Posts Categorized: News

JUST KNIGHTS helps students in cases of bias

March 30, 2016

The purpose of the Just Knights Response Team (JKRT) is to act as a clearinghouse for any bias-related incidents that may occur on UCF campuses. In this role, the JKRT will receive, monitor, refer, and, as necessary, coordinate university resources to these incidents that impact the university community. The team, made up of UCF faculty, staff, and students, provides a safe space for students, who are witnesses to or targets of bias, to communicate experiences, to ensure comprehensive... Read More

International Study Abroad Initiative

March 28, 2016

Dr. Fernando Rivera, Sociology and Dr. M. C. Santana, WGST were recipients of UCF's 2016 International Affairs and Global Strategies In-House Faculty Study Abroad Grant.  Their proposal "Global Family Trends & the Place of Women in the Family"explores the diversity of the world’s families by analyzing different family structures, processes, and historical, social and environmental contexts in Dominican Republic. The course scope is designed to increase awareness and appreciation to the... Read More

Order of Pegasus Winner

February 16, 2016

Amy Maitner is a 2016 Order of Pegasus Award winner. As a member of the College of Sciences, Maitner is majoring in advertising and public relations, with a minor in women’s and gender studies. As part of the LEAD Scholars program, Maitner created the Purple Ribbon Program, an eating-disorder certification course for faculty and students. She is president of an eating-disorders awareness organization, Project HEAL, and runs biweekly support groups. Maitner is a member of Phi Alpha Delta... Read More

Keeping Latinas Safe

February 16, 2016

The 2015 report from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center discusses key findings on sexual victimization and health among Latinas. The report shows how "Family members were the perpetrators of rape and/or sexual coercion against victims 12 and younger 100% of the time". The study’s focus was specifically on rape and sexual coercion experiences. For more information about popular education as a sexual violence prevention strategy, visit PreventConnect, or read the full report... Read More

Carnegie-Whitney Grant

February 8, 2016

Anne Bubriski-McKenzie was the recipient of a Carnegie-Whitney Grant together with other UCF researchers, including Dr. Kristine J. Shrauger and Dr. Yolanda Hood from UCF's John Hitt Library, and Dr. Liz Grauerholz from the Sociology Department. The grant proposal titled "DIVerse Families: Growth in Family Diversity A Comprehensive Bibliography PK-12" will allow the researchers a chance to create a comprehensive bibliography and website that exemplifies the growing diversity of... Read More

Preston-Sidler Wins CAH Outstanding Dissertation Award

February 4, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Leandra Preston-Sidler for winning the College of Arts and Humanities 2015-2016 Award for Outstanding Dissertation for her Texts and Technology work Watch Me Disappear: Gendered Bodies, Pro-Anorexia, and Self-Injury, advised by Dr. Melody Bowdon. This award recognizes excellence among the dissertation, focusing on the quality and significance of the completed work. Dr. Preston-Sidler is also nominated for the university-level Award for Outstanding Dissertation granted by... Read More

WGST Director Invites Students to Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 7, 2016

Maria Santana invites UCF students to the 8th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Santana is part of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force, which is a citizens coalition made up of volunteer professionals who are passionate about combating human trafficking. Their mission is to defend, rescue, restore and empower victims of human trafficking in Central Florida. This free event is the largest anti-human... Read More

Welcome Newest WGST Faculty Member: Anne Bubriski-McKenzie

December 1, 2015

The department of WGST welcomes Dr. Anne Bubriski-McKenzie to join us in Spring 2016 as a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Coordinator for the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP). Anne Bubriski-McKenzie received her M.A. in Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University and her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Central Florida. Her teachings and research focus on social inequalities, intersectional feminism, and family. She has published works on the scholarship of... Read More


WGST Student Wins Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

November 18, 2015

Women’s and Gender Studies is happy to announce that Daniela Muiño, a junior student minoring in the program, was selected to receive the prestigious $5,000 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship. Muiño is from Miami, Florida and plans to graduate in 2018. She is very proud of her Latino roots and what it means to receive this recognition. Currently, Muiño is a facilitator with the Young Women Leaders Program and a member of MSC Pride Coalition’s Committee for AY 2014-2015. “It feels... Read More

WGST Alumna Named one of Central Florida 100 by Orlando Sentinel

November 2, 2015

Women's and Gender Studies Aluma Anna V. Eskamani, Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, is part of the 100 of Central Florida's most influential people in government, politics and culture by the Orlando Sentinel. Anna V. Eskamani is not afraid of change — she leads it. Eskamani manages the nonprofit’s public affairs and communications work through its counties, as well as being an Orlando native, UCF grad, and... Read More