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Department News - Letter from the Chair

GWSS Dept Chair Shirley J. Yee
GWSS Dept Chair Shirley J. Yee, Ph.D.

Dear Friends of GWSS,

Happy 2020! As we head into the new year & decade, I take this opportunity to both reflect back on another busy and productive year and to look forward with you to the new year ahead.  In 2020, GWSS will be making final plans for the department’s 50th Anniversary celebration on April 9, 2021.  Please save the date!

Our Graduate Program continues to thrive, as we celebrated the 20th year of the PhD program in GWSS.  Our graduate program has continued to attract amazing applicants. This year, we received 83 applications to our graduate program, our highest number of grad applicants in the history of the program. We are also delighted to have admitted Nastasia Paul Gera and Bobbi Kindred to the GWSS graduate program.  

GWSS graduate students continue to work on projects that push feminist praxis in areas that people care deeply about - violence, migration, citizenship, labor, and the environment, to name a few. We continue to do this work through an intersectional lens to end systemic injustice and inequalities in daily life.  Our students are also developing into amazing teachers in many of our undergraduate courses. In the spirit of GWSS’s continued commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, we look forward to establishing a scholarship for GWSS graduate students who are the first in their families to attend graduate school.  This “First Generation GWSS Scholarship” (yet to be formally named) will strengthen existing donations to support graduate education in GWSS, but it will also be unique – our hope is that it will one day fund a full quarter’s worth of support.  Stay tuned for invitations to attend grad student salons and other events that will feature the excellent, socially relevant work our students are doing!  Please check our web site for the many opportunities to help support GWSS students!

GWSS faculty received accolades for their scholarship and teaching.  Last Spring, Professor Amanda Swarr received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.  In October, Amanda led an engaging discussion about her teaching for a small group of faculty, alumni and friends of GWSS at Mamma Melina’s Restaurant.  The event was a rousing success. We look forward to organizing more events that feature our faculty!  Professor Kemi Adeyemi was selected for a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. 

Several of our faculty retired this year. We are grateful to Angela Ginorio, Nancy Kenney, and Luana Ross after long and distinguished careers and years of dedicated service to GWSS and beyond.  Rest assured, though, we will be consulting these elders for their wisdom and advice!

2020 promises to be a busy year.  In April, we will bring Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble as our Stice Lecturer.  Dr. Noble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. GWSS students and staff will be preparing for our annual departmental graduation in June. We look forward to seeing you at these events!

With my very best wishes,

Shirley J. Yee

Professor & Chair