Posts Categorized: Highlight

Women’s Studies Faculty Affiliates Awarded LIFE Awards


February 24, 2015

On February 22, 2015, two Women's Studies faculty affiliates were awarded this year's LIFE at UCF Awards by the Center for the Success of Women Faculty. Winners included Meredith Tweed and Christine Hanlon, as well as two other members of UCF faculty. Meredith Tweed is a Women's Studies instructor and YWLP Coordinator and Christine Hanlon is a faculty member of the Nicholson School of Communication. LIFE at UCF annually provides Grants and Awards to various UCF departments, faculty, and... Read More

Santana Named AAUW Title IX Champion


December 18, 2014

Maria Santana has been recognized as a Title IX Champion by the American Association of University Women. Santana was honored for her work on behalf of women and girls in education, including her leadership of UCF’s Women’s Studies Program, her work with AAUW programs, and her community activism. The American Association of University Women's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW... Read More

Undergraduate WST Student Presents at the National Women’s Studies Association Convention


November 20, 2014

Amy Maitner, presented her work on Purple Ribbon at the NWSA convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 15, 2014. The convention was notable in the association's history with 2,6000 participants, and keynote speaker, Bell Hooks. The Purple Ribbon Program is a student-created original program that certifies university faculty and staff upon completion of a training program about the symptoms and dangers of eating disorders. Once certified, they will be aware of the resources and support... Read More

Competitive Research Incentive Seed Funding for Women’s Studies


October 30, 2014

CAH granted Women's Studies instructor, Meredith Tweed and Sociology Assistant Professor, Amanda Anthony, created a Competitive Research Incentive Seed Funding for $13,129 for their project titled “Understanding how cultural gender beliefs affect young women’s core leadership identity development.” Their research project, a partnership between the Women’s Studies Program's Young Women Leaders Program and Seminole County Public Schools, ran through the 2015 school year. Photo caption... Read More

Than you, Dr. Jahani for the Lecture about Women’s Status in Iran, Pre/Post Islamic Revolution


October 27, 2014

Visiting International scholar, Dr. Sheida Jahani spoke to Professor Tweed's "Women, Race, and Struggle" honors course on October 23rd, 2014. She spoke about the status of women in Iran, focusing on the changes that the Islamic Revolution brought for women's roles and equity. Her talk, part of a unit on womanism and spirituality, sparked questions about the role faith, spirituality, and religion can play in securing women's... Read More

Love Your Body Week promotes healthy self-image at UCF


October 17, 2014

The National Organization for Women at UCF held its annual Love Your Body Week Oct. 13 to Oct. 17 in 2014. Having recovered from six years of anorexia, NOW Vice President Christina Marriner is passionate about changing the conversation about body image. "A lot of the representations of different body types in the media aren't representative of the body types that we see around us," the senior sociology major stated. "We're trying to spread the idea that all bodies are good bodies, no... Read More

Women’s Studies Commemorates 20th Anniversary


September 4, 2014

UCF Women's Studies hosted workshops, receptions and other events in  September 2014 to commemorate its 20th anniversary on campus. "Women's Studies serves the community with academic opportunities and a mission for service," said Maria Santana, director for the past six years. The program also works toward social justice and equality with more than 2,000 hours of service learning each semester. The program started in 1994 with first director Kathryn Seidel, a professor in the English... Read More

Women’s Studies introduces their newest team member, International Scholar Dr. Sheida Jahani


August 27, 2014

On June 2014, Dr. Jahani joined the Women Studies program. Dr. Jahani finds the use of technology in evaluating the social and educational status of women, a fascinating subject. She is currently collaborating with Dr. M.C. Santana on a research project relating to women in various cultures. Her future research interests will concentrate on examining the role of the religious and political systems across cultural divides and how education and technology can make a material impact on women's... Read More