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Support WGSS

WGSS has received numerous contributions from our friends, large and small. We are grateful for every gift that helps to support our work.

We have used the funding to support our "Decentering the West" lecture series, faculty travel to conferences, undergraduate course development, student internships and travel for research, books and films for our library, and many other enriching and important activities involving our community at every level. The benefits of this support are visible on our website, where you can learn about exciting graduate and undergraduate research. We have also used your support to develop the department's physical resources, such as furnishing our seminar room, upgrading the video equipment in our library, and expanding our library's collections.

Ways to Give Back

Any gift is much appreciated. Here are a few specific ways to help.

Help us attract exceptional faculty

Our current faculty exhibit nationally recognized strengths in humanities, social sciences, critical race studies, and transnational gender and sexuality studies. We hope to recruit additional faculty expertise in both transnational and ethnic studies.

Support postdoctoral fellowships

We intend to expand our postdoctoral fellow program from one fellow to supporting several each year. Postdoctoral fellows enrich WGSS by increasing the variety and depth of our coursework; employing the newest methodological and theoretical research approaches; sharing developing scholarship with university colleagues and students; and increasing the intellectual diversity of the postdoctoral cohort in Arts & Sciences.

Support the development of interdisciplinary graduate programs

We are working collaboratively with other university units on joint graduate programs that fully integrate feminist, gender, and sexuality studies in coursework and theses and in graduates' career plans in and outside of the academy.

Establish a conference series

We plan to create a series of intensive one-day conferences to draw scholars and students from around the world. Led by distinguished faculty, the series will generate exciting conversations on campus, help participants develop powerful scholarly networks, and advance research critical to gender equity among faculty and students here at Washington University.

How to Give

You can support Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at WashU by visiting the Alumni & Development website through the link below.

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Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you... it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind.

- Adrienne Rich, "Claiming an Education" (1977)