Women's Studies Students
The Women's Studies Department has developed an important presence on campus with
its curricular programming for Women's Studies students and the campus at large. Women's
Studies students have created two organizations, Feminists Unite (previously Women's
Studies Student Association) and Iota Iota Iota (Triota, Women's Studies Honor Society).
Students and faculty were also instrumental in the effort to authorize creation of
the ASI Women's Center (now the Gender Equity Center). The Center opened in Fall 2006
and four Women's Studies students were among the first paid staff.
Women's Studies student organizations have been extremely active and Women's Studies
students have garnered many campus leadership awards.
Selected examples include:
- WSSA (Women's Studies Student Association) received "Best Student Organization" award
in 2004-05 and 2007-08;
- WSSA and Triota (Women's Studies Honor Society founded in 2003-04) received an award
for "Best Collaborative Event" in 2003-04 for Sex Trafficking Week;
- WMST students (majors and minors) received 5 of 16 ASI student leadership awards in
2003-04 and 13 significant awards on campus in 2004-05, including 7 of 17 student
leadership awards from ASI.
- Between 2003-04 and 2007-08 Women's Studies students won three of the five ASI Cougar
Wall of Fame Awards (and others were nominated);
- Five Women's Studies majors won the first annual Michael Moore Freedom of Speech Scholarships
for the Academic Freedom Forum in September 2004;
- Women's Studies majors have been commencement speakers, including for Spring 2009
- Since its inception in 2006, many Women's Studies students and faculty have been nominated
to the All People's Recognition Ceremony, Multicultural Programs in Student Life and
- Beatriz Barron, double major in WMST and Psychology, earned the ASI Outstanding Sophomore
Award, spring 2006
- Herminia Ramirez , double major WMST and SOC, recipient of the Jonathan Poullard Social
Justice Award in 2009. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Dean of Students Leadership
Award and was selected by President Haynes for the 2010 Outstanding Graduating Senior
- Jennifer Meneray, double major WMST and LTWR, received the Jonathan Poullard All
People’s Award for outstanding student activist in 2011-2012. Previously, ASI Outstanding
Junior Award, 2011.
- Megan Carlier, Cougar Wall of Fame, 2012