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Mission

In keeping with the land grant mission of New Mexico State University to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse populations, Gender and Sexuality Studies provides and supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and outreach initiatives on women, gender, gender identity, sexuality, race, and other categories of difference. Underlying these endeavors is a fundamental commitment to intersectionalty, inclusion, and social justice.


NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS 

Where: CMI Theatre, 2915 McFie Circle, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003
When: November 30, 11am-1pm
Who: public screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery), Dr. Laura Anh Williams (Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies), in collaboration with Amy Lanasa and Evan Curtis (Creative Media Institute), and the students of CMI 303 Cinema Review.
What: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis. 

This event is a co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. Free and Open to the Public.

Read more information:

http://visualaids.org/projects/detail/alternate-endings-activist-risings

Remembering Visualizing Palestine at New Mexico State University

In March 2018, Dr. Manal Hamzeh organized an exhibition of Visualizing Palestine at New Mexico State University for an annual social justice symposium titled “Indivisible Justice: Beyond Walls & Borders.” This video is an excerpt of the conversation.

Special thanks to Dr. Manal Hamzeh. 
Video credit: Jordan Kapreski
View the full video: J. Paul Taylor Symposium 2018

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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.” 
 

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: https://girlhood-remixed-2018.weebly.com/camp-leaders.html

 

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

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