URI Department of Gender and Women's Studies

URI Department of Gender and Women's Studies Sustain a world where human diversity, nature, and spirituality is equally valued and supported.
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The discipline of Women's Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, fGender and reedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Women's studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly

or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, women's studies envision a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential. Women's studies use feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.

12/07/2023

Congratulations to James Haile III, of URI's Philosophy Department, for being awarded the Center's Humanities Subvention Grant!

Haile wins for his project, "The Dark Delight of Being Strange: Stories" which combines memoir, fiction, and philosophical prose with what Haile is calling the black speculative imagination to capture the central idea that black life is always already surreal and always already extraordinary. The book will be coming out with Columbia University Press.

To read more about Haile's project, head to our website: https://bit.ly/46Ui5Fm

Theater at URI:
12/05/2023

Theater at URI:

Congratulations El. You do such important work. GWS is proud of you 👏.
12/05/2023

Congratulations El. You do such important work. GWS is proud of you 👏.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is proud to spotlight Elliot/El Hartshorn (they/them). They are a junior from around Boston, MA, double majoring in Marine Biology and Gender and Women’s Studies. They have been working on many projects, including a mutual aid prisoner PenPal project, and has spoken at the RI Statehouse about issues affecting transgender people today. They are also the vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Association (SAGA).

El is currently working on a mutual aid group project in their GWS 350 class, Transgender Activism. They, along with their classmates, are becoming PenPals with incarcerated POC and trans people. El helped to create a project that focuses on helping to alleviate isolation and cultivate transformative justice in a society that targets POC and gender-variant people. Last year, on Trans Day of Visibility, they spoke at the RI Statehouse about their experiences as a white, disabled, transgender person. This was part of a nationwide “Marches for Q***r and Trans Youth Autonomy”. “We marched from a Providence school to the Statehouse as a result of detrimental anti-trans legislation passed and to spread awareness that trans people exist and we are simply going to stay,” said El. They also have made accomplishments within the field of marine biology as well, studying lacuna vincta. They were chosen to present their research at the SACAS conference in Portland, Oregon.

El is the Vice President of SAGA, which is a student organization focused on being a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to learn about LGBTQ+ liberation, highlight q***r activists who are not talked about enough, and empowering and supporting members of the club. “We aim to create a supportive and educational community where we can exist as ourselves without feeling obligated to perform in a specific way.”

“From the few classes I have taken, GWS has allowed me to not only get a better understanding of myself in terms of gender and s*xuality, but also to see more about the truth of the human condition.” This is why El decided to add GWS as a major. They are also interested in learning about westernization and the way it intersects with gender and the social construction of disability. Their favorite class so far has been Transgender Activism with Joy Ellison.

We here at the GWS department appreciate the work you all do, and today we focused on El. If you have someone you would like to nominate for a Student Spotlight, email [email protected] or [email protected].

This Thursday, 12/7, 2-6pm, Hardge Forum, MCSS, URI.
12/05/2023

This Thursday, 12/7, 2-6pm, Hardge Forum, MCSS, URI.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is proud to spotlight Elliot/El Hartshorn (they/them). They are a junior from ...
12/05/2023

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is proud to spotlight Elliot/El Hartshorn (they/them). They are a junior from around Boston, MA, double majoring in Marine Biology and Gender and Women’s Studies. They have been working on many projects, including a mutual aid prisoner PenPal project, and has spoken at the RI Statehouse about issues affecting transgender people today. They are also the vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Association (SAGA).

El is currently working on a mutual aid group project in their GWS 350 class, Transgender Activism. They, along with their classmates, are becoming PenPals with incarcerated POC and trans people. El helped to create a project that focuses on helping to alleviate isolation and cultivate transformative justice in a society that targets POC and gender-variant people. Last year, on Trans Day of Visibility, they spoke at the RI Statehouse about their experiences as a white, disabled, transgender person. This was part of a nationwide “Marches for Q***r and Trans Youth Autonomy”. “We marched from a Providence school to the Statehouse as a result of detrimental anti-trans legislation passed and to spread awareness that trans people exist and we are simply going to stay,” said El. They also have made accomplishments within the field of marine biology as well, studying lacuna vincta. They were chosen to present their research at the SACAS conference in Portland, Oregon.

El is the Vice President of SAGA, which is a student organization focused on being a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to learn about LGBTQ+ liberation, highlight q***r activists who are not talked about enough, and empowering and supporting members of the club. “We aim to create a supportive and educational community where we can exist as ourselves without feeling obligated to perform in a specific way.”

“From the few classes I have taken, GWS has allowed me to not only get a better understanding of myself in terms of gender and s*xuality, but also to see more about the truth of the human condition.” This is why El decided to add GWS as a major. They are also interested in learning about westernization and the way it intersects with gender and the social construction of disability. Their favorite class so far has been Transgender Activism with Joy Ellison.

We here at the GWS department appreciate the work you all do, and today we focused on El. If you have someone you would like to nominate for a Student Spotlight, email [email protected] or [email protected].

12/05/2023

OLLI at URI is a membership organization for all adults age 50 and older who want to participate in

12/05/2023

Next Monday, we are continuing the another Culture & Canvas series with a focus on the Native American Heritage, featuring alumna .

Space is limited and registration can be found in the bio.

is a revolutionary artist whose work decorates murals throughout the city of Providence. She entered URI through Talent Development and graduated with her B.A. in Art, and a minor in Theater.

This event brings community together to collectively express creativity while simultaneously embracing the culture. The work created through Culture & Canvas also decorates the shared spaces in the MSSC, which truly provides the student centered vibe.

This event is in collaboration with ✊🏽

If you have any questions, email Bobby at [email protected].

J-Term 24 course spotlight.
12/01/2023

J-Term 24 course spotlight.

In the news:
12/01/2023

In the news:

Activists said the designation could put L.G.B.T.Q. people and their organizations under threat of criminal prosecution for something as simple as displaying the rainbow flag.

In the news:
12/01/2023

In the news:

During a crucial period in American law — when abortion, affirmative action, s*x discrimination and voting rights were on the docket — she was the most powerful woman in the country.

TODAY, 11/28/23,  location changed to Swan Auditorium, 5pm.
11/28/2023

TODAY, 11/28/23, location changed to Swan Auditorium, 5pm.

“I think I was born to be a GWS major. From a young age I have always been passionate about social issues, I was that an...
11/28/2023

“I think I was born to be a GWS major. From a young age I have always been passionate about social issues, I was that annoying kid in class that challenged the teacher and always wanted to have debates. I have a defiant spirit and love critical thinking which made GWS just perfect for me. I think what's most important is that GWS excites me.”
The Gender and Women’s Studies Department is proud to spotlight Jae DosSantos. They are a junior from East Providence, Rhode Island, double majoring in Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies. They have been working on an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Workshop, they hope to turn this into a campaign, that focuses on q***r relationships due to the lack of resources and information. They are also the president of the Sexuality and Gender Association (SAGA).
Jae’s passion project surrounding IPV in q***r relationships started when they took Feminists in Action and had to create a hypothetical workshop, where they found out that IPV is more prevalent in LGBTQ relationships, and that very few people learn about q***r IPV. The LGBTQ+ community is more vulnerable due to the lack of talk and information surrounding the subject. They have started researching the student population, as well as all potential resources among URI staff (the counseling center, health services, campus security, and faculty). They hope to inspire this topic to be talked about more on campus.
Jae is the President of SAGA, which is a student organization focused on being a safe space for LGBTQ+ students to learn about LGBTQ+ liberation, highlight q***r activists who are not talked about enough, and empowering and supporting members of the club. Jae says, “...I think that SAGA is more important now than ever before. Q***r students need to know that no matter how hard the media and government is trying to put us back in the closet, we can always count on our community to be there to uplift us and to be a shoulder to cry on when it's all just too much.”
As for Jae’s education here at URI, the reason they chose GWS is because the subject matter is so crucial. They feel they were born to major in GWS, as they have a defiant spirit and are passionate when it comes to social justice. They are excited about the subject matter, and love critical thinking. They state that this world needs more people to teach and promote diversity, but also to point out discrepancies. Jae states that since they want to work in politics, it is important all their work is intersectional and helps liberate marginalized communities. As they put it, it “...leaves you daydreaming about the work that’s waiting for you on the other side of the graduation stage.” Their favorite GWS class has been Q***r Studies with Dr. Priety Kumar, and Jae would recommend it to every student.
We here at the GWS department appreciate the work you all do, and today we focused on Jae. If you have someone you would like to nominate for a Student Spotlight, email [email protected] or [email protected].

11/27/2023

Interested or intrigued by the idea of a federal career? Have you ever considered adding a foreign language (or improving one you already have some proficiency in) to your undergraduate studies?

The Boren Awards provide up to $25,000 to undergraduates to study a language deemed critical to US national security abroad. No prior language study is required. In 2023 6 of our 9 applicants won and two others were designated as alternates, making us a top producer (tied for 7th) of Borens in the nation!

Join us tomorrow on Zoom to hear from URI Alum and 2018 Boren Scholar Chase Hall, who currently works for the National Security Education Program which sponsors the Boren Awards.

Zoom link: bit.ly/URI-Boren-Nov28

11/26/2023
11/20/2023

Have you ever wanted to see more of the world? Do you want to help people through service or innovation?
Come and visit URI's Launch Lab on 11/28 while Ms. Kathleen Maher of the Office of National Fellowships & Academic Opportunities gives an introduction to global opportunities for learning outside of the classroom! These can include funding for workshops, voyages, and many other experiences that could improve your own personal and professional goals!

11/20/2023

Juniors who want to make a difference through public service or sophomores and junior STEM majors interested in research- this is a reminder that the Truman or Goldwater Scholarship may be for you! The deadline for the campus applications for both of these awards are November 28th, so make sure to apply!
Truman scholarship info: https://loom.ly/qxES7Fg
Goldwater scholarship info: https://loom.ly/sj5_hH8

11/18/2023

Join us for “The Breaking Point: Why are Women Leaving the Medical Profession?”
Monday, December 4, 2023
7:00-8:30 p.m. ET
via Zoom
RSVP required: https://buff.ly/471JLbU
The Friends of the Pembroke Center present this panel conversation featuring alumnae and Brown-affiliated physicians. The discussion will unpack documented trends in the field, and explore the perspectives of women in the medical profession, how the pandemic and other stressors have served as “last straws” for many, and what this means for the future of healthcare and women in the field.

Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by Brown Women's Network

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Brown Alumni Careers and Connections
Brown University

11/18/2023

Celebration of Life and Resilience

Recommended Watch: The Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture with focus on the importance of women’s leadership.
11/18/2023

Recommended Watch: The Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture with focus on the importance of women’s leadership.

Modernize workflows with Zoom's trusted collaboration tools: including video meetings, team chat, VoIP phone, webinars, whiteboard, contact center, and events.

11/17/2023
11/17/2023

The Mexican singer's song, whose title means "If They Kill Me," is nominated for best singer-songwriter song at the 2023 Latin Grammys, which takes place Thursday in Seville, Spain.

TODAY: 11/15
11/15/2023

TODAY: 11/15

11/15/2023

Celebrate Trans Day of Awareness on November 15 with special guest and author of Second Son, Transforming Manhood, and upcoming book Finding Me: Finding We, Ryan Sallans. The day starts with a conversation on trans inclusion at the Gender & Sexuality Center from 1-3! Don't miss the opportunity to see Sallans as he presents his "Transforming Manhood" Keynote from 6-8.

11/14/2023

International Education Week begins on Monday, November 13th with events at URI starting on Tuesday, November 14th. Check back for highlighted events and follow URI Office of International Students & Scholars for all the updates!

On Tuesday, November 14th at 12pm, check out the Harrington School Global Initiatives - Disaster, Sustainability, and Mobility hosting Doctoral Students from URI's EU-sponsored Project, "Legitimation of Newness and Its Impact on EU Agenda for Change (LNETN)" who will present their projects. Also, Visiting Scholar from Germany, Lutz Kolbe, will discuss URI's long-term collaboration with special emphasis on mobility.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Ranger Hall Lounge from 12-2pm. For more information on the event and to check out more IEW events, head here: https://bit.ly/3QTcoT8

Sherenté Harris at URI on 11/14. Inspiring event. Here are a few pics.
11/14/2023

Sherenté Harris at URI on 11/14. Inspiring event. Here are a few pics.

Congratulations Prof. Amelia Moore.
11/14/2023

Congratulations Prof. Amelia Moore.

A marine affairs professor talks transformation and conducting just, equitable science.

Congratulations Jasmin Valdivieso Sanches ’26, a double major in Political Science and GWS.
11/13/2023

Congratulations Jasmin Valdivieso Sanches ’26, a double major in Political Science and GWS.

"I grew up wanting to be a judge or a lawyer for immigration reform. But I realized that my ambition doesn't stop with trying to help people based on the current laws and policies. I want to be at the table, so I can try to fix things from the inside out.”

11/13/2023

Calling all changemakers!

Are you interested in international development or joining the Peace Corps? Join us on November 16th for a Peace Corps Prep Program (PCPP) Information Session. The session will inform interested students how the PCPP prepares you for a career in international service and beyond!

Register here: https://events.uri.edu/event/peace_corps_prep_program_pcpp_information_session_3685

From the NYT, 11/10/23. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni dumped her partner after leaks about come-ons to colleagues. But w...
11/10/2023

From the NYT, 11/10/23. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni dumped her partner after leaks about come-ons to colleagues. But workplace harassment is still being taken for granted...In the land that forgot, feminists and critics of Ms. Meloni had hoped that the prime minister might use the occasion as a long overdue teachable moment, a rare opportunity to reckon with the country’s patriarchy and its legacy of Catholicism’s traditionalism, Berlusconi’s hedonism and the failure of successive governments to create social services that could support more women to enter, stay in and excel in the work force.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni dumped her partner after leaks about come-ons to colleagues. But workplace harassment is still being taken for granted.

From the NYT, 11/10/23. Pope Francis, who has made reaching out to L.G.B.T.Q. Catholics a hallmark of his papacy, has ma...
11/10/2023

From the NYT, 11/10/23. Pope Francis, who has made reaching out to L.G.B.T.Q. Catholics a hallmark of his papacy, has made clear that transgender people can be baptized, serve as godparents and be witnesses at church weddings, furthering his vision of a more inclusive church....The pope’s embrace of transgender people’s participation in the church was revealed in a Vatican document that he approved on Oct. 31 and that was posted online Wednesday. It struck some transgender people and advocates of a more inclusive church as an “important” and encouraging step on a path toward a Roman Catholic Church that is more focused on opening its doors than keeping people out.

A document approved by Pope Francis lays out nuanced guidance in keeping with his vision of a more inclusive church, but it does not amount to a policy change in the church, the Vatican says.

Yesterday, 11/9, with Professor Joy Ellison.Thank you Dr. Ellison for sharing your timely and groundbreaking research wi...
11/10/2023

Yesterday, 11/9, with Professor Joy Ellison.Thank you Dr. Ellison for sharing your timely and groundbreaking research with the URI community.

11/09/2023

Join us in Ballentine 101 on Thursday, November 16th at 5pm to learn more about this prestigious funding opportunity. In the past 3 application cycles, URI has had 13 alumni and students selected as Fulbrights. You could be next! More information can be found here: https://loom.ly/ZHn5m5k

Today 11/9: Join us at the Hardge Forum for a talk by GWS Professor Joy Ellison, 5-6:15 pm.
11/09/2023

Today 11/9: Join us at the Hardge Forum for a talk by GWS Professor Joy Ellison, 5-6:15 pm.

Join us next week!
11/09/2023

Join us next week!

Today 11/9.
11/09/2023

Today 11/9.

Join us today at the Interfaith Festival for Mutual Understanding and Peace! URI College of Arts and Sciences University of Rhode Island URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies URI Multicultural Student Services Center URI Dining

11/09/2023

Are you currently a a junior interested in pursuing a graduate degree and career in public service, including government work, education at any level, military service, social work, nonprofit and advocacy organizations? Submit a pre-application to URI by Nov. 28th so you can be considered for this prestigious $30,000 award!

For more information about the Truman Award, follow this link: https://loom.ly/BkiNvwM

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The discipline of Women's Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, freedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Women's studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, women's studies envision a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential. Women's studies use feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.

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