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2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

May 9, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce the following NINE scholarship recipients for 2017-18 at Cal Poly:
 

SUSAN CURRIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Jeanne Bay (Major: English; Minor: Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology minor)

The Susan Currier Memorial Scholarship is an award going to a student in the College of Liberal Arts. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and financial need. Preference will be given to students who have a disadvantaged background and/or who have overcome significant adversity and/or who make a valuable, current contribution to community service.

VICKI AND DARELL FARRER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Sara Della Ripa (Major: Biomedical Engineering)
 

The Vicki and Darell Farrer Scholarship is an award going to a College of Engineering major OR Chemistry, Physics or Statistics major in the College of Science and Mathematics who has demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially. The student should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall.

SARAH PERRYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Isabella Kamrath (Major: Statistics; Minor: Actuarial Preparation)

The Sarah Perryman Memorial Scholarship is an award to an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics. The recipient must have a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and must have demonstrated a valuable, current contribution to community service, especially women’s equity. Preference may be given to an applicant who is first-generation college-educated and/or has a disadvantaged background.

DR. SHIRLEY H. WALKER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Kiana Kraft (Major: Art & Design; Minor: Psychology)

The Shirley H. Walker Scholarship is an award going to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA that has demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially.

RALPH R. WILMAR WOMEN'S EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

Lul Kidane (Major: Civil Engineering)

Diana Lau (Major: Biomedical Engineering)

Jennifer Reimer (Major: Psychology)

Hannah Simons (Major: Physics)

Nicole Matenaer (Major: Business Administration; Minor: Statistics)

The Wilmar Scholarship is an award given to a Cal Poly student who has a strong interest and/or active participation in promoting or enhancing women’s educational opportunities. It is recommended that the student have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

Thank you to everyone who applied & Congratulations 2017-18 Women's & Gender Studies Scholarship Recipients!!!
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WGS Chair, Dr. Lehr representing Women in Technology

Feb 23, 2017


Dr. Lehr, our very own Chair of Women's & Gender Studies, is a keynote speaker at the Women in Technology  Dinner on February 22, 2017. This event is sponsored by Softec and MINDBODY.

Keynote speakers will lead a discussion on how to attract and retain talent. 

Dr. Jane L. Lehr is Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts Program and Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also Faculty Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation (LSAMP) in STEM Program. She previously served as elected co-chair of the Science & Technology Taskforce of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at King’s College, University of London. Her graduate training is in Science & Technology Stu dies and Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech and her teaching and research focus on the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology, and education.

For more event information: http://softec.org/events/women-technology-dinner-2017/

2017-18 Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 15, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce the following NINE scholarship opportunities for students at Cal Poly:

SUSAN CURRIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: $1050

The Susan Currier Memorial Scholarship is an award going to a student in the College of Liberal Arts. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and financial need.  Preference will be given to students who have a disadvantaged background and/or who have overcome significant adversity and/or who make a valuable, current contribution to community service. 

VICKI AND DARELL FARRER SCHOLARSHIP: $1050

The Vicki and Darell Farrer Scholarship is an award going to a College of Engineering major OR Chemistry,      Physics or Statistics major in the College of Science and Mathematics who has demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially. The student should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall. 

SARAH PERRYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP $1050

The Sarah Perryman Memorial Scholarship is an award to an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics. The recipient must have a minimum 3.2 GPA overall  and must have demonstrated a valuable, current contribution to community service, especially women’s equity. Preference may be given to an applicant who is first-generation college-educated and/or has a disadvantaged background. 

DR. SHIRLEY H. WALKER SCHOLARSHIP: $550

The Shirley H. Walker Scholarship is an award going to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA that has demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially. 

RALPH R. WILMAR WOMEN'S EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP: $2,000 [5 available]

The Wilmar Scholarship is an award given to a Cal Poly student who has a strong interest and/or active participation in promoting or enhancing women’s educational opportunities. It is recommended that the student have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 


 

Things to note:

  • 5 scholarships available for Ralph R. Wilmar Scholarship. 
  • Amounts listed is amount per scholarship winner.
  • Graduate students are also eligible for all scholarships (except the Perryman). 
  • Please make sure that the student you are nominating will be attending Cal Poly full-time in Fall 2017.
  • Scholarship money is disbursed equally each quarter of full-time enrollment for the award year (2017-2018) or, with appropriate justification and funding available, scholarship money may be disbursed in its entirety at the beginning of the school year (Fall 2017).

 


STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ASK FACULTY AND STAFF FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.

 

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit ALL of following materials, altogether, prior to the deadline, April 14, 2017 at 5PM.

All scholarship applications must include:

  • Student resume
    • Please Note: There is no minimum or maximum length. The resume should be as short/long as appropriate to convey eligibility/merit. 
  • Student letter describing their eligibility for the scholarship(s)
    • Please Note: There is no minimum or maximum length. The letter should be as short/long as appropriate to convey eligibility/merit. 
  • Letter of recommendation from a Cal Poly faculty or staff member
    • Please Note: There is no minimum or maximum length. The letter should be as short/long as appropriate to convey eligibility/merit. 

To be considered, all 3 materials must be received by the WGS Department prior to the April 14, 2017 deadline. Missing and/or incomplete materials will not be considered. 

Materials may be emailed to wgs@calpoly.edu and/or kweldon@calpoly.edu, or mailed to Women's & Gender Studies Dept., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0875. Materials can also be turned into the Women's & Gender Studies Department office, 47-25H. 

 

Deadline for nominations: Friday, April 14, 2017 by 5PM.

 

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact the WGS Department at wgs@calpoly.edu, Kayley Weldon at kweldon@calpoly.edu or at (805) 756-1525.

 

 

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Unpacking Issues of Gender & Diversity in the Workforce

Jan 18, 2017


Cal Poly Women's and Gender Studies Department Chair, Dr. Jane Lehr to give a talk at the second annual Cal Poly Women's Business Leadership Academy. The talk is entitled Women in the Workforce: Unpacking Issues of Gender and Diversity in the Workforce.

Founded in Spring 2015, the Cal Poly Women in Business Association was created to act as a resource and community for young women, working to provide students with the skills and network needed to succeed in college and life. This is the second annual Women's Business Leadership Academy sponsored by the Cal Poly Women in Business Association.

For more information: http://cpwomeninbusiness.com/

National Women's Studies Association releases a statement in response to the US Presidential Election

Dec 12, 2016


Please see statement below from the National Women's Studies Association:

Learn more about NWSA: http://www.nwsa.org/


November 28, 2016

The National Women’s Studies Association Statement on Combatting the Climate of Fear, Division and Xenophobia in the Wake of the U.S. Presidential Election
 
The National Women’s Studies Association met in Montréal, Canada in the immediate wake of the November 8, 2016 U.S. presidential election, and many of us were shaken by the results. As transnational, indigenous, intersectional and anti-racist feminist scholars, and practitioners, and scholars of conscience, we feel compelled to speak out about the implications of this political moment for the work we do and the communities of which we are a part. Throughout this election season, and in the weeks since November 8th, women and girls, LGBTQIA people, poor and working people, Muslims and Arab-Americans, Jews, Black people, indigenous people, Mexicans, Latinx, immigrant communities, and people with disabilities have been threatened and maligned. Racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ablest, transphobic and misogynist views have been rampant in the public sphere, sparking instances of harassment, intimidation, and assault. Women have been insulted and mocked, sexual assault has been trivialized, and Black communities have been disparaged and maligned. Millions of undocumented residents fear unjust deportations. And climate change denial places the future of the entire planet at risk.
 
We recognize that none of us are entirely safe. Intellectuals and teachers have been, and continue to be, the victims of authoritarian regimes around the world and over time. Although critical thinking and transgressive pedagogy are often perceived as dangerous to certain political agendas, NWSA embraces these features of our work and calls on members to use our collective energies to push back against the climate of fear, xenophobia and anti-intellectualism that have become so prevalent. We must do what we do best which is to provide alternative ways of thinking, expose myths and lies through our research and writing, engage a broader public, and insist upon critical and dissident inquiry that interrogate unsubstantiated claims, and build bridges of unity and understanding. In our ongoing efforts to democratize and decolonize colleges, universities and academic scholarship, we must teach to the urgency of the moment, and in doing so reach out beyond our campuses and beyond national borders.
 
We encourage our NWSA members to stand with, defend and provide sanctuary for our students and colleagues who are most vulnerable. In these challenging times we must embrace and reclaim the activist roots that carved out a place for women’s and gender studies and other interdisciplinary, critical areas of study within the Academy over forty years ago. In addition to recognizing the continued importance of the rigorous and clarifying scholarship that has been the hallmark of NWSA members, we also encourage members to organize teach-ins and vigils, and to explore ever more creative forms of learning, sharing, and mobilizing. Speak out loudly and consistently through letters, petitions and collective statements. We cannot accept the skewed argument that it is not our place, or it is somehow unprofessional, to speak out. On the contrary, speak out we must. It is our ethical obligation to do so. And in doing so we are inspired and empowered by our collective effort.
 
NWSA has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world. Through scholarship, pedagogy and praxis our members actively pursue knowledge to promote a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential—one free from ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others. It is with this mission in mind that we call upon our NWSA membership to be vocal, to be courageous, to be bold, to be visible and to be engaged with each other and with a larger public in this critical time. Despite our trepidations about the future, we are bolstered by the creative, generative, humane and principled stances and actions many have already taken. We stand with and remain supportive of our members in the work that lies ahead.
 

National Women's Studies Association · 11 E Mount Royal Suite 100 · Baltimore, MD 21202 · USA 

 

Sandi Clement finds the pathway to Diabetes may be one we overlook...

Dec 12, 2016


There is quite a bit of research over the past three decades which suggests that under conditions of chronic stress, there are certain physiologic changes that occur in the body that might make one more vulnerable to disease.

Cal Poly Women's & Gender Studies and Biological Sciences professor, Sandi Clement will be collaborating with Tseng and Fang on their research to analyze, through epigenetics, how exactly stress “gets into the body;” and affects pathways to diseases such as Diabetes.

To read more, please see the article on Mustang News: http://mustangnews.net/professor-suggests-the-pathway-to-diabetes-is-one-we-may-overlook/

 

Elizabeth Adan recognized as an outstanding Mustang Mentor

Dec 6, 2016


On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Cal Poly vs. St Mary's Women's Basketball game, our Women's & Gender Studies faculty, Elizabeth Adan, was recognized for her contributions as an outstanding Mustang Mentor. Thank you for all that you do and congratulations Dr. Adan!

2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

Jul 11, 2016


The Women's & Gender Studies Department is thrilled to announce the following scholarship recipients for the 2016-17 academic year: 

SUSAN CURRIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: 

The Susan Currier Memorial Scholarship is an award going to a student in the College of Liberal Arts, who is nominated by Cal Poly faculty or staff. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and financial need. Preference will be given to students who have a disadvantaged background and who have overcome significant adversity and/or who make a valuable, current contribution to community service.

2016-17 Recipient: Angie Pereida (Psychology Major, Women's & Gender Studies Minor)
 

VICKI AND DARELL FARRER SCHOLARSHIP:

The Vicki and Darell Farrer Scholarship is an award going to a College of Engineering major OR Chemistry, Physics or Statistics major in the College of Science and Mathematics who has demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially. The student must be nominated by Cal Poly faculty or staff and should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall.

2016-17 Recipient: Youlen Ghazalian (Industrial Engineering Major)
 

SARAH PERRYMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:

The Sarah Perryman Memorial Scholarship is an award to an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics (College of Science and Mathematics). The recipient must have a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and be nominated by Cal Poly faculty. Nominees must have demonstrated a valuable, current contribution to community service, especially women’s equity. Preference may be given to an applicant who is first-generation college-educated or has a disadvantaged background.

2016-17 Recipient: Rachael Sise (Biological Sciences Major, Women's & Gender Studies Minor)
 

DR. SHIRLEY H. WALKER SCHOLARSHIP: 

The Shirley H. Walker Scholarship is an award going to a student identified by Cal Poly faculty or staff as having demonstrated a commitment to women’s equality issues through serving as a leader in organizations that have the primary purpose of promoting women’s rights politically, economically and socially. The student should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall.

2016-17 Recipient: Jennifer MacMartin (Sociology Major, Women's & Gender Studies Minor)
 

RALPH R. WILMAR WOMEN’S EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP: 

The Wilmar Scholarship is an award given to a Cal Poly student who has been nominated by faculty or staff and who has a strong interest and/or active participation in promoting or enhancing women’s educational opportunities. It is recommended that the student have at least a 3.0 GPA.

2016-17 Recipient(s):

Diana Hernandez (History Major, Latin American Studies Minor and Child Development Minor)

Rebecca Krieger (Software Engineering Major)

​Carla Simental (Architectural Engineering Major)

​Margaret Jenkins (Biological Sciences Graduate Student)

 

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Sprinkle Vol. 9 Published

Feb 22, 2016


Sprinkle, a peer-reviewed undergraduate Feminist and Queer Studies journal originally conceived in 2007 as a collection of student works from the McGill Sexual Diversity Studies course, seeks academic submissions for the Spring 2016 edition. Papers should be no more than 3000 words in length, in APA format, and show critical engagement with issues of gender and sexuality from all disciplines. We encourage submissions to explore the intersection of gender and sexuality with other social identities (race, class, dis/ability, etc.), however this is not required. We may also consider a small number of creative submissions (i.e. poetry, short stories, etc.).

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