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Community Crisis Shelter Donation Drive - Accepting Donations Now!

Oct 5, 2018


In the spirit of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Cal Poly Safer will be hosting a drive for our local crisis shelters and a competition for the organization that donates the most. 

This initiative was created in an effort to take action against domestic violence, support survivors, and show solidarity on the Cal Poly campus.  With each donation given to Stand Strong and RISE, a survivor is able to have access to basic needs and care.

The drive will begin Monday, October 1st and will end Friday, October 26th by 12:00pm.  Safer will celebrate everyone who was involved, with refreshments and awards for most donated from an individual, student group, and campus organization, on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00pm in UU 220.  

If you would like to donate new or unused items such as, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, pillows, and luggage bags (see attached list), there is a collection box in the Women's and Gender Studies Department Office in 47-25H.  If you prefer to donate grocery, gas, or gift cards, or make a cash donation, there will be a secure envelope in the Women's and Gender Studies Department Office in 47-25H.

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WGS hosting "A Conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson" a feminist art historian from UC Berkeley on 5/8

May 3, 2018


Join renowned feminist art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson for a conversation about her work in, and the relationships between, feminism, the visual arts, and cultural production. In particular, Dr. Bryan-Wilson will discuss the path that led to her career in the visual arts, art history, and feminism, and we will explore the opportunities— and challenges—that are involved for scholars, artists, activists, and other professionals identified as feminists in the visual arts, and in cultural production more generally, in our current moment.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: 11:10AM-12PM

Location: Bldg. 10, Rm. 115

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Mel Y. Chen of UC Berkeley to give a talk on "Queer InHumanism: Thinking with Race & Disability" on 5/7

May 3, 2018


Join Dr. Chen for a talk on queer inhumanism (as conceived with Dana Luciano) as a way to think about current national and global crises and as a way to examine questions about how perceived time plays a role in human (and inhuman) difference. Dr. Chen will also explore how these and related matters have meant that what we today know as ‘race’ and ‘disability’ have become deeply entangled.

Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

Time: 2:10-4PM

Location: Advanced Technology Lab ATL (Bldg. 7, 01)

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In Solidarity

Apr 24, 2018


On behalf of the Women’s & Gender Studies Department and Triota – Cal Poly’s Womxn’s & Gender Studies Honor Society and Feminist Activist Community – we write to share the Solidarity Statement released by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) in January 2015 and to affirm our commitment to, as the NWSA describes in this statement, “an inclusive feminist vision that is in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and sovereignty rights globally, that challenges settler colonial practices, and that contests violations of civil rights and international human rights law, military occupation and militarization, including the criminalization of the U.S. borders, and myriad forms of dispossession.” 

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Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly recognized on Mustang News!

Oct 12, 2017


After years of development, the Women’s and Gender Studies department celebrated the launch of the new Queer Studies minor Oct. 4.

Mireille Miller-Young of UCSB to give a talk on "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on 10/16

Sep 27, 2017


Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara will be giving a talk entitled "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on Monday, October 16 from 4:10PM-6PM at Cal Poly in the ATL. Sponsored by the Cal Poly Women's & Gender Studies Department. This event is free and open to the public.

Queer Studies Minor Launch Party 10/4

Sep 15, 2017


Come out to celebrate the new Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly!

The Women's & Gender Studies Department will be hosting a Queer Studies Minor Launch Party on Wednesday, October 4 from 4:10-5:30PM. We will have a dessert reception with light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Jodi Evans of CODE Pink to speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine”

Sep 13, 2017


Jodi Evans of CODE PINK will speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine” on Saturday September 23 at 6:30pm in Building 3, Room 213. Evans will argue that, “The wars are robbing our schools, our healthcare, our children and their future.”

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Scholarship Recipients

May 9, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce nine scholarship recipients for 2017-18.

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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. 

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