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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

(formerly Women’s Studies Program)

College of Arts & Sciences

200 Foust Building

336/334-5673

http://wgs.uncg.edu

Coordinating Council Members

Mary Ellis Gibson, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Department of English

Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Department of English

Jennifer Keith, Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Department of English

Robert Aronson, Department of Public Health Education

Karin Baumgartner, Department of German, Russian, and Japanese Studies

Kathryn Crowe, Special Collections, Jackson Library

Daniel DeGooyer, Department of Communication Studies

Diane Gill, Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Paige Smith, Department of Public Health Education

Juana Suárez, Department of Romance Languages

Leila Villaverde, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Jacquelyn White, Department of Psychology

Faculty members affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are housed in departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools. Interested students should contact the program director, Mary Ellis Gibson.

Mission Statement

The central mission of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program is to use gender, along with race and class, as a category of analysis, to help students investigate the role that gender plays in our history, art, politics, education, sports, health, and family. The Program grew out of the limitations that instructors perceived in the liberal arts curriculum as it was traditionally structured, with its overwhelming concentration on the perspective of privileged men. The Program addresses issues of neglect, omission, and bias in curricula while honing those critical thinking skills vital to a liberal education. With the assistance of the community-based Friends of Women’s and Gender Studies, the program sponsors visiting scholars, lectures, films, and conferences devoted to the advancement of women’s and gender studies.