News and Announcements
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was recently accepted into the incoming cohort of 2020 Public Voices Fellows for the South, a partnership of The OpEd Project, Morehouse College, the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative, Yale, Northwestern, and The University of Texas in Austin. The one-year fellowship is focused on creating a cohort of thought leaders in the arena of social justice (racial, gend er, economic and beyond) representative of the South.
Doctoral student Morgan May accepts Sierra Canyon School faculty position
Morgan May, a doctoral student in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, recently accepted a faculty member position in the Sierra Canyon School’s Department of World Languages and will also serve as coordinator of the school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Sierra Canyon is a private and coeducational day school located in the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Chatsworth.
The hiring committee announced that Morgan “made an indelible impression on all of us as she is clearly passionate about issues surrounding social justice, equity, and inclusion, supporting diverse learners, and world languages and culture.” She will also lend her expertise from her “doctoral coursework and research interests in multicultural curriculum, intersectionality, feminist and womanist scholarship, human rights, and social justice” to Sierra Canyon’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Morgan will assume her new position while completing the MWGS doctoral program and serving as co-president of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Student Association.
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, delivered a presentation about southern Black women’s labor organizing at the launch of The Advancing Black Strategists Initiative (ABSI), a joint project between Jobs With Justice Education Fund, The Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Workers Initiative, and Morehouse College’s International Comparative Labor Studies Department. The goal of ABSI is to develop and advance policies that support the collective power-building of working people in the South. Co-panelists included William Spriggs, Howard University professor, chief economist to the American Federation of Labor-CIO, and economic adviser to democratic candidate Joe Biden, and Marc Bayard, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, delivered a presentation about the history of Black women’s political organizing from slavery until the present at Together Digital, a national women’s voting organization dedicated to accelerating the advancement and growth of women in technology professions.
Doctoral student Esther Ajayi-Lowo is giving a voice to the diverse perspectives of marginalized women through teaching, research and advocacy. Her dissertation, “Decolonizing Childbirth: Women, Traditional Birth Attendants and Reproductive Justice in Nigeria,” explores the significance of indigenous birthing knowledge and women’s socio-cultural and spiritual birthing standpoints for reproductive justice in her home country of Nigeria.
Feminist activist Marcia Niemann recently gifted her personal archives to the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies and Blagg-Huey Library Woman’s Collection. The Marcia Niemann Feminist Activism Collection will include court testimonies, music records, protest buttons, signs and rare books related to the women's movement from the 1970s-1990s.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded its 2020–21 International Fellowship to Esther Oluwashina Ajayi-Lowo of Denton, Texas. Ajayi-Lowo is a doctoral scholar in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.
Say Her Name! PhD student Chelle Wilson participates in panel about women and the Black Lives Matter movement
Texas Woman’s University associate professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., was recently awarded a Franklin Research Grant in the amount of $6,000. The grant will support her ongoing Library of Congress research into the previously unexamined life of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a philosopher, educator, religious leader and civil rights activist.
Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham recently published an article entitled “Slaving Irish ‘Ladies’ and Black ‘Towers of Strength in the Labor World’: Race and Resistance in Domestic Service.” The article appeared in the May 2020 special issue of the Women’s History Review entitled “Women, Work, and the State.” Download a pdf of the full article>>
Phillips-Cunningham also received the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library’s 2020-2021 Travel Research Award to conduct archival research on domestic worker activism lead by African American women from Atlanta, Georgia.
“So, the hard part with the presidential campaigns, and even just all party campaigns, is that they tend to not realize the potential of the Latino vote and realize how they need to strategically mobilize them,” said Christina Bejarano, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of Multicultural Women and Gender Studies.
Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was awarded an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant in January 2020 to conduct research of the Nannie Helen Burroughs papers at the Library of Congress. In 1909, Burroughs established the largest trade school and junior college for African American women in Washington D.C. during the early twentieth century. In 1919, Burroughs became the first African American woman to help establish a national labor organization specifically for African American domestic workers.
The latest issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, published through the Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at TWU, is now available. This issue of FFC offers an exciting collection of tools for educators. In addition to a wide variety of film reviews, issue 9.2 highlights the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) with two interviews, one featuring festival Director Harry Eaddy and Director of Film Programming Linda Eaddy and another with Eboni Johnson, director of the DBFF Institute.
AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies professor and the editor of Gloria’s last book, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, shared in a conversation with shift7 that it was precisely because Gloria was marked by difference that she grew to challenge the categories of “different.”
Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s book now available through Rutgers Press
Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s new book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers, is now available through Rutgers University Press. Download the official press release (PDF).
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, and Morgan May awarded grant for Nannie Helen Burroughs research
Students from the National Trade School for Women and Girls circa early 1920s. With permission from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., and Morgan May were awarded a TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Grant in December 2019. The grant will support their research of the Nannie Helen Burroughs papers at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Burroughs was an educator, clubwoman and civil rights activist who established the National Trade School for Women and Girls, the largest trade and general education school for southern migrant Black women in the early twentieth century. She also co-founded the National Association of Wage Earners (1921), the first national Black women’s labor union, and The Worker (1912), the first Black women’s national and international labor periodical in global history. Phillips-Cunningham and May’s research will document these historic labor initiatives, and explore how they can serve as important context for women’s political organizing today.
Agatha Beins, Ph.D., an associate professor and director of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Master’s Program, will be the featured speaker at the Resource Center and the Dallas Way's LGBTQ Speaker Series next week. Beins will talk about the content of the quilt and the paths it offered for people to learn about HIV/AIDS and to build community.
Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, authors comparative history of African American and Irish workers
Associate professor Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham’s forthcoming book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers, will be available through Rutgers University Press December 13, 2019. Phillips-Cunningham's book offers a labor history of 19th and early 20th-century Irish immigrant and US southern Black migrant domestic workers and recently was featured on the Black Agenda Report’s Book Forum.
Jessica Camp, TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies M.A. student and coordinator of academic transitions at the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, is one of only 10 administrators in the nation selected for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) – The Global Community for Academic Advising’s 2019-2020 Class of Emerging Leaders.
Christina Bejarano, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, speaker and adviser on Latina electoral politics and political candidates in the U.S. Her work focuses on the role of women in politics, particularly how women of color shape and influence the electoral environment as voters and candidates.
Karen Bravo and Marie Butler met in while taking Art, Activism, and Social Justice with Dr. Agatha Beins. They learned about art activism and began collaborating on ideas of how they can use their artistic talents to create and inspire change. As a result, they formed Denton Fiber Collective with TWU Assistant Professor of Art, Design & Technology Julie Libersat. Denton Fiber Collective’s artwork will be featured in upcoming Denton Pride celebrations.
Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Elia S. Tamplin has received the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Student Research Award for their presentation, "Research on Women-of-Color Professional Experiences in Higher Education." Tamplin will be recognized with a plaque and a one-year membership at NACADA’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky October 20-23.
Associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., co-organized the TWU's first writing workshop for faculty of color with the Psychology and Philosophy Department's Gabrielle Smith, Ph.D., and Sally Stabb, Ph.D. The organizers' goal was to provide a critical source of professional support for assistant and associate level professors undergoing the tenure and promotion process. This inaugural workshop took place May 13-17 and was co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Deans of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Professional Education.
PhD candidate Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo awarded Kiwanis scholarship
Congratulations to Esther O. Ajayi-Lowo, TWU MWGS Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant, who recently received a $1,000 Kiwanis scholarship award.
Doctoral student Kathy Nguyen wins award for exceptional, original scholarship
TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies doctoral student Kathy Nguyen was selected by the Research Committee of the Graduate Council as a recipient of the 2019 Graduate Council Award for Exceptional, Original Scholarship. Kathy will be recognized and present aspects of her research at the Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium in a session entitled "Showcase of Student Research" on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.
The TWU Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies (MWGS) and the Women’s Studies Graduate Students Association (WSGSA), in collaboration with TWU Global Connections, held a two-in-one campus-wide reproductive justice event commemorating International Women’s Day 2019. These events, a reproductive justice fair and a reproductive justice expert panel, were held on TWU’s Denton campus on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Associate professor Agatha Beins' book, Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity, has been selected for Honorable Mention by the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) Book Prize.
"The breadth and scope of Liberation in Print is impressive. The work expertly incorporates theory with a rich primary archive. It is written in a nuanced and seamless manner that offers important insights on 1970s feminism for both periodical scholars and the general reader," said Mark J. Noonan, professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
In Teaching Transformation: Transcultural Classroom Dialogues, AnaLouise Keating presents an antiracist pedagogy that is invitational rather than oppositional. Director of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University, Keating has written and edited many works, including Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change and (co-edited with Gloria E. Anzaldúa) this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation.
Three TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies students presented papers at the National Association of African American Studies Conference held in Dallas on Feb. 11. They presented the following papers:
Morgan May (Ph.D. candidate):
"Embodying/Embracing the 'Outsider Within'"
Shamethia Webb (Ph.D. candidate):
"Write Yourself Born: Narrating and Embodying a Black Womanhouse"
Chelle Wilson (M.A. candidate):
"Through Artistic Usage of Womanist Methodology, New Orleans-the Site of Loss and Mourning Becomes the Space for Transformation and Healing"
Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Cornaro Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Claire Sahlin, Ph.D., has been awarded a $3,000 grant from New York University’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership to initiate a Faith Zone: Multifaith Ally Training program on TWU’s Denton campus. The funds will be used to begin a three-hour Faith Zone workshop at least once each semester with a goal of enriching campus-wide discussions about religion and spirituality and increasing understanding of religious and spiritual diversity in society
MA student and textiles artist Marie E. Butler wins third place in 'Materials Hard and Soft' exhibition
Marie E. Butler, a student in the Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies M.A. program, was recently awarded third place in the Greater Denton Arts Council competition and exhibition, "Materials Hard and Soft." Her work, a quilt titled Black Noise, was one of 68 pieces chosen out of over 1,100 submissions. View the catalog>>
On Jan. 31, Butler also facilitated an intergenerational conversation between fiber artists Taylor Barnes and Barbara McCraw at UNT on the Square.
Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies doctoral candidate Kathy Nguyen recently had her short story, "The Veteran," published by diaCRITICS online. In this short story, Nguyen looks unflinchingly at death, vulnerability, the slight of omission, and the tenuous (in)visibility of South Vietnamese veterans’ official status as “veterans” in America. "The Veteran" was previously published in Kartika Review.
Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Ph.D. candidate Carla Wilson was featured on the blog Coming Out Sessions, which shares the words of folks who identify as LGBTQ+. "To me, the biggest thing I want to do in the world, or the most important thing to do is to inspire and motivate and really lead by example, more than tell people. Because I don't know what people's journey is." -Carla Wilson
We would like to congratulate:
- M.A. alumna Daisy Salinas, who initiated the Black and Brown Punk Fest for artists of color in San Antonio. Visit the Xingonas in the Pit Instagram page to view photos and learn more about the San Antonio decolonial feminist punk collective aimed at celebrating artists of color.
- Chelle Wilson, an M.A. student in the department of multicultural women's and gender studies, who was recently elected International Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first organization created by and for African American women, and Wilson was elected by the 19,000+ delegates at the 68th Convention.
- Associate professor Agatha Beins, Ph.D., whose book Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity was featured in the Spring 2018 Schlesinger Library Newsletter (page 5). Her book draws on the archival holdings of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, a research library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
- Professor AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., who received an American Council of Learned Societies project development grant for her project Borderlands, Nepantlas: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Decolonial Vision. Keating was recently a guest speaker at “Nuestra Gloria", a 30th-anniversary celebration of the publication of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa at the Center for Mexican American Studies in the Rio Grande Valley.
- Esther Shina Ajayi-Lowo, who has been accepted to Syracuse University's highly selective Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute 2018, with the theme Just Academic Spaces: Decolonizing Knowledge, Creating Collaborative Communities! The Institute meets this summer at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, and is directed by Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Erica L. Williams.
- Doctoral candidate Allison Davis, who has been elected to the Wimberley City Council. Davis is a licensed professional counselor who also earned her MA in Women’s Studies and her MS in Counseling and Development at TWU.
- Doctoral student Reanae McNeal for receiving the NWSA Women of Color Caucus Student Essay Award for her essay, "Rhetorics of Survivance: African Native American Art as an Act of Resistance."
- Master’s student Susan Harper and doctoral student Sam S. Schmitt for their speaking opportunity at the Black Trans Advocacy Conference in Dallas. The students showcased their presentation titled, "Teaching Trans*: Pedagogies for Gender Inclusive Educational Spaces."
- Former doctoral student Lauren Cross for receiving the Third Annual Visionary Award from the Fort Worth Weekly for her multimedia art projects and the foundation of her gallery and events space, WoCA Project.
- Professor Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., for her interview with 91.5 KJZZ discussing "A Day Without Women" strike that took place on March 8, 2017.
- Our department for its recognition on April 6, 2017 by the TWU Graduate Student Council at the Pioneering Spirits Banquet for its ongoing support of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies graduate students.
From chronic illness to working with Sandra Cisneros, local poet Edyka Chilomé had a year to remember
Edyka Chilomé is a literary arts activist and cultural worker who uses the mediums of writing, poetry, speaking, teaching, community organizing, and performance. A queer child of Salvadorian and Mexican migrant activists, she was raised in social justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. Inspired by her inherited tradition and commitment, Edyka attained a B.A. in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Multicultural Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University, where her research focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [art]ivism.
With an extensive background in research and building narratives, TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies alumna Tara Conley (M.A. '08) joined Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media as Assistant Professor of Transmedia Storytelling. Conley will be teaching two sections of Transmedia Projects and a course on Communication, Media and Gender.
By the time Esther Ajayi-Lowo earns her doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2021, she already will have amassed an impressive list of achievements. Since arriving at TWU in 2015 to study multicultural women’s and gender studies, she has received two International Peace Scholarships from the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO); published a book chapter chronicling the same-sex marriage prohibition act in Nigeria; and presented papers at national conferences on sexuality education, reproductive justice and female genital mutilation— all while balancing her personal commitments as a wife and mother to three young children.
Edyka Chilomé (M.A. '13) is a literary artist, performer, educator, and cultural worker based in North Texas. In addition to publishing numerous articles, essays, and poems, Chilomé recently co-organized the Disrupting Displacement: Art vs. Gentrification event with Vicki Meek as part of the Creating Place Learning Exchange series. Her AlternateRoots.org article, "Gentrifying the Conversation on Gentrification: Resisting the Performative Culture of Whiteness in Dallas Organizing", chronicles her experience organizing the Dallas event.
Agatha Beins, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the multicultural women's and gender studies master's program, has been awarded the UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship for her project, "An Invitation to Remember: Art, Activism and the AIDS Quilt." Beins will analyze the content and material qualities of the quilt to show the multiple paths it offered people to learn about HIV/AIDS and build community with those concerned about and impacted by the virus. She will draw on the activism in the Dallas/Ft Worth area as a case study to show the power of this art-activist project on a local scale.
On March 29, the Ithaca College Department of Women's and Gender Studies presented a talk on feminist activism in the 1970s by Agatha Beins, Ph.D., associate professor in the TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies. In the talk, Beins explored how feminist newsletters and newspapers provided both places and spaces where the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s could exist – in the pages of periodicals and in the streets.
Dr. Marcy Paul, who received her PhD in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from TWU, has been appointed co-chair of the U.S. Academic Task Force on women in multicultural communities. As an assistant professor of health behavior and health systems at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, Dr. Paul’s research and teaching are focused on social justice, health equity and improving quality of life in maternal and child health as a means of building healthier communities for current and future generations.
MWGS and WSGSA co-host 'Sex, Love and Reproductive Justice'
The TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, Women's Studies Graduate Student Association (WSGSA), Department of Health Studies, Campus Alliance for Resource Education (CARE) and Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach co-hosted "Sex, Love and Reproductive Justice" on Feb. 14, 2018. The panel discussed consent, choice, safe sex and other reproductive justice issues.
Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham gave an "Introduction to Reproductive Justice" talk. Dr. Rosemary Candelario (Associate Professor of Dance) talked about "Choices and Reproductive Justice", Dr. Kimberly Parker (Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies) talked about "Reproductive Health at the intersection of Race and Gender." Foluso Oluade (MWGS Ph.D. student) discussed "Healthy Sexuality and Consent," and Esther Ajayi-Lowo (MWGS Ph.D. student) moderated the anonymous question and answer portion of the panel. Esther Ajayi-Lowo initiated the planning of the event and chaired the planning committee, which included Dr. Phillips-Cunningham and MWGS doctoral students Foluso Oluade, Elia S. Tamplin and Marcella Clinard.
Chelle Luper Wilson, daughter of the late Oklahoma City civil rights activist, Clara Luper, delivered an impassioned keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday, January 15, 2018. Wilson is pursuing her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at Texas Woman's University.
Professor AnaLouise Keating participates in the Smithsonian Institution's Gloria Anzaldúa panel
AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., professor and director of the doctoral program at TWU's Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, was a featured speaker in a recent panel celebrating the life and works of noted social theorist and activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa. "Remembering Gloria Anzaldúa: A Tribute to the Iconic Borderlands Writer and Thinker" took place at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2017. Keating is the editor of Anzaldúa's Interviews/Entrevistas and Light in the Dark/Luz en to oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality. Watch the webcast >>
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