"This morning I am angry."
January 20, 2017

This morning I am angry.  I am angry that we live in a world where people don’t understand the link between everyday racism and Black people losing their lives to murderous police officers who equate Blackness with criminality.  I am angry that we live in a world where people are hungry or homeless or poor or all of the above.  I am angry that we have had visionaries such as Dr. King, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldúa to show us the way, and that they have died, their visions unrealized.  I am angry that our society equates capitalism with democracy (they are very different things) and that as a result, money is more important than real humans’ lives and wellbeing.  I am angry that millions of undocumented americans live in fear today for their lives, their families, their livelihoods.  I am angry that I can’t tell if we’re doing any better than we were 50 years ago, and that my inclination is to say that we are not.  I am angry that I could write this list all day long and still not be finished.

I am angry that my country is inaugurating donald trump today as the 45th president of the united states.

Only 19% of the american population voted for him (about 63 million, out of 326.5 million americans) and among those who voted, only 46% voted for him, compared to the 48.2% of voters who cast their ballots for Clinton—nearly 3 million more votes, making her the candidate who more americans voted for “than any other losing presidential candidate in u.s. history,” according to CNN. (And yes, my lack of capitalization is intentional.)

How much more proof do we need that our political system is broken, that our society—our world—is broken, that we don’t need reform, we need radical transformation, and we needed it yesterday?  That the indoctrination we received in grade school (liberty and justice for all, anyone?) was not only untrue, but was intentional propaganda designed to make us docile and blind to the fact that in this country, liberty and justice are privileges, not the fundamental human rights that they should be? 

Every move we make in this world is a declaration of what we value, what we stand for, what we believe in.  So my question to you is:

What do you stand for?  And what will you do about it?

Stephanie L. Martin Shewfelt

Associate Director, Institute for Women’s Studies and Services


2017 MLK Peace Award Recipient
Maria Rangel Leon

This year, our Social Media Coordinator, Maria Rangel Leon, was awarded the very honorable MLK Peace Award. The annual MLK Peace Breakfast at Metropolitan State University celebrates the philosophy and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting diversity and equality for all. The MLK Peace Award honors individuals who keep the spirit and dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. alive through their actions and contributions to peace, justice, diversity, equality and social change. We are very proud of Maria and all of the hard work she has accomplished. Her intersectional activism has made an impact on and off campus. Congratulations!

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T/TH 3:30 - 4:45 CRN 30454

This course introduces the discipline of women’s studies, the historical development of feminist thought, the intersectionality of identities, including gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, and the social, economic, and technological factors that have led to changing roles for women throughout the world. The course also focuses analysis on gender, race and class, including experiences of women of color.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I

T/TH 9:30 - 10:45 CRN 34400 Dr. Anahi Russo
This multidisciplinary course introduces the study of sexualities and genders including the history, major theories, racial intersections, and issues.  Foundational concepts and vocabulary are taught so that the student will be equipped to take advanced courses in this area.  General models of identity linked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered sexualities are explored.  Intersectional analysis will be applied with particular attention to the experiences of sexuality and gender in the African-American, Chicana/o, and Asian American communities.
University Requirement: Multicultural
M/W 2:00 – 3:15 pm CRN 33833
This course explores the transgender and transsexual experience, focusing on Western cultural definitions and concepts. The course covers transgender basics, including definitions and language; the history of the transgender movement; the legal, social, and medical aspects of transition; current political issues within and for the movement; cultural aspects of gender diversity; well-known trans people in Western culture; working with transgender and transsexual populations; and being a good ally and advocate. By the end of the course, students will have the language, knowledge, and skills to work with transgender and transsexual populations in a variety of settings and will understand the diversity of the transgender experience.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences II
M/W 2:00 - 3:15 CRN 35154 Dr. Sandra Posey
This course provides an exploration of folklore in everyday life, including folk narrative and other verbal genres, as well as material forms and other manifestations of traditional expressive behavior, as it pertains to reinforcing and resisting gender identity and norms. This course focuses on the centrality and pervasiveness of creativity, developing a contextual approach to understanding aesthetic expression.

General Studies: Arts and Humanities
T/TH 12:30 - 1:45 CRN 32730 Dr. Kat Martinez
This course explores the various ways in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer individuals represent themselves vis-a-vis the social construction of identity and resistance. The course analyzes the general strategies LGBTQ individuals (and their communities) utilize to self-identify their gender. Issues of queer social presentation and performance are addressed. Intersections between queer identity and issues of race, ethnicity, and class are investigated. Power and privilege embedded within the LGBTQ visual identity and social control issues are also analyzed.

IWSS Renewed Commitment to Social Justice

In light of the recent election as well as the hateful rhetoric and violence it has brought, we at the Institute for Women's Studies and Services have a renewed passion and commitment to not only stand in solidarity with marginalized communities affected by this election result but to create spaces on campus and in our office where students can gather and feel safe, supported and empowered.

We support students, faculty, staff and community members who are DREAMers, Undocumented, Muslim, Latinx, Asian, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, Muslim, targeted by sexism, have a disability, and all those with other intersecting identities who may have been feeling unsafe and unwelcome in this country. We welcome you in our office and on this campus.

Not only do we welcome you, but we will stand with you. Come see us if you need an ally or an advocate (or if you just need a safer space to relax or study). We will speak out against injustices and take action for social justice. We will not give up. We will work together for a world without oppression, a world built on life-affirming principles, a world where each of us are always valued for who we are.

Inclusive education for those working towards social equity.

Women's Studies aims at creating a collaborative, inclusive environment that can support you in your studies while working towards your degree.

Women's Studies aims at creating a collaborative, inclusive environment that can support you in your studies while working towards your degree.

The mission of the Institute for Women's Studies and Services is to serve as a feminist hub for transformative education, programming, and advocacy on issues of gender inclusion and social equity.

IWSS is the only department on campus that offers a services component to students on campus, in addition to academics. The Institute, its services, and its classes are open to all gender identities. Whether you want to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies, a minor in Women's Studies, fulfill your multicultural requirement for graduation, or simply register for some of our classes because of your own interests, our classes are always open.

Please check out our menu to the left to learn a little more about what classes and services IWSS offers, as well as special events and discussions we host!

And be sure to drop in any time for more information, or simply to relax and de-stress.

Women's Studies aims at creating a collaborative, inclusive environment that can support you in your studies while working towards your degree.

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