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Welcome From the Director


Greetings and welcome!

As this school year begins, there’s a bit of a spring in our step here in the Women’s and Gender Studies program, a carryover from the spring 2014 semester, which ended on a high note, with a number of awards and recognitions of the work that we are doing.  WAGS major Andrea Anderson was the recipient of the Provost’s Outstanding First-Year Student Award; she was nominated by Dr. Geneva Murray based on her work in Dr. Murray’s Quest I Intro to WG STDS class last fall.  Dr. Susan Rensing was the recipient of the University Studies Program Teaching Community Award; she was nominated by several of the students in her Quest I Intro to WG STDS class.  The program as a whole received the Outstanding Department Award from the LGBTQ+ community of UW Oshkosh in recognition of “outstanding leadership and dedication to the LGBTQ+ community and promotion of inclusivity and diversity awareness at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.”  And I was the proud recipient of the spring 2014 UW Oshkosh Faculty Advisor Award, nominated by graduating WAGS major and LGBTQ Studies certificate student MaryKathyrine Tran.  These awards serve as an affirmation that the work we are doing inside and outside the classroom is valued and appreciated by our colleagues and students.  We are honored to receive them and grateful for the recognition. 

Women’s and Gender Studies continues to be very involved in the new University Studies Program; we are once again offering multiple Quest I sections of our Intro to WAGS course this fall, and will be debuting three different Quest III courses in the spring, taught by myself, Dr. Geneva Murray, and Dr. Jordan Landry.  All will fulfill the Intercultural Knowledge signature question and will incorporate a 14-20 hour community experience component.   

Looking ahead to a new school year, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 24th, from 4-5 p.m., when we’ll gather in Sage 3206 for a back-to-school meet and greet for students and faculty.  Please join us for refreshments and conversation, as well as information about spring 2015 classes and internships. 

Interest in the LGBTQ Studies certificate program continues to grow; since it was launched a year ago, two students have already completed the certificate, and another dozen are pursuing it.  For more information, check out our web page and/or contact Dr. Liz Cannon.  Dr. Amney Harper’s Trans and Genderqueer Lives course, scheduled for the January interim session, is already filled to capacity, but the Intro to LGBTQ Studies course will be offered during the Spring 2015 semester; if you’re interested, be sure to register early, as seats will fill quickly.

I look forward to a busy and productive school year.  Please don’t hesitate to stop by our offices in Sage Hall, or give us a call or send a message if you have questions or need additional information about the program or our courses. 

Dr. Launius



Feminist Theory

Students in our Feminist Theory class, Fall 2011

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