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2015-16 Scholarships

May 19, 2015


The Women's & Gender Studies Department is thrilled to announce the following scholarship recipients for the 2015-16 academic year:

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Cal Poly to Celebrate Feminist and Queer Studies Journal Launch May 29

May 19, 2015


Cal Poly will host a celebration for the release of the 2015 issue of Sprinkle: An Undergraduate Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo.

Interdisciplinary Research on Recruiting Women to Engineering Wins National Award

May 15, 2015


Cal Poly faculty members Jane Lehr and Helene Finger and ethnic studies alumna Beverley Kwang were recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education for their research into increasing the number of college women who enroll in engineering disciplines.

The paper, titled, “When, Why, How, Who – Lessons from First-Year Female Engineering Students at Cal Poly for Efforts to Increase Recruitment,” won the Best Zone Paper from the national organization.

The paper is the result of an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration between Cal Poly’s Women’s Engineering Program and the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. The team sought to discover why women’s participation in engineering is severely disproportionate to that of males. 

Women's & Gender Studies Establishes New Honor Society

May 15, 2015


Women’s and Gender Studies formed a new honor society: Iota, Iota, Iota (Triota).  Membership is open to majors, minors, and any student who has shown interest in WGS by:

  • Completing 8 units of WGS courses
  • Completing 20 hours of service, work or training/education related to WGS
  • Pursuing/planning to pursue research via senior project or master’s project promoting understanding of genders and sexualities
  • All members must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Apr 1, 2015


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

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Demonstrators Express Solidarity for Sexual Assault Survivors

Nov 8, 2014


The demonstration, which was organized by the women’s and gender studies department, ended on Dexter Lawn.

“We wanted a way as a broad women’s and gender studies community to demonstrate that we are in solidarity with the survivors of sexual assault,” women’s and gender studies department chair Jane Lehr said. “We are in solidarity with the first responders on this campus, who do such hard and complicated and important work. And we want to be partners in changing the culture of Cal Poly to one that is violence-free.”

Professor Jane Lehr Brings Interdisciplinarity to Cal Poly

Oct 15, 2014


Jane Lehr is a jack of all trades. From her various degrees of education in diverse areas of study to the many job titles she holds at Cal Poly, the women and gender studies department chair is busy impacting the university.

Coleen Carrigan: There’s a Long Way to go to Close Tech Gender Gap

Oct 11, 2014


When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said last week that women needn’t ask for raises but should trust in the system to get the pay they deserved, a firestorm of reaction ignited around the issues of unequal pay for men and women and the gender gap in the technology industry.

Cal Poly Names Susan Currier Visiting Professor for Teaching Excellence

Sep 15, 2014


Cal Poly has selected Jody Lisberger from the University of Rhode Island (URI) as the 2013 Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence.

The Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence, housed this year in the university’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department, brings to Cal Poly a faculty member with a distinguished record of teaching excellence in a field related to one of 10 departments in the College of Liberal Arts. The professorship, begun in 2009, entails teaching two courses, giving the annual Susan Currier Memorial Lecture, and other activities promoting excellence in teaching. 

Visiting Professor to Discuss ‘Challenging the Myth of Disposable Women’ Feb. 12

Feb 12, 2014


Visiting Cal Poly Professor Jody Lisberger will deliver a presentation titled “Teaching to Disrupt Gender: Challenging the Myth of Disposable Women” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center on campus. 

Lisberger is the recipient of Cal Poly’s 2013-14 Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award. Her talk will explore her thoughts on the function of mainstream understandings of gender in historical and contemporary contexts.

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