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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 graduation;
  • 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 Leadership.
  • 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 Award
  • 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

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"I loved women’s Studies.  It made me realize how women are treated in this world and hence, it pushed me to strive as a positive force in society." - Women's Studies Graduate