Posts Categorized: News

emPower through Play

July 13, 2021

Dr. Emily Johnson (PI) and Dr. Anne Bubriski (Co-PI) were awarded a $27,169 UCF Seed Grant for the project, "emPower through Play: Participatory Design of Games for Diversity in Leadership" Project Abstract: Women and girls are systemically blocked from leadership roles in many employment sectors. In order to succeed individually and to create systemic change, people need access to concrete models, experiences, and strategies to develop effective leadership abilities. This pilot study... Read More


Wells Fargo Community Grant

November 15, 2018

Dr. Bubriski-McKenzie receives a $5000 Community Grant from Wells Fargo - Orlando for the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP). This grant provides the necessary resources to effectively run YWLP for one year. In addition to needed supplies, food and programming materials, the Wells Fargo Community Grant also allows for additional workshops in STEM with MadScience, financial literacy with Wells Fargo, and career exploration with local women... Read More


ACE Women’s Network at UCF

April 16, 2018

The prestigious ACE Women's Network arrived at UCF this spring for a line up of workshops and events for women in higher education starting this fall 2018. The network's state Chair is Dr. Lisa Guion Jones, Associate Provost for Strategy, Special Assistant to the President, & Professor.  An ACE's fellow herself, Dr. Jones appointed Dr. M. C. Santana, our WGST Director as UCF's Institutional Representative for ACE Women's Network. Dr. Santana is working closely with other women leaders... Read More

Race and Pregnancy Lecture by Dr. Dána Ain Davis

April 5, 2018

The Women's and Gender Studies program is proud to co-sponsor the visit of Dr. Dána Ain Davis to campus. Dr. Davis will conduct a lecture on her research on reproductive justice and black women. We encourage our students, faculty affiliates and junior affiliates to attend the lecture "Pregnancy, NICUs, and the Afterlife of Slavery" on Tuesday, April 10, 4:30... Read More

Dr. Josephine Kulea to Give Keynote Address on Feb. 16

February 8, 2018

Dr. Josephine Kulea from the Samburu Girls Foundation will give the keynote address at the 2018 International Women's Issues Conference, held Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at the UCF Student Union. The talk will be held on Friday, February 16 at 1:15 in the Key West Ballroom (218AB) in the UCF Student Union. All presentations at the IWIC conference are free and open to the public. (View the full 2018 IWIC Program Booklet here.) Dr. Kulea, HSC is the Founder and... Read More

YWLP 10th Anniversary Gala

December 21, 2017

Dr. M. C. Santana welcomed Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Chair of the School Board among other guests to the 10th Anniversary Gala for the Young Women's Leaders Program (YWLP). The event took place on October 26, 2017 at the Live Oak Center at UCF. More than 70 former Big Sisters and Little Sisters, together with the counselors of  Tuskawilla Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle School, South Seminole Middle School and Jackson Heights Middle School and... Read More

Open Heart/Open Mic Events

December 21, 2017

Starting on fall 2016 the Women's and Gender Studies program together with the then librarian Carrie Moran from the John C. Hitt Library  inaugurated a monthly open mic event over lunch time to celebrate our UCF community of students, faculty and staff. The events are free and open to the public. Poets, singers, friends and audience share poetry, spoken word, announce events, sing, share memories and play their favorite instruments hoping to create a safe space for expression in campus. Here... Read More

Students win social justice award at UCF Service-Learning Showcase

December 1, 2017

Students in the WST 3522: First and Second Wave Feminism course led by Dr. M.C. Santana won a Social Justice Special Recognition Award at the UCF Service-Learning Showcase. Their project included documenting items from the Judith and Warren Kaplan Collection in the UCF Library. The team “Santana’s Chickens” include students Olivia Zokan, Mary Crivelli, Juliana Snowden, and Sarah Kwilecki. “The class that has allowed me to participate in service-learning at UCF has... Read More

Preston-Sidler and Bubriski-McKenzie speak at AAUW

October 18, 2017

Dr. Leandra Preston-Sidler was invited by the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) New Smyrna branch to speak on October about Gender and Community Activism at their membership meeting. The audience included approximately thirty active AAUW members involved in their own community work, particularly raising money for scholarships to support girls pursuing STEM education and careers. Dr. Preston-Sidler spoke about her life of activism, particularly the organization she founded,... Read More

Movie KNIGHT with Dr. Santana

September 22, 2017

Dr. M. C. Santana, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies will introduce the film Wonder Women, a Warner Brothers Film at Movie Knight on October 10, 2017 (7:30 PM) at the CFE Arena. Movie Knight is a perfect break from the semester during Homecoming Week. This event is meant not only to engage the community, but also provide a memorable experience for UCF knights. Doors open at 7:00... Read More