Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University Come Visit our Center throughout the week, for a cozy student space designed for studying, reading, a

The mission of the Women and Gender Studies Center is to bridge academic coursework with student development, leadership, and coalition building. We are designed to provide opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social inquiry and interrogation related to s*x; gender; gender identity/expression; s*xuality; intersections with race, ethnicity, class, (dis) ability, age, nationality, immigrati

on and citizenship status, and religion, through feminist, q***r and multiracial lenses, with a focus on global and transnational issues and public policy. We host lectures, offer student development opportunities, and participate in important programs such as Women's History Month and the Consent Carnival to raise awareness and promote a sense of community on campus. Learn more about our events, access some of our women and gender studies resources, and get involved by visiting us! Our program offers a major in Women and Gender Studies, as well as two minors: Women and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies. For graduate students, we offer a 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies.

Spring 2024 course alert! WMST 402: Q***r Theory is a course that examines the inconsistencies and erasures that often c...
12/05/2023

Spring 2024 course alert! WMST 402: Q***r Theory is a course that examines the inconsistencies and erasures that often characterize notions of s*x, gender, s*xuality, and s*xual desire. Sign up on Patriot Web!

Alt Text- Image has a blue background with rainbow details and text reads: Spring 2024, WMST 402-DL6 Q***r Theory. Tuesday 4:30-7:10 pm, online. Instructor Rachel Lewis. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Undergrads! Need a class to complete your Mason Core for next semester? Consider adding WMST 100: Global Representations...
12/05/2023

Undergrads! Need a class to complete your Mason Core for next semester? Consider adding WMST 100: Global Representations of Women and WMST 208: Intro to LGBTQ Studies. Sign up on Patriot Web!

Alt Text: Image has a light pink background and text reads Global Representations of Women, WMST 100. Section 004: Instructor TBD Mon. & Wed. 12pm-1:15pm In-person. Section 005: Instructor TBD Thurs. 3pm-4:15pm In-person. Section DL5: Rachel Lewis Online asynchronous. Questions? Email [email protected]. Second image has a light salmon background with text reading; WMST 208: Introduction of LGBTQ Studies. In-Person Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 to 2:45 pm. Instructor: David Powers Corwin. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Thank you to everyone that participated in our World AIDs Day event. We hope you left having learned something new!Alt t...
12/01/2023

Thank you to everyone that participated in our World AIDs Day event. We hope you left having learned something new!

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Image one: Image one is thanking guests for participating in World AIDs Day
Image two: The Women and Gender studies booth had books from our library, along with a Jeopardy activity to learn more about historical figures and events, resources, and current available programs.
Image three: Student Health Services had three people present to utilize a spin the wheel activity, along with supplementary protection supplies.
Image four: Students are gathered in front of the African and African American Studies booth to participate in their activity.
Image five: A professor had a booth dedicated to artwork relating to the AIDs Crisis
Image six: LGBTQ Resources office had two representatives with a posterboard titled "World AIDs Day". They also used videos to serve as education materials.
Image seven: Two images of the pizzas provided for completing all the activities

(1) Join us today from 11:30 am - 2 pm in JC George's 321 for World AIDS Day for "Community in Crisis: A Spotlight on Re...
11/30/2023

(1) Join us today from 11:30 am - 2 pm in JC George's 321 for World AIDS Day for "Community in Crisis: A Spotlight on Resilience". WGST and community partners will have free pizza, optional HIV registration, trivia questions, and more! Continue on for HIV/AIDS Library Highlights.

(2) Title "Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog" with description "Paul Monette | 1988". QR code to https://buff.ly/47xV1xb.

(3) Title "Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS" with description "Michael Klein | 1992". QR code to https://buff.ly/3RiHNOX.

(4) Title "Positive Women: Voices of Women Living with AIDS" with description "Andrea Rudd & Darien Taylor | 1992". QR code to https://buff.ly/3GgvFYJ.

(5) Title "Against Nature: Essays on History, Sexuality, & Identity" with description "Jeffrey Weeks | 1991". QR code to https://buff.ly/3RjdMyD.

How much do you really know about the HIV/AIDs global crisis? Want to expand your knowledge? Come to JC's Georges in roo...
11/29/2023

How much do you really know about the HIV/AIDs global crisis? Want to expand your knowledge? Come to JC's Georges in room 321 to participate in this event.

ALT TEXT:
Blue background with bubbles around listing activities such as "Free Pizza, Trivia, and optional HIV registration" on November 30th from 11:30 to 2:00 pm at the Johnson Center's Georges in room 321

Head to JC 240K this WEDNESDAY to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students c...
11/27/2023

Head to JC 240K this WEDNESDAY to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources).

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM".

Join us NEXT WEEK to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhe...
11/23/2023

Join us NEXT WEEK to celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources).

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM" and "JC 240K".

This week, we are highlighting indigenous voices and perspectives in our library! Stop by anytime the center is open to ...
11/23/2023

This week, we are highlighting indigenous voices and perspectives in our library! Stop by anytime the center is open to check out one of these books.

Alt text: This post contains images and brief descriptions of the following books: "Almanac of the Dead" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala" by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, "Flight" by Sherman Alexie, and "Dancing on the Rim of the World" by Andrea Lerner.

Sincerest thank you to everyone who joined us for Beyond the Book Club last week as we discussed Dirty Computer by Janel...
11/22/2023

Sincerest thank you to everyone who joined us for Beyond the Book Club last week as we discussed Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe! It was incredible to be in community with you all and we look forward to what's to come. Please stay tuned for the next meeting date for the Spring 2024 semester!

Alt text: The image is a purple background with lilac flower details and the text reads: Thank you for attending the first meeting of Beyond the Book Club!

The Women and Gender Studies Center is closed for the break. We will reopen on Monday, November 27.
11/21/2023

The Women and Gender Studies Center is closed for the break. We will reopen on Monday, November 27.

Join WGST and Folklore Roundtable to discuss the mythos around Thanksgiving and practices to incorporate decolonization ...
11/20/2023

Join WGST and Folklore Roundtable to discuss the mythos around Thanksgiving and practices to incorporate decolonization and indigenization. Discuss with us online or in-person at JC 240K the week of Thanksgiving Recess and register on Mason360!

Alt text: Headline states, "From Myths to Decolonization & Indigenization" with title "Deconstructing Thanksgiving Folklore" above WGST and Folklore Roundtable logos. Caption states, "November 21 | 3-4:15 pm | JC 240K & Online"

Register on Mason360! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources). ...
11/17/2023

Register on Mason360! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources). Celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals!

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM" and "JC 240K".

Take a look at the past semesters with us and some of their book selections! Visit JC 240K to check out our full library...
11/16/2023

Take a look at the past semesters with us and some of their book selections! Visit JC 240K to check out our full library.

1: Title "Library Highlights" with caption "Syllabi Selections" and QR code to https://buff.ly/3ukRLqf.

2: Title "Poor Q***r Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University" by Matt Brim. From WMST 602/890 (S22) Q***r Theory/Q***r of Color Critique and WMST 404/504 (S23) Gender, Sexuality, and Disability. LC: HQ75.15

3: Title "The Woman Next Door" by Yewande Omotoso. From WMST 630/890 (S22, F22, S23 Feminist Theories. LC: PR9369.O567

4: Title "The Transgender Studies Reader" by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. From WMST 399 (S23) LGBTQ Trauma/Mental Health. LC: HQ77.T72

5: Title "Undoing Gender" by Judith Butler. From WMST 307 (F22, S23) Women and Work. LC: HQ1075.B89

6: Title "Are Prisons Obsolete?" by Angela Y. Davis. From WMST 450/550 (F22) Le***an and Bis*xual Theories and WMST 600 (S23) Enterprising Black Women. LC: HV9471.D375

Register on Mason360! Celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywh...
11/11/2023

Register on Mason360! Celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources).

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM" and "JC 240K".

In recognition of this past week's elections, we have collected some relevant works from our WGST Center Library!1: Titl...
11/09/2023

In recognition of this past week's elections, we have collected some relevant works from our WGST Center Library!

1: Title "Library Highlights: Contemporary American Politics" above caption "Visit JC 240K!"

2: Title "Becoming by Michelle Obama" above Library Classification E909.024 and QR code to https://buff.ly/40vqRb2.

3: Title "Call Them by Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit" above Library Classification HN59.2 and QR code to https://buff.ly/3QuLtMc.

4: Title "Women, Power, and R**e Culture by Bonnie Stabile and Aubrey Leigh Grant" above Library Classification HQ1236.U6 and QR code to https://buff.ly/3ENDjc8.

5: Title "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo" above Library Classification E887.C55 and QR code to https://buff.ly/3QyvEUr.

6: Title "Cooking with Grease by Donna Brazile" above Library Classification E840.B725 and QR code to https://buff.ly/3QQC3M6.

WGST is thrilled to host the DEI Lecture, The Specter of Persecution: Q***r Women in N**i Germany with Samuel Clowes Hun...
11/09/2023

WGST is thrilled to host the DEI Lecture, The Specter of Persecution: Q***r Women in N**i Germany with Samuel Clowes Huneke. This virtual talk will explore the experiences of q***r women under N**ism, and the persecution they faced, while also highlighting their resistance to fascist rule. Happening November 15th, 12-1 pm. Sing up on Mason 360! https://buff.ly/40rpv17

Alt Text: Image has a dark green background and text reads The Specter of Persecution: Q***r Women in N**i Germany. November 15th, 12-1 pm, Virtual over Zoom. There is a picture of a person with text, Samuel Clowes Huneke underneath.

Check out this recap from our Halloween event! For more Events, check out our Mason360! ALT TEXT:First slide: Pink backg...
11/08/2023

Check out this recap from our Halloween event! For more Events, check out our Mason360!

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First slide: Pink background with stripes with the wording " Feminist and Q***r Horror Event Recap." along with fangs in the middle
Second Slide: " During this film, we had a discussion of what makes a film feminist and/or Q***r which was followed by viewing horror clips that fit into this category." The photo on the right is credited to Fox Atomics' film Jenifer's Body
Slide Three: Photos taken at the event.
Slide Four " Thank you all that came to our spooktacular event, It was fangtastic thanks to you" A ghost in the middle.

Hey community! WGST is hosting Beyond the Book Club: Black, Q***r, and Feminist Media next week, November 15th, 6-7:30 p...
11/08/2023

Hey community! WGST is hosting Beyond the Book Club: Black, Q***r, and Feminist Media next week, November 15th, 6-7:30 pm. at JC 240K, where we'll be discussing Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe. Sign up on Mason360! https://buff.ly/3QHF1mm

Alt text: Image is a dusty lavender background with a picture of Janelle Monáe's album cover and text reads; Beyond the Book Club: Black, Q***r, and Feminist Media. Join students in this non-a-book-club book club where the topic is Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe! Wednesday, November 15th 6 pm- 7:30 pm JC 240K. Free Snacks Provided!

Come to the Women and Gender Studies Center tomorrow, November 8th from 4:30-5:45 p.m. to test your cowboy trivia knowle...
11/07/2023

Come to the Women and Gender Studies Center tomorrow, November 8th from 4:30-5:45 p.m. to test your cowboy trivia knowledge and make tiny cowboy hats. See you there, partner! Register on Mason360: https://buff.ly/3SnzL8o

Alt Text: In pink lettering, the headline reads Rodeo Star: Q***ring the American Cowboy; November 8 from 4:30-5:45pm; Location: JC Room 240K. Horse is shown wearing a cowboy hat and boots on a grassy plain.

How much do you really know about the HIV/AIDs global crisis? Want to expand your knowledge? Come to JC's Georges in roo...
11/06/2023

How much do you really know about the HIV/AIDs global crisis? Want to expand your knowledge? Come to JC's Georges in room 321 to participate in this event.

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Blue background with bubbles around listing activities such as "Free Pizza, Trivia, and optional HIV registration" on November 30th from 11:30 to 2:00 pm at the Johnson Center's Georges in room 321

Ever wonder how you can apply Intersectionality to your daily life? Don't know where to start? Don't sweat it! You can l...
11/04/2023

Ever wonder how you can apply Intersectionality to your daily life? Don't know where to start? Don't sweat it! You can learn by attending November 7th's Intersectionality virtual meeting from 2:30 to 5:00! Sign up via Mason360.

lt text: Green background with flowers along with text "Intersectionality virtual Training 101. November 7th, 2:30-5:00. Link in Mason360. This Module is a basic training for students, faculty, and staff interested in applying intersectionality in their lives. Throughout this module, you and other colleagues will learn about what intersectionality is, and how it can be applied to in various areas of social justice work. There is a QR code with the text, Sign up on Mason360"

Curious about the intersectionality of STEM and Women and Gender Studies? Highlighted are some hand-selected books from ...
11/03/2023

Curious about the intersectionality of STEM and Women and Gender Studies? Highlighted are some hand-selected books from the WGST center's library.

Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources). Celebrate friendships ...
11/03/2023

Students can sit anywhere and play with fidget toys while they work (+ free brochures/resources). Celebrate friendships and chosen families in a space to prepare for finals! Register on Mason360!

Alt text: Title "Study with Buddies!" with details "29 NOV | 3-5 PM" and "JC 240K".

Ready for registration undergrads! Looking for an engaging elective to fill up your schedule for Spring 2024? Look no fu...
11/02/2023

Ready for registration undergrads! Looking for an engaging elective to fill up your schedule for Spring 2024? Look no further than WMST 100: Global Representations of Women, WMST 200: Intro to Women and Gender Studies, WMST 208: Intro to LGBTQ Studies, WMST 320/INST 310: Violence, Gender and Sexuality, and WMST 404: Gender, Sexuality, and Disability. Sign up on Patriot Web!

Alt Text: Image has a light pink background and text reads Global Representations of Women, WMST 100. Section 004: Instructor TBD Mon. & Wed. 12pm-1:15pm In-person. Section 005: Instructor TBD Thurs. 3pm-4:15pm In-person. Section DL5: Rachel Lewis Online asynchronous. Questions? Email [email protected]. Second image has a light lilac background and text reads; WMST 200- Intro to Women and Gender Studies. Available Sections, Section 005- Claudia Cabello Hutt Mon. & Wed. 10:30am-11:45am In-person Section DL5- Nichole Smith online asynchronous. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Third image has a light salmon background with text reading; WMST 208: Introduction of LGBTQ Studies. In-Person Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 to 2:45 pm. Instructor: David Powers Corwin. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Fourth image has a light pink background with text that reads; WMST 320/550-001/INTS 310: Violence, Gender, and Sexuality. In-person Thursday: 4:30-7:10 pm. Instructor: David Powers Corwin. Questions? Contact [email protected]. Last image is pink and blue and the text reads Spring 2024, WMST 404-DL4/WMST 504-DL4. INTS 475-DL1/ENGH 513-DL1. Gender, Sexuality, Disability, Instructor: Rachel Lewis. ONLINE W 4:30-7:10pm. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Thanks to the feedback from our wonderful community, we have moved Beyond the Book Club to a more suitable time! Join us...
11/01/2023

Thanks to the feedback from our wonderful community, we have moved Beyond the Book Club to a more suitable time! Join us in JC 240K, 6 p.m.-7:30, November 15th as we discuss Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe. Sign up on Mason360! https://buff.ly/3QHF1mm

Alt text: Image is a dusty lavender background with a picture of Janelle Monáe's album cover and text reads; Beyond the Book Club: Black, Q***r, and Feminist Media. Join students in this non-a-book-club book club where the topic is Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe! Wednesday, November 15th 6 pm- 7:30 pm JC 240K. Free Snacks Provided!

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The Women and Gender Studies programs at Mason are designed to give you a firm grounding in the theory and methodology of gender and help you better understand people, the relationships between s*x and gender, the impact of s*x, race, class, disability and s*xual orientation, gender identity and more. Connect with a research-minded faculty that will lead your exploration through an intersectional lens of topics such as women’s roles in social, political and economic life, women’s roles in history, women and the media, feminist theory and q***r theory. Acquire the tools to envision other alternatives to conventional stereotypes. We offer a Women and Gender Studies undergraduate major as well as an 18-credit undergraduate minor, and an 18-credit minor in LGBTQ Studies. Our graduate programs include 15-credit graduate Certificate and a 36-credit Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies. In the The Women and Gender Studies Center – a coalition that bridges academic coursework with student development, leadership and team building – you can get involved with many events, research opportunities and community activism.

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