Garden (honor a recent graduate or teacher) $500 Send a student to a ...
  • Center Alum Integrates the Arts and Therapy to Support Boys and Promote Change

    August 24, 2020

    Center Alum Integrates the Arts and Therapy to Support Boys and Promote Change
    Christine Joseph graduated with the BA in Women’s Studies in 2009. She went on to earn a degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2017. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist at SailFuture group home. I currently work as ...
  • Center Alum Advances Research and Praxis Centering Indigenous Women’s Resistance and Liberation Activism

    August 24, 2020

    Center Alum Advances Research and Praxis Centering Indigenous Women’s Resistance and Liberation Activism
    Nathalia H. Ochoa graduated with the MA in Women’s Studies in 2013. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas-Austin. As a feminist scholar, her work ...
  • Community and Campus to Celebrate 2020: Centennial of the 19th Amendment and Gainesville as a Hub of Feminist Activism

    August 24, 2020

    Community and Campus to Celebrate 2020: Centennial of the 19th Amendment and Gainesville as a Hub of Feminist Activism
    Danielle de la Torre is an Advertising major graduating this semester. She is completing a women’s studies internship with Celebrate Women 2020, a Gainesville initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, and Gainesville activists’ leadership in the ...
  • Book Nook: Recently Published Books by Center Faculty and Affiliates

    August 24, 2020

    Book Nook: Recently Published Books by Center Faculty and Affiliates
    Thomasenia Lott Adams, Taylor Wenzel, Kristopher J. Childs, Samamtha Neff, Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Girls, grades K-5, Solution Tree, 2019. Dr. Adams is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Education and ...
  • UF Well-Represented at NWSA Annual Conference

    August 24, 2020

    UF Well-Represented at NWSA Annual Conference
    In Chronological Order: Advice for New Chairs and Directors: The Politics of Knowledge Sharing and Production in WGSS Panel Member: Bonnie Moradi, University of Florida Author Meets Critics, Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora Critic: Jillian Hernandez, University of Florida Embodied ...
  • UF Students Inspired by Women’s Conference

    August 24, 2020

    UF Students Inspired by Women’s Conference
    The fourth annual Women’s Conference of Florida took place on November 1st, 2019 in Tampa. More than 1,300 attendees from across the state gathered to explore topics of interest to professional women. UF attendees included Elana Pastore, a student completing her ...
  • Expanding Scholarship and Teaching on Latina Feminisms: The Center Welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Garcia

    August 24, 2020

    Expanding Scholarship and Teaching on Latina Feminisms: The Center Welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Garcia
    The Center is excited to welcome our newest colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Garcia. Dr. Garcia, who holds degrees in Economics, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, was drawn to her field of study after taking an American Studies course at Brown University. “As ...

Spring 2019

  • From the Director’s Desk

    July 2, 2019

    From the Director's Desk
    The theme of this spring’s National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Chairs and Directors meeting was “Gender Studies Under Fire.” At this conference, leaders in the field described and analyzed targeted attempts  to delegitimize gender, sexuality, and women’s studies (some highly ...
  • Preceptor Profile: Sarah Catalanotto

    July 2, 2019

    Preceptor Profile: Sarah Catalanotto
    By: Dr. Laura K. Guyer Sarah Catalanotto, MPH, CTTS was raised in an environment of activism and concern for the welfare of underserved people. Watching her father, UF faculty member Frank Catalanotto, DMD, advocate for all to have access to quality ...
  • “Claiming an Education:” A Reflection

    July 2, 2019

    “Claiming an Education:” A Reflection
    By Dr. Judith W. Page A few years ago I gave a talk at an Italian University on the history of women’s studies in the US. I called the talk “Claiming an Education,” in a deliberate echo of and homage to ...
  • Harvest Without Violence

    July 2, 2019

    Harvest Without Violence
    By Samantha Baugus, James Everett, Andreina Fernandez, Kate Fletcher, Breanne Hooks , Elizabeth Lunior, Isabel Miceli, Pamala Proverbs We hosted “Harvest without Violence,” a panel discussion featuring the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), in Ustler Hall on the evening of March 12. ...
  • Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments

    July 2, 2019

    Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments
    Mirela Cardinal graduated with her MA in Women’s Studies in spring 2019. In March, she defended her MA project, “Queer Visibility on YouTube Videos in the Context of Brazil” with the mentorship of Dr. Tanya Saunders and Dr. Jillian Hernandez. ...
  • CGSWSR Faculty News

    July 2, 2019

    CGSWSR Faculty News
    Anita Anantharam was selected to participate in the National Women’s Studies Association Women of Color Leadership project. She was also inducted into the Huy D. Huynh Hall of Fame. Through this honor, UF Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs recognizes outstanding ...
  • Center Launches Women’s Studies Major Ambassador Program

    July 2, 2019

    Center Launches Women’s Studies Major Ambassador Program
    An exciting development in the Center this year was that we established the Women’s Studies Major Ambassador program. Women’s Studies Major ambassadors are selected based on their excellent academic and professional record. They gain valuable professional development experience by working ...
  • Center Alum Launches Stronger Than Stigma, Inc., Connects Entrepreneurship and Social Change

    July 2, 2019

    Center Alum Launches Stronger Than Stigma, Inc., Connects Entrepreneurship and Social Change
    Gabrielle Magid graduated with the BA in Women’s Studies and minors in business administration and nonprofit organizational leadership in 2015. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Stronger Than Stigma, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL. As with most big decisions in ...
  • Center Alum Brings Feminist Analysis to Studying Climate Smart Agricultural Technology

    July 2, 2019

    Center Alum Brings Feminist Analysis to Studying Climate Smart Agricultural Technology
    Molly Green graduated with the MA in Women’s Studies in 2014. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill. Her engaged research on climate change, agricultural technologies, and food sovereignty is informed by ...
  • Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Reflection

    July 2, 2019

    Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Reflection
    By Dr. Angel Kwolek-Folland Moments of change encourage us to reflect, and I’m grateful for this space in which to look back on my experience of our shared women’s studies project. As an historian, looking back is what I do, so ...

Fall 2018

  • From the Director’s Desk

    January 22, 2019

    From the Director's Desk
    I have been thinking a lot about the importance of community and feminist intersectional praxis – the inextricable link between scholarship and action for social change. Many of us attended the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) conference this year. As ...
  • Another Exciting Fall Reception

    January 22, 2019

    Another Exciting Fall Reception
    The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research held its annual Fall Reception on September 12 in the Atrium in Ustler Hall. Director Bonnie Moradi welcomed over 100 guests including core and affiliate faculty, students, and friends of the ...
  • Welcome New Graduate Students

    January 22, 2019

    Welcome New Graduate Students
    We are delighted to welcome our new graduate students to the Center’s MA program: Shyamala Engelhart, Andreina Fernandez, Kaylee Kagiavas, Logan Neser, and Melissa Powers. These students bring a rich range of experiences and interests: Shyamala Engelhart has a BA in ...
  • With an Attitude of Gratitude

    January 22, 2019

    With an Attitude of Gratitude
    Thanks to everyone whose generosity helps the Center continue to thrive, including the following donors: Association for Academic Women Mr. Gregory R. Allen Dr. Marni A. Brown & Mr. Casey A. Brown Reverend Glen A. Busby & Mrs. Linda C. Busby Mr. Fred Cantrell, Jr. Mrs. ...
  • Center Alum Launches Academic Career in Race, Gender, and Environmental Justice

    January 22, 2019

    Center Alum Launches Academic Career in Race, Gender, and Environmental Justice
    Alum Spotlight: Dr. Vanessa Fabien graduated with her BA in Women’s Studies in 2006. She earned a PhD in September 2014 in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a historian, her research focuses on 19th and 20th ...
  • Center Alum Brings Gender Equity Lens to International Tax Consulting

    January 22, 2019

    Center Alum Brings Gender Equity Lens to International Tax Consulting
    Alum Spotlight: Aishwarya Krishna Iyer graduated with the MA in Women’s Studies and SJD in Taxation from the Levin College of Law in 2018. She is currently an International Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwaraha Gurur Saakshaat ...
  • Remembering Poet, Playwright, and Former UF Professor Ntozake Shangé

    January 22, 2019

    Remembering Poet, Playwright, and Former UF Professor Ntozake Shangé
    By Bobbi Korner, Dean College of Arts and Architecture, Pennsylvania State University From 2002 to 2006, poet and playwright Ntozake Shangé was a faculty member in the then Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. She worked with undergraduate and graduate ...
  • Connecting Art, Community, and Feminist Praxis: The Center Welcomes Dr. Jillian Hernandez

    January 22, 2019

    Connecting Art, Community, and Feminist Praxis: The Center Welcomes Dr. Jillian Hernandez
    By Matt Sterns, MA Candidate, Women’s Studies The Center is excited to welcome our newest faculty colleague, Dr. Jillian Hernandez. Dr. Hernandez’s scholarship is located at the nexus of several important fields including Black and Latina feminist theory, Black and Latinx studies, ...
  • Center Affiliates Win NEH Grant, Put Feminist Technology Practices into Action

    January 18, 2019

    Center Affiliates Win NEH Grant, Put Feminist Technology Practices into Action
    By Dr. Laurie Taylor, Center Affiliate and UF Digital Scholarship Librarian In August 2018, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that they awarded $231,093 for Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute. The investigator team for ...
  • Dickison Launches Director’s Timeline Plaque

    January 18, 2019

    Dickison Launches Director's Timeline Plaque
    Dr. Sheila Dickison, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and a Women’s Studies Affiliate Faculty member proposed the creation of the new Directors Timeline of the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies ...
  • In Honor of Dr. Mildred A. Hill-Lubin

    January 18, 2019

    In Honor of Dr. Mildred A. Hill-Lubin
    By Dr. Debra Walker King, Center Affiliate and Professor of English On October 14th Dr. Mildred A. Hill-Lubin, emerita faculty member of UF’s English Department and affiliate and friend of Women’s Studies, left her legacy of “willful behavior,” audaciousness, and womanist ...
  • UF Well-Represented at NWSA Annual Conference

    January 18, 2019

    UF Well-Represented at NWSA Annual Conference
    The University of Florida and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research were well-represented at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) annual conference, Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist visions of freedom, dream making and the radical politics of ...
  • Health Disparities in Society students empower the community

    January 18, 2019

    Health Disparities in Society students empower the community
    On October 20th, 2018, the Center’s Health Disparities in Society minor students and Dr. Laura Guyer worked with the Gainesville4All Initiative called the “Gainesville Empowerment Zone” to gather input from community members about community needs and ways to promote equity. The ...

Spring 2018

  • From the Director’s Desk

    July 24, 2018

    From the Director's Desk
    Diversity and inclusion was a prominent theme across campus this year. Questions about what this theme means and how it is enacted at UF were at the heart of student protests and activism, they were a focus in the substantial ...
  • Center Faculty Receive Grants to Transform the Curriculum Through Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching

    July 23, 2018

    Center Faculty Receive Grants to Transform the Curriculum Through Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
    This spring, an impressive number of Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (CGSWSR) core and affiliate faculty members received grants to develop transformative new courses. These grants advance internationalization and interdisciplinarity, and they connect research with teaching to ...
  • Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments

    July 23, 2018

    Celebrating Milestones and Accomplishments
    Taylor Burtch (MA, 2018) graduated with her MA this spring term. In March, she defended her MA project, “From Theory to Praxis: Supporting Gender-Responsive and Intersectional Programming at PACE Center for Girls” under the mentorship of Dr. Kendal Broad-Wright. Next ...
  • Dr. Mallory Szymanski Joins the Ranks of Feminist Faculty

    July 23, 2018

    Dr. Mallory Szymanski Joins the Ranks of Feminist Faculty
    The Center congratulates Dr. Mallory Szymanski on her new position as an Assistant Professor of U.S. History in the Division of Human Studies at Alfred University in Rochester, New York. Dr. Szymanski received her B.A. in English and History from UF ...
  • Alumni Spotlight: Karina A. Vado

    July 23, 2018

    Alumni Spotlight: Karina A. Vado
    Alum’s Research Examines Race and Gender in Science and Science Fiction      Karina A. Vado graduated with the MA in Women’s Studies in 2014. She began her PhD studies as a Florida Education Fund McKnight Doctoral Follow in UF’s Department ...
  • Alumni Spotlight: Francesse Lucius

    July 23, 2018

    Alumni Spotlight: Francesse Lucius
    Francesse Lucius graduated with her BA in Women’s Studies in 2009. Currently, she is an attorney with Children’s Legal Services / Department of Children and Families. I became interested in Women’s Studies in high school when I took a class on ...
  • Preceptor Profile: Cathaerina Appadoo

    July 23, 2018

    Preceptor Profile: Cathaerina Appadoo
    Embracing the Transition from Student to Preceptor By Dr. Laura K. Guyer Cathaerina Appadoo is a first generation American; her mother was born and raised in Haiti and her father was born and raised in Guyana. She watched her mother work multiple ...
  • With An Attitude of Gratitude

    July 23, 2018

    With An Attitude of Gratitude
    Thank you to everyone whose generosity helps the Center continue to thrive, including the following donors:   Ms. Kathryn Chicone Ustler Association for AcademicWomen Mr. Gregory R. Allen Dr. Marni A. Brown & Mr. Casey A. Brown Mr. Fred Cantrell, Jr. Mrs. Janet Fant Carlson Ms. Jean Chalmers ...
  • Center Events Bring Scholars, Collaborators, and Guests to UF

    July 23, 2018

    Center Events Bring Scholars, Collaborators, and Guests to UF
    The Center’s Annual “Fall Reception” was held on September 18th. Dean Laura Rosenbury, of the UF Levin College of Law was the “Uppity Woman Award” recipient.   “Becoming Cliterate,” a book signing and Yeomans’ Chair sponsored talk by Dr. Laurie Mintz was ...
  • CGSWSR Faculty News

    July 23, 2018

    CGSWSR Faculty News
    Kendal Broad continues to teach and learn about social movements and protest. This year Dr. Broad continued writing a book manuscript about gay anti-racism, presenting portions of that work at the Black Liberation: Life, Death, And Queer Resistance, Fourth Biennial ...
  • Congratulations to Our Graduates

    July 23, 2018

    Congratulations to Our Graduates
    Congratulations to Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research’s graduates, earning Master’s Degrees, Taylor Burtch, Angelica Jazmin Carlos (expected, Summer 2018), Eva Newbold and Aishwarya Krishna Iyer. Congratulations to our certificate students Joseph F. Radice, who earned his Master’s ...