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Women and Gender Studies (WGS)

WGS is about women and gender and a whole lot more! In traditional disciplinary curricula, the ideas, experiences, and opinions of men dominate. WGS challenges this domination and seeks a larger understanding of the challenges and issues of our times. Considerations of race, class, sexuality, ability, power, and empowerment are also important to WGS.

WGS considers art, technology, institutions, history, culture, education, family, media, economics, science, globalization, and health and wellness.

WGS considers individual lives and collective experiences, theory and practice, social change and social justice.

WGS is about women, children, and men.

WGS is about how hierarchies and stereotypes shape our lived experiences and how we can challenge inequality and injustice. It is a history and a movement.

WGS takes women’s experiences as its focal subject; however, the implications of our WGS inquiries and explorations are as crucial to men and boys as they are to girls and women.

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WGS Minor

Students take Introduction to Women’s Studies (WGS 101w), the Sociology of Gender (SOC 350), and Feminist Theory (WGS 301w) as well as courses that draw from across UMA’s disciplinary offerings in art, music, English, history, sociology, American studies, mental health and human services, psychology, business, and justice studies.

WGS courses include:

WGS/AME 305w: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in American Culture

WGS/ENG 337: Masculinities in Late 20th Century American Literature

WGS/HUM 310w: Introduction to LGBT Studies (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)

WGS/AME 304w: American Girls: Identity, Culture, and Empowerment

WGS/AME 306: American Fitness: Culture, Community, and Transformation

WGS/ENG 350w: Major Women Writers

WGS/PHI 336: Philosophy of Feminism

WGS/AME/ENG 389: Girls on Fire: Gender, Culture, and Justice in YA Dystopia

And many courses in UMA’s disciplines like art, music, history, mental health and human services, sociology, and more!

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Women Invigorating Curriculum and Creating Diversity (WICCD)

Committee Description: Bangor-based, open to any UMA faculty or staff member who is interested in furthering the mission of WICCD at, and beyond, UMA. WICCD’s work is shaped by a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective influenced by feminism, critical multiculturalism, and social justice. We work to infuse our curriculum with women and other historically under-represented groups; to educate our campus community on issues related to women, feminism, diversity, and social justice; to provide opportunities for dialog and creativity; and to help shape university policies toward equality and inclusion.

Annual events include: The Clothesline Project (fall), Soup and Substance (spring)

Fall 15 events include The BreakBeat Poets hip-hop poetry workshop, open mic, and panel; Jodi Renshaw “Identify” Art Show; “Girls on Fire: Queering Katniss” student presentation…. and more!

Some Past events include: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality conferences (Maine Women’s Studies Consortium); a performance by Be Steadwell; guest speakers in classrooms (belly dancer, authors, religious leaders, spoken word artists); Jodi Renshaw Art Show; Esther Taylor Art Show, “Where We Stand”; Women Who Run With Words (book launch for Kati Corlew, Sarah Hentges, and Kim Lane); 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Symposium

Current and ongoing projects include: The Safe Zone Project, the All Gender Bathroom initiative, “WGS Is …” and “I Need Feminism”; WICCD Facebook page….

Mission Statement for Women Invigorating Curriculum and Creating Diversity (WICCD)

WICCD’s work is shaped by a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective influenced by feminism, critical multiculturalism, and social justice. We work to infuse our curriculum with women and other historically under-represented groups; to educate our campus community on issues related to women, feminism, diversity, and social justice; to provide opportunities for dialog and creativity; and to help shape university policies toward equality and inclusion.

WICCD honors the diversity that exists in Maine while also educating our campus and larger community about local, national, and international issues, initiatives, and ideas related to “diversity.” Because women have been historically underrepresented in social, cultural, political, institutional, and economic spheres, WICCD centers women, gender, and sexuality while working to challenges injustice and inequalities of all kinds.

We recognize that diversity is about all of us working toward equality, justice, inclusion, and respect for all races, genders, classes, sexualities, ethnicities, and abilities. WICCD works to support these values through events—panels, performances, lectures, workshops, campaigns, trainings, and initiatives—that enhance our curriculum and create a welcoming atmosphere for all of our diverse community members.

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