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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 GWSS friends,

As we close another calendar year and I end my term as Chair, I thank you all for your tireless work for in the struggle for peace and social justice in all of its forms.  During my latest term as chair of GWSS, we have faced many changes and challenges, such as the retirements of faculty and staff. We have grieved the losses of friends and loved ones and continually search for ways to support each other and find ways to self-care. At the same time, we have also shared many joyful moments – our 50th Anniversary celebration last Spring, awards, promotions and cheering our students as they reach new milestones. We welcomed our wonderful new staff members – Celine and Whitney – and new GWSS kids – the next generation of activist intellectuals! 

I am delighted to welcome our colleague, Dr. Sasha Welland as the incoming chair of GWSS, who will begin her term in January 2022.  The new year promises to bring more challenges that we as a collective and a community will face together under Sasha’s excellent leadership!

Wishing you a restorative and peaceful break!


Shirley J. Yee

Professor & Chair