News and Announcements
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.
The Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies would like to congratulate the following:
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.
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 >>
Edyka Chilomé, a spoken word artist and recent graduate of TWU's Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies M.A. program, has been featured on KERA's Art & Seek Artist Spotlight. According to Chilomé, "there is an urgency for me to be a brown mestiza mujer in this place, in this land to be visible, to tell the stories to recollect the stories to make sure that we’re educating our young people. To make sure that we’re upholding community spaces like the one we’re sitting in right now."
Esther Ajayi-Lowo, a doctoral student in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship. The International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduate study in North America to select women from countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Michael Franklin, a graduate of the TWU Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies master of arts program, has been named the winner of this year’s National Education Association’s Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. The association recognizes one educator annually for outstanding contributions to world peace and exceptional mentorship of young students.
As our nation’s current political climate continues to ignite serious concern surrounding racial inequality, the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association (WSGSA) addresses these issues to ensure that students have a voice at TWU through various on-campus film screenings and discussions.
Determined to explore how gender, race and class distinctions shape our societies and customs, TWU women’s studies graduate student Annu Daftuar is completing a human rights program internship at The Carter Center. Founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, the prestigious Atlanta-based organization is committed to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.