A Letter from Isabell Moore, Fall 2012
Dear WGS Students, Faculty, Friends of WGS and interested community members,
It’s hard to believe I’ve been the UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program Administrator for almost three months now! I have enjoyed my time so far and am looking forward to an action-packed and inspiring academic year of events, activities and new developments! As a 2009 graduate of the Women’s and Gender Studies MA program, I’m extremely excited to be serving WGS in a new role.
I have come to WGS during a time of challenging and exciting transitions. Not only has Carole, the face of WGS for so many years, moved into a delightful retirement (don’t worry – she remains connected through the Friends of WGS) – our program has moved from the Foust Building to more spacious quarters in the Curry Building. We also have a revamped website thanks to the new College of Arts and Sciences webmaster, are trying some new approaches to our MA plan of study, and will debut a new graduate internship class in the spring. We are enjoying the last year of Ann Dils’ term as the Director of WGS, and all that she has brought to the program, especially in terms of connections to WGS-related dance and art. Starting in Fall of 2013, Ann will resume her post full-time in the Dance Department and a new director, as yet to be determined, will join us.
As WGS’s Program Administrator, I plan to work closely with Ann and future directors to continue Carole’s important work of building relationships with WGS-related community organizations, and with the wonderfully supportive Friends of WGS. In fact, I’ve already recruited my mother, Liz Seymour, who is the Executive Director of the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) to that group! I am also excited to expand our connections with a diverse array of community organizations through the re-designed MA internship program, and plan to help the program think about how to more closely connect the kinds of analysis and critical thinking that happens in WGS classes with the ways we engage with the community.
I am especially looking forward to both campus and community groups using our wonderful conference room and library for events and meetings, and to our improved web presence and social media approach, being shepherded along by our stellar student staff. And of course – I have quite a lot still to learn about all the roles and responsibilities of my job as I do each task for the first time!
I hope to meet many of you at our Open House on September 10th, 2012 and to hear YOUR ideas for where WGS can go for the next ten years! If you’re not able to join us then, please stop by my office or send me an e-mail. And as always, feel free to subscribe to our Weekly Announcements to stay in the loop on upcoming events.
If you want to hear more about me and my experiences in the MA program, click here!