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IDS/Gender & Sexuality Studies Are Featured in the College of Arts & Sciences Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Bejarano

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Bejarano from the Interdisciplinary Studies Department! She was honored as the Justice Studies Outstanding Alumni PhD at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation’s Awards Ceremony in September. In addition, Dr. Bejarano was the invited Alumni Lecturer at the ceremony. The School of Social Transformation inspires students to generate creative approaches to persistent social challenges through teaching, research, and community collaboration.

Past Events


Women in Leadership Salon with Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
The United State of Women Organization, in partnership with the USOW Galvanize New Mexico Host Committee and New Mexico State University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the Gender Studies Program will host a Women’s Leadership Salon, with local New Mexico leaders and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett on October 1, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the NMSU College of Health and Social Services (H&SS) Auditorium. 
Valerie Jarrett served as the senior advisor to President of the United States Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs from 2009 to 2017.
The United State of Women, a nonprofit located in Washington, DC takes the lead on hosting this Galvanize Program in cities across the country as a way to connect women to each other in their communities to learn from one another and tackle important issues in their surrounding areas.
Patti Wojahn, Interdisciplinary Studies Department Head of Gender & Sexuality Studies at NMSU notes, “We in the Las Cruces region are fortunate to be selected as a host site to hear from an internationally known leader, Valerie Jarrett, a woman who has served as a role model and leader for women’s equality across decades at a time when women continue to encounter barriers, personally and professionally in our nation.” 

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Girls Tech Camp

This summer, local girls from Grades 6 through 8 participated in NMSU’s Gender & Sexuality Studies’ “Girls Tech Camp: Girlhood Remixed,” a camp designed to encourage engagement with technology and exploration of identity at a time when girls have been found to turn away from interests in technology. Gender & Sexuality Studies is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.


In this camp, girls used new technologies, including Photoshop, InDesign, iMovie, to explore aspects of stereotypes, identity and being a girl in 2018. After analyzing how girls are represented in media and in other venues, the girls used various software programs to create alternative perspectives through  public service announcement commercials, made websites based on their interests, learned about blogging and vlogging, among other activities designed to prompt analysis of the way “gender” is represented today. and to consider constraints of gendered stereotyping. One camper mentioned, “The most important thing I learned at this camp was about how to be more brave and believe just because we are female, it doesn’t define what we can and cannot do…we females can do anything we want, we just need the confidence to do so.” Another mentioned she enjoyed “learning about how to encourage and incorporate girls in STEM + STEAM.”

Camp Directors included Natalie Taylor, PhD candidate from Rhetoric and Professional Communication, and Diana Lopez, recent NMSU graduate who as part of her triple major earned a degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies. [#] student volunteers from across campus [could name specific departments] also supported the girls in learning about identity and technology. Read more about the camp here:


The camp was funded primarily through El Paso Electric, the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and anonymous donors.


Here are some sample photos, with one from Closing Ceremony of girls watching themselves on a slideshow they had made.


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