Fall 2020 Newsletter

Dear GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies Alumni,

As we launch this new newsletter, we want to do more to celebrate all that you have done since graduation and help you connect with other alumni doing similarly great things in the world. To do this, we’re asking all alumni to fill out a survey sharing any accomplishment, milestones and other updates you would like to share with us and other alumni. Did you get a master’s degree or PhD recently? We want to know! Did you get a job or a promotion? We want to share that with the whole alumni community! Have you done something you’re really proud of in the world? Let us celebrate with you! We’ll publish these updates from alumni in upcoming newsletters and you can even let us know if you would like a more extended feature in our alumni spotlight. We know that all of you are using the knowledge and skills you gained with your graduate degree, your undergraduate major, certificate, and/or LGBTQ+ Studies certificates to make the world a more just place for women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people of color, queer people and disabled people. We are regularly inspired by the informal updates we receive from you and want to make this a more formal, permanent process for the GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies community. We look forward to reading about your lives and impact on the world after your time with us.

In solidarity,
GWS Alumni Committee

This mural painted by artist Charlotte Bizoe in support of the Black Lives Matter movement is one of many painted on shops and restaurants along State Street in early June following several nights of protests in response to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Hope Tyson

Alumni Spotlights

We love to celebrate the work of GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies alumni. See all that the community has accomplished on our Alumni Spotlight page (GWS alum Hope Tyson, class of 2012, is pictured right). Do you have news to share with folks? Fill out our quick survey. If you’d like, we will be in touch to find out how you’d like us to highlight your triumphs.

Araceli Alonso students' poster
Cassie Barwick, Hannah Redpath, and Justine Hill combined multiple images and ideas to speak on multiple themes, such as empowerment, community, and education.

UW Circle of Care Virtual Study Abroad

As a result of COVID-19, the last eight months have been challenging, strange, and often virtual. We’d like to share one example of what the virtual academic experience looks like. Last summer, GWS instructor, Dr. Araceli Alonso journeyed (virtually) with a group of students to Spain, Morocco, and Nigeria to examine the enormous challenges posed by human trafficking and migration. Students met with women who had survived multiple forms of abuse as they migrated from Nigeria to Morocco and Spain. This summer’s course was different for many reasons, but the experience resulted in new connections between students, instructors, survivors, and NGOs as the group discussed the global impact of Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd. Read more on the GWS website.