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  • GWS is hiring Teaching Assistants for fall 2023!

    The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies (GWS) is looking for graduate students interested in TAing undergraduate courses for the Fall 2023 semester. Applications for these 50% Teaching Assistant positions are open to both incoming …

  • Dr. Aurora Santiago Ortiz

    Faculty Focus – Dr. Aurora Santiago Ortiz

    Name: Aurora Santiago Ortiz Title: Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Chicane/Latine Studies Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico Educational/professional background: I have a B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of …

  • Prof Susan Stanford Friedman giving a lecture

    Remembering Susan Stanford Friedman (1943-2023)

    On Sunday, February 26, 2023, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies lost a founder, leader, advocate, colleague, and friend with the death of Susan Stanford Friedman. Professor Friedman lived an exceptional life, notable for …

  • Lachrista Greco

    Staff Spotlight – Lachrista Greco

    Pronouns: she/herHometown: Madison, WI Educational/professional background: For the past eight years, I was working for the Office of the Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian here at UW-Madison. I have a master’s degree in Women’s & Gender …

  • Orion Risk (left), Dr. Finn Enke (right)

    Creative Arts Awards Granted to Two from GWS

    Dr. Finn Enke and MA student Orion Risk have both received Awards in the Creative Arts for 2023 from the Division of the Arts. The Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts was granted to …

  • Portrait photo of Dean Dvorak standing in front of a window wearing a green and white plaid shirt.

    Dean Dvorak – GWS Alumni Spotlight

    Dean Dvorak graduated in May 2022 with majors in Gender and Women’s Studies and Molecular Biology. Dean is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison. How does GWS matter in the day-to-day …

  • Elise Fjelstad – GWS Student Spotlight

    Elise Fjelstad is a senior with majors in Sociology and Political Science with a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. Elise will graduate in summer 2023. Read Elise’s student spotlight to learn more. Why did …

  • Michael Basford, Jani Koester, Youth Action Board's Rachel Litchman, state Sen. Melissa Agard, Deputy Mayor of Madison Linda Vakunta and Arree Macon spoke at the Homelessness Awareness Month event earlier this month at the state Capitol.

    GWS Student, and Youth Action Board Member, Rachel Litchman Speaker at WI State Capitol Homelessness Event

  • Dr. Leigh Senderowicz

    Faculty Focus – Dr. Leigh Senderowicz

    Name: Leigh Senderowicz Title: Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Obstetrics and Gynecology Hometown: Very proud Philadelphian Educational/professional background: I did my undergrad at Wesleyan, where I majored in anthropology and gender studies. …

  • Finn Enke headshot

    Dr. Finn Enke Honored with UW System Award

    The UW System has awarded Professor Finn Enke (Gender & Women’s Studies, and History) the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People, which is one of two DEI awards given …

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