Colorado College News: Feminist & Gender Studies, Melissa L. Barnes (Feminist & Gender Studies and Psychology '15) Helps Author New Discrimination Policy at the University of Oregon Sun, 28 May 2017 10:25:00 MDT <p class="MsoNormal">Recently, <a href="" target="_blank">Melissa L. Barnes</a> (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Psychology &rsquo;15) was part of a <a href="" target="_blank">working group</a> that assisted with the creation of a new policy &ldquo;defining reporting responsibilities for employees who learn of a student who has experienced sex or gender-based discrimination,&rdquo; according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Around the O</a></em>. The new policy received the signature of University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, and will take effect on September 15.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to <a href="" target="_blank">Jennifer J. Freyd</a>, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and Editor of the <a href="" target="_blank">Journal of Trauma &amp; Dissociation</a>, &ldquo;The core idea of this policy is that in most instances students discussing sexual and gender based harassment and violence with trusted mentors will have the option to determine whether their information is kept private or passed on to official sources. There are exceptions (for instance some employees such as administrators and coaches will remain required reporters) and additional responsibilities (for instance all employees will have to provide some information to students), but overall the change will allow students much more control over their private information which we believe will benefit them and ultimately lead to more reporting. The UO&rsquo;s policy will be a first in the country due to the requirements to ascertain the student&rsquo;s wishes and to provide information to students. Most other policies are simply mandatory reporting across the board or a list of required reporters without clarity about additional responsibilities. The UO&rsquo;s policy also stands out as being informed by behavioral science on disclosure and response to sexual and gender based harassment and violence.&rdquo; Further, <a href="" target="_blank">Darci Heroy</a>, Associate Vice President&nbsp;and&nbsp;Title IX Coordinator at the University of Oregon, notes, "The new policy is designed to increase both campus safety and confidence in our institutional response by encouraging even more students to seek support, receive services and report sexual harassment. It accomplishes this by demonstrating our resolve to protect victims and survivors as much as possible by allowing them to choose when, if, and how to engage with the comprehensive and compassionate resources that we offer.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Melissa is currently a doctoral student in&nbsp;Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon in the <a href="" target="_blank">Freyd Dynamics Lab</a>. Her research and clinical interests focus on racially/ethnically marginalized women's experiences of sexual trauma. She is also concerned with the direct and indirect effects of systemic discrimination on individual experiences of trauma through the lens of <a href=" " target="_blank">cultural betrayal trauma theory</a>.</p> Alejandra Hernandez ('18) Awarded Internship at University of Colorado Health Fri, 26 May 2017 08:18:00 MDT <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d;"><img src="/academics/dept/feministandgenderstudies/images/Hernandez.jpg" alt="Hernandez" width="182" height="299" class="" style="float: left;" />We are excited to announce that Alejandra Hernandez ('18) will serve as the summer intern for the Research Administration Department at <a href="" target="_blank">University of Colorado Health</a>!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d;">This system-level department crosses three regions (Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs), providing infrastructure by way of regulatory, compliance, budgetary, and operational support to more than 2500 clinical trials spanning the front range. Alejandra will assist the System Director at University of Colorado Health,&nbsp;as well as the Director of Clinical Research Administration at <a href="" target="_blank">University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus</a> in implementing a Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) that enables users to manage all protocols and subjects in one place; supporting clinical research billing compliance; simplifying data management and monitoring; tracking biospecimens throughout the entire lifecycle; improving patient recruitment and track outcomes; and automating the flow of information between systems.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #1f497d;">Congratulations, Alejandra!</span></p> Dorsa Djalilzadeh ('18) Elected CCSGA President Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:15:00 MDT <p>On April 18, Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Political Science '18) was elected to serve as President of the <a href="" target="_blank">Colorado College Student Government Association</a> (CCSGA).</p> <p>According to the CCSGA website, the organization "is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. CCSGA gives students a crucial role in the campus-wide development of an enriching college experience. CCSGA strives to make life at Colorado College not only intellectual, but also enjoyable and meaningful. In addition to being a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students."</p> <p>Congratulations, Dorsa!</p> Kaimara Herron ('16) Admitted to University of Mississippi Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:30:00 MDT <p>We are excited to announce that Kaimara Herron (History Major and Feminist &amp; Gender Studies Minor '16) recently accepted admission into&nbsp;the graduate program in the <a href="" target="_blank">Arch Dalrymple III Department of History</a> at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Mississippi</a>! Additionally, Kaimara was awarded a teaching and diversity fellowship to support her studies! Congratulations, Kaimara!</p> Spencer Spotts ('17) Joins SafePlace as Sexual Assault Services Specialist Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:12:00 MDT ]]> <p><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman',serif; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">We are excited to announce that Spencer Spotts (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '17) recently earned a position as Sexual Assault Services Specialist at <a href="" target="_blank">SafePlace</a> in Olympia, WA!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman',serif; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">SafePlace,&nbsp;formed on October 9, 1981, by the merger of Rape Relief and the Women&rsquo;s Shelter (two programs operated by the YWCA since 1973 and 1976), is a non-profit organization functioning as "the&nbsp;</span><span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">only advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County." Further, their "sexual assault program is one of the oldest in the nation."</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">Congratulations, Spencer, for joining this groundbreaking team!</span></span></span></p> Savanah McDaniel ('18) Awarded Fellowship at Cornell Medical School Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:02:00 MDT ]]> <p>We are excited to announce that Savanah McDaniel (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies '18) recently was awarded a fellowship at the&nbsp;Cornell Medical School, where she will be&nbsp;taking classes in and doing research on healthcare in under-resourced areas in New York City, with a focus on cardiovascular medicine! Congratulations, Savanah!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Dr. Rushaan Kumar Joins Feminist & Gender Studies Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:58:00 MST <p class="MsoNormal">Feminist &amp; Gender Studies welcomes Dr. Rushaan Kumar, who will be joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of LGBTQ Studies this fall!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Professor Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota&mdash;Twin Cities, and has previously taught at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, and Pomona. His intellectual work is focused&nbsp;on queer and transgender studies in India and the South Asian Diaspora, female masculinities, and facilitating conversations among academics, artists, and activists in the U.S. and transnationally.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Next year, Professor Kumar will be teaching LGBTQ Social Movements in the U.S. (Block 1), Introduction to Feminist &amp; Gender Studies (Block 3), Introduction to Queer Studies (Block 4), Masculinities (Block 6), Senior Seminar with Professors Heidi R. Lewis and Nadia Guessous (Block 7), and Transnational Sexualities (Block 8).</p> Professor Heidi R. Lewis Joins the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire Books (University of Arizona Press) Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:40:00 MST <p>Heidi R. Lewis, Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Feminist &amp; Gender Studies, recently was named to the Editorial&nbsp;Board of <a href="" target="_blank">The Feminist Wire Books: Connecting Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice</a>. Lewis&nbsp;joined the Editorial Collective of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">The Feminist Wire</a>&nbsp;</em>(TFW) in February 2013, and was promoted to Associate Editor in February 2014.</p> <p>This new book series, from <em>The Feminist Wire</em>&nbsp;and the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Arizona Press</a>, presents a cultural bridge between the digitial and printing worlds. These timely, critical books will contribute to feminsit scholarship, pedagogy, and praxist in the twenty-first century.&nbsp;&ldquo;This partnership benefits both parties,&rdquo; said <a href="" target="_blank">Tamura Lomax</a>, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of <em>The Feminist Wire&nbsp;</em>and Co-Editor of the series. She continued, &ldquo;TFW is an existing brand with growing popularity, providing a &lsquo;ready-made&rsquo; audience for books in the series as well as a marketing platform. The UA Press has an established reputation publishing books about race and social justice, thus serving as a strategic and welcoming outlet for books in this series.&rdquo;</p> Petra Jans ('15) Published in the Journal of Natural Products Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:18:00 MST <p>Recently, the <em><a href="" target="_blank">Journal of Natural Products</a></em>&nbsp;published "<a href="" target="_blank">Cytotoxicity and Mechanism of Action of the Marine-Derived Fungal Metabolite Trichodermamide B and Synthetic Analogues</a>," first-authored by Petra Jans, 15, (Biochemistry major and Feminist &amp; Gender Studies minor).</p> <p>Petra is currently a PhD student in the School of Medicine at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Texas Health Science Center</a> at San Antonio, where she was elected by her classmates to&nbsp;serve on the <a href="" target="_blank">MD/PhD Student Council</a> during the 2015-2016 academic year.</p> Exhibit Examines Black Female Identities Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:15:00 MST ]]> <p>An exhibit currently on display at Louisiana&rsquo;s Alexandria Museum of Art titled <a href="">&ldquo;Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, &amp; Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women&rdquo;</a> was co-curated by&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Hunter-Larsen &rsquo;90</strong>, Colorado College&rsquo;s director of academic engagement and curator of interdisciplinary arts, and includes essays by four Colorado College faculty members. The exhibit recently received rave reviews in a <em>Huffington Post</em> article titled <a href="ttp://">&ldquo;Black Women Artists Tackle the Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The exhibit, which will be on display at CC&rsquo;s InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space for almost eight weeks in the spring, beginning<em> </em>March 27 and running through May 16, seeks to deconstruct the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists reveal the shoddy nature of the stereotypes in favor of challenging, poetic, and thorough visualizations of black culture ― the myth, the archetype, the self-portrait, and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colorado College faculty members who contributed essays are Heidi R. Lewis, assistant professor and associate director of Feminist and Gender Studies, author of &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement&rdquo;; Claire Oberon Garcia, professor of English and director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, author of &ldquo;African American Women Artists&rsquo; Magical Truths&rdquo;; and Kate Leonard, professor of art, and Jean Gumpper, lecturer in art, co-authors of &ldquo;Poetry of Process.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;This exhibition has presented a wonderful opportunity to share the work of a dynamic group of artists,&rdquo; says Hunter-Larsen. &ldquo;I am particularly thrilled by the accompanying publication, which features the contributions of an exciting group of scholars, artists, and writers. Together, the exhibition and publication provide multiple approaches to the issues surrounding representation.&rdquo;<br /><br />Notes the <em>Huffington Post</em> review, &ldquo;Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Schnitzer Foundation, home of the collection of prints from which the show was curated, is producing the exhibition catalogue, which will be available at the IDEA Space exhibition, says Hunter-Larsen.&nbsp;For a preview of the catalogue scholarship, Lewis&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement,&rdquo; is published in <a href=""><em>The Feminist Wire</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>The IDEA Space, located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts&nbsp;Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.,&nbsp;is open 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; closed holidays and CC block breaks.</p>