Summer 2021 Newsletter

Dear GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies Alumni,

The end of the second semester always brings a heady mix of last-minute deadlines interspersed with quiet periods of contemplation.  This mix is especially intense this year because of COVID-19 and all of its physical, psychological, and financial effects.  While GWS students scrambled to complete final essays and faculty raced to finish their grading, they also reflected on the new possibilities and foreclosed opportunities of an academic year spent teaching and learning online.

In the midst of this reflection and activity, it is important to pause and celebrate what the GWS community has achieved during the 2020-2021 academic year. Keisha Lindsay received a UW Exceptional Service Award, Kelly Marie Ward was selected for an Early Achievement Award, Annie Menzel received a Research Service Grant Award, and Anna Campbell was selected as a Vilas Associate. We are equally proud of our recent graduates including our 30 GWS undergraduate majors, 129 GWS undergraduate certificate students, 16 undergraduate LGBTQ+ certificate students, 2 MA students, 4 PhD minors, and 1 MA certificate student. Congratulations, graduates!

Last but not least, thank you to the entire GWS community for all of your hard work and dedication during what has been and remains a challenging time. Enjoy the summer!

In solidarity,
GWS Alumni Committee

Message from the Chair

Janet HydeThis semester the faculty voted to add the word “Sexuality” to the Department’s name, so we will become the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. This change recognizes and honors the role that LGBTQ+ Studies plays in the Department. Read the full message from GWS Chair, Professor Janet S. Hyde, here.

GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies Graduation

GWS Graduates May 2018

Check out our virtual graduation page with messages from faculty and staff as well as photos and quotes from graduates. Photos and captions are also shared on the GWS Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.

Whitney Anderson Awarded Honorary Rainbow Degree

Whitney AndersonCongratulations to Whitney Anderson, Program Coordinator for Open House Learning Community and GWS Administrative Assistant. Whitney received an Honorary Rainbow Degree from the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center! Read more about Whitney’s work here.