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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: 

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Upcoming Events

May 20, 2016

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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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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.

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.”


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