Posts Categorized: News

Stanford Rape Outrage (and we should be outraged)

June 13, 2016

I was planning to post a commentary on the Stanford rapist yesterday, but the Orlando tragedy detracted my heart a touch (being an Orlando native and friend/ally of the GLBTQ* community and so many individuals who identity as such). However, this is still just as pressing so I do not want to let this fall off the radar, even while we necessarily shift our rage. It is important for our university and, particularly, the UCF Women’s and Gender Studies program at UCF to acknowledge the... Read More

Day Five–Anna Eskamani Week of Action

May 20, 2016

“Find What You Love and Just Do It”: Anna V. Eskamani Interview by Morgan Toscano and Leandra Preston-Sidler Anna Eskamani’s first involvement in activism occurred when she was in fifth grade and tried to petition moving one of her friends to another classroom. Since then, the experience of organizing and building a movement of power has stuck with her. Anna has been involved with numerous organizations and programs that opened her eyes to the injustices of our society. It... Read More

Day Four–Anna Eskamani Week of Action: Miss Heard Magazine

May 19, 2016 In 2013, University of Central Florida graduate and Young Women Leaders Program alumnus Lindsey Turnbull created an online space for teenage girls to connect with each other. Miss Heard is designed specifically for girls ages 12-17 to interact, connect, empower, and foster a dynamic girl-positive community. Their “About” link states their mission best: “Formed in 2013, MissHeard Media is a space for teen girls to share their stories, make connections... Read More


Day Three–Anna Eskamani Week of Action: Bedsider

May 18, 2016

Bedsider: Free Network for Birth Control is an essential resource providing folks with the many, varied contraception options available. The site provides in-depth information regarding nearly everything one needs to know about the range of birth control options. Bedsider features a comprehensive chart that compares different birth control options so viewers can find their best fit. Their chart demonstrates the pros and cons of each method, including cost, effectiveness,... Read More

Day Two–Anna Eskamani Week of Action: Scarleteen

May 17, 2016

Scarleteen was founded in 1998 to provide teenagers and young adults with valuable sex education information. The website prides itself on being an extremely diverse and inclusive online community which welcomes everyone regardless of sexuality, identity, ethnicity, or religion. Scarleteen houses thousands of pages of information regarding nearly every aspect of sexual information including material about gender, sex, sexuality, pregnancy and parenting information, abuse and assault,... Read More

Day One–Anna Eskamani Week of Action: Planned Parenthood

May 16, 2016

This week, WGST will feature resources related to Teen Pregnancy Awareness and Education in honor of Anna Eskamani Day of Service. We are hosting a weeklong virtual event so stay tuned for more! A nationwide organization providing important reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people, as well as safe, reliable medical care to local communities. Planned Parenthood offers preventive healthcare to prevent unplanned pregnancies through different forms of... Read More

STEM grant for YWLP

May 12, 2016

WGST's mentoring program for girls, Young Women Studies Program (YWLP) has been awarded a $7,000 Community Action Grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to integrate a STEM sub-program titled SLAM (Science Leadership and Mentoring). SLAM will focus on STEM leadership, education, and careers. Big Sisters will expose, encourage and excite their Little Sisters towards STEM education and careers through their mentoring, interactive activities, workshops, and weekend events... Read More


Santana inducted to the Sigma Delta Pi Honors Society

May 2, 2016

On Friday, April 29  Dr. Santana was inducted as an Honorary Member to the Hispanic National Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Together with other four students, Santana received the traditional red carnation and red candle symbolizing the passion for the Spanish Language, Culture and Literature. The event also included presentations from other Sigma Delta Pi members and faculty of the Modern Languages and Literatures, Dr. Martha Garcia, Dr. Alvaro Villegas and Dr. Francisco Fernández y Rubiera.... Read More

WGST Students win Service Learning Showcase

April 19, 2016

We are happy to announce that two of our WGST students won online Service Learning Awards at the 2016 Service Learning Showcase. We are proud of their efforts helping others and learning the theory behind it. 1. Engaging Community Online Award (not a monetary award) The award recognizes a service-learning project that occurred in an online course and was successful in both aligning project with course curriculum and enhancing service needs with community partner(s).  to Joanne D.... Read More

WGST to join the Peace and Justice Institute

April 12, 2016

Dr. M. C. Santana, Director, is happy to announce that all WST courses starting summer 2016 will incorporate the Principles on How We Treat Each Other from the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College. Under the slogan "All People, All Voices, All Matter" the principles speak of listening deeply, speaking your truth, giving value and respecting silence among others. We hope our students will benefit from practicing the principles and cherish peace and justice in their... Read More