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Women’s and Gender Studies Program Ranked in Top 12 Best Colleges for Queer Women

September 2, 2015

In August of 2015, UCF's Women's and Gender Studies Program was ranked as one of the Top 12 Best Colleges for Queer Women by SheWired. SheWired, an online magazine focusing on queer women culture wrote, "The Women and Gender Studies program at UCF is one of the best in the nation. Every other year, the school hosts an International Women’s Issues Conference. There is also a Center for Success of Women Faculty, which promotes the advancement of the women who teach at UCF." To read more... Read More

Fifth Annual Women’s Suffrage March

August 26, 2015

On August 26, the Women's and Gender Studies program along with the College Democrats, the National Organization for Women and the Voices of Planned Parenthood, met to commemorate the 19th Amendment and the right of women to vote. Two dozen students joined the march from Milican Hall to the Student Union and back. This year's march was preceded by speakers Anna V. Eskamani, Southeast and Central Florida Planned Parenthood, Senator Geraldine Thompson, District 7 and Dr. M. C. Santana, director... Read More

Eskamani Day of Service Learning a Success

June 11, 2015

The inaugural Anna V. Eskamani Day of Service Learning on May 20 in Bithlo was a resounding success. In conjuction with the nonprofit United Global Outreach, the Women's Studies program worked to provide over 150 Bithlo residents with a free community meal. They were joined in service by Bailey Callahan Music, the Girl Scouts and the Women's Studies Advisory Board Members. The Women's Studies program at UCF leads in service learning. Each of their students participate in service learning... Read More

Milanés Recognized for Anthology Contribution

April 30, 2015

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is part of a group that has been recognized at the International Latino Book Awards. Milanés' contributions to the anthology, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, were acknowledged in the Most Inspirational Nonfiction Books in English category. Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. The International Latino Book Awards are the largest Latino cultural awards in the... Read More

Santana Presents Keynote for the American Association of University Women

April 13, 2015

On April 11, 2015, M.C. Santana was the keynote speaker for the American Association of University Women in Flager County. Her speech, "The Half-Truth About Gender Pay Gap", given on Tuesday, April 14th, marked the day white women in this country make the same amount of money for 2014 as white males. "We stand today in the shoulders of brave women- some were poor, others did not read or write- but all of them worked hard. Let’s honor them with the respect of earning the same salary as a... Read More

Women’s Studies Student Selected to the President’s Leadership Council

March 25, 2015

Amy Maitner has been selected for the UCF's President's Leadership Council. Maitner is one of 35 students selected for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service to the university and the Orlando community. The President’s Leadership Council was established during the 1977-1978 academic year to recognize students who exemplify well-rounded excellence through leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and service to the university and community. The council... Read More

Santana Presents Keynote in India

March 9, 2015

This past November, M.C. Santana was granted the opportunity to present the keynote address at the Media Youth and Values conference at the Holy Cross College in Tiruchirappalli, India. During her presentation, Creating the Whole Individual, Dr. M.C. Santana discussed the importance of allowing young people to lead and create content that speaks to them, while simultaneously understanding the great implications of a message seen and heard by millions at a time. Dr. M.C. Santana also... Read More

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