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First WGS Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at the University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Asha Dane'el
B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, 2008

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas at the U.S.-Mexico international border. I consider West Texas different from the other parts of Texas; some would even say it's part of New Mexico. But I am a proud Texan and a border resident. I loved living in El Paso, though I knew I wanted to leave and go to a new city. I had been to UT Austin when I was in 10 years old and I knew it was a special place. I applied and was accepted as a Longhorn Scholar.

When I was a freshman, I wanted to take some of my core classes, but at the same time, there were so many other interesting classes to take! I ended up taking quite a few Women & Gender studies courses, because I had always been a feminist and wanted to explore feminism at more of an intellectual level. This was before WGS was even a major. Now I am one of the first two WGS majors at UT Austin!

First WGS Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at the University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Rebecca Villarreal
B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, 2008

I started out at UT as a Japanese Language and Culture major. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at the time, and I was interested in Japan, but after taking a few courses that were cross-listed with Anthropology I decided I was more interested in culture in general. I think that most people spend at least part of their time in college exploring their identities in the context of the world as they discover it's a bigger place than they might have imagined it was in high school.

For me this exploration was a big deal because as a nerdy, queer, third-generation immigrant, punk-rock Chicana I've never really known where I belong or what I should aspire to be like. I switched my major to Anthropology in my second year and added on Women's and Gender studies as a minor because I wanted to learn more about the intersections of ide

Lulu Flores, CWGS Community Advisory Board

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Lulu Flores - Attorney and community leader. Currently, Flores is President of the National Women's Political Caucus, President of the MexicArte Museum Board, and on the board of Leadership Austin. In the past, she served as President of the Texas Political Caucus, legislative coordinator for the Mexican-American Bar Association, and two terms as chair of the Women's Advocacy Board.

CWGS faculty affiliate Laurie Green wins 2008 Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize

Thu, Aug 7, 2008

The 2008 Philip Taft Labor History Book Prize was awarded to Laurie Green, an assistant professor in the Department of History, for her book Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle.

The prize committee said the book "is a highly original contribution to the labor historiography of race, gender and class in an important southern city during the crucial period for civil rights movement mobilization at the grassroots."

A $1,500 cash award comes with the prize named for Professor Philip Taft, who was one of America's first historians of the nation's labor movement.

Laurie Green earned her Ph.D. at University of Chicago. Her central research areas include the politics of race and gender in the twentieth-century U.S.; social movements; cultural studies. Her research was featured on the UT Home Page in January 2006: Marching on Memphis.

Dr. Green teaches modern U.S. history, with concentration

Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, CWGS Faculty Affiliate

This spring, Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz was awarded the Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award in Women's and Gender Studies for her work with CWGS.

Tue, May 13, 2008

Noël Busch-Armendariz is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, teaching graduate courses in administration and planning, social policy, research, and domestic violence. She also recently developed a course on sexual assault. Dr. Busch-Armendariz is the Principal Investigator of the UT Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. IDVSA is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the School of Nursing, and the School of Law with over a dozen other affiliate community organizations. Since joining UT six years ago, Dr. Busch-Armendariz has managed over $1.4 million dollars of external funding and previously directed research for the Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission. To date, she has managed more than 20 research projects. Her areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, victim

Prudence Komujinya, WGS MA '08

Tue, May 13, 2008

Ms. Prudence Komujinya is from Uganda and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education majoring in Literature and English from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. She also holds a Post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from The Uganda Management Institute Kampala Uganda. Prudence taught Literature and English at Muntuyera High School in Ntungamo District Uganda and later co-founded The Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda where she worked as a Case worker and Programme officer.

In 2006, Prudence won a scholarship from Ford Foundation International Fellowship programme and enrolled for a Masters in Women's and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In recognition to her contribution in bettering the lives of disadvantaged women and children in Uganda, The World Bank Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund awarded Prudence's a research grant that Prudence used to conduct research for her MA thesis. Prudence's thesis examines the im

Dr. Matt McGlone, Communications Studies

Dr. McGlone is a CWGS Faculty Affiliate

Tue, Apr 22, 2008

Dr. Matthew McGlone (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994) investigates the cognitive, cultural, and psychological foundations of interpersonal communication and persuasion. His primary research interest is the linguistic strategies people use to overcome communication challenges.

Dr. Matt McGlone first became interested in the influence of stereotypes on academic performance as an undergraduate statistics instructor in the 1990s. He was perplexed to observe many talented women and ethnic minority students stumble on standardized tests, despite appearing to master concepts in homework, class discussions and one-on- one interaction.

Catherine Jones, MA Student

Fri, Apr 11, 2008

Catherine is from Long Beach, Mississippi and came to Austin in 2000. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from UT in 2004. She traveled the country, living in Chicago and L.A., before returning to UT in 2006 to earn her Master's in Women's and Gender Studies. Her goal in continuing her education is to become the best agent of social justice possible, and in approaching the end of this portion of her academic career she believes her pursuit of a Master's in WGS has served her well in reaching for this goal.

Her academic interests include: the historic and continuing marginalization of feminist of color texts in the WGS cannon and the colonizing effects of white U.S. women's activism across borders. Her Master's thesis explores the colonizing effects and discourses of white women's activism and how this activism is not only ineffectual but harmful to local efforts for gender equality in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Catherine will graduate in the summer of 2008

15th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Conference

This is the student conference. Please note the Gender and Technology Conference will take place April 10-11th (see Watch For box in upper right hand corner).

Mon, Mar 3, 2008

On Thursday, April 3rd, CWGS will host its fifteenth annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Conference in Walter Webb Hall. We are pleased to have student participants traveling to our campus from outside of UT, and even from outside the U.S., to present papers on a breadth of gender-related scholarship. This graduate student conference will afford participants and interested audiences an opportunity to explore topics, like sexuality and the representations of gender in popular culture.

Panels Include: "Representations in Pop Culture" "Sexuality" "Girlhood" "Gender and Education" "Narrative as Social Critique" "Technology" "Politics, the State, and Gender" "Gender and Property" "Health and Family" "Attitudes, Values, Interests, and peer Relations Among Girls' Within Single-Sex Schools: Data from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders"

Keynote address at noon: Gender and Video Games

Importance of Careful Mate Selection

Dr. Kelly Raley, associate professor of sociology and affiliate of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, says the negative health consequences of a bad marriage and divorce underscore the importance of why individuals should be extremely careful in mate selection.

Mon, Mar 3, 2008

In addition to her research on relationships, Dr. Kelly Raley is an investigator of the PRC's Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement study.

In the study, "Not Even if You Were the Last Person on Earth," Raley examined how the process of mate selection influences the timing of marriage.

The median age of marriage has climbed steadily since the early 1970s. In 1970, the median age for women to marry was 20.8 and for men, 23.2. By 1995, both men's and women's median age at marriage had increased 3.7 years, to 26.9 and 24.5, respectively.

"An explanation for delays in marriage past age 23 could be that there is a growing mismatch between what men are looking for in a mate and what women are looking for," Raley says. "If both men and women hope to improve their financial status by marrying a higher-earning spouse, it will take longer for both to find a suitable mate."

Raley found that men who were unwilling to marry a woman who earned

Brandi Matthews-James, MA Student

Mon, Feb 18, 2008

Brandi Matthews-James is a second year MA student in the Women's and Gender Studies program. Her research interests include Caribbean literature, African-Cuban tales and folkore and the representation of women in these folkloric tales. Brandi is currently writing her master's report on Lydia Cabrera's Afro-Cuban Tales, the Yoruba religious sphere and women's representation in both.

Also within academia, Brandi is a strong advocate of improving diversity at the University of Texas and creating spaces for women of color on campus. With four of her friends last semester, she had the opportunity to help establish the organization and blog space "Inscribe Me Hollerin.' " She and her fellow colleagues wanted to create a group where women of color on the UT campus could come together and have a space for any creative artistic endeavor of their choosing. Brandi is also a part of another campus organization called the Arts Collective for Diver

Azure D. Osborne-Lee, MA '08

Wed, Jan 9, 2008

Azure is currently a second year master's student in the Women's and Gender Studies program. She graduated from the University of Texas in May 2005 with her BA in English, and completed her BA in Spanish in August 2005 after studying in Cordoba, Argentina. Azure is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students and an Editor for the Office of Admissions. She also works as a puppeteer with Outreach Productions, a local non-profit organization dedicated to increasing and promoting childhood literacy. Azure currently serves as the historian of the UT Black Graduate Student Association and the Communications Director of the UT Graduate Student Assembly.

Her research interests include black women's hair culture and practices, late 20th century African-American and Chicana literature, and the representation of black women in modern film.

Azure received the University of Texas National Achievement Scholarship from 2002 to 2005, the Chic

Cathy Bonner finalist for 'Texan of the Year'

Fri, Jan 4, 2008

Cathy Bonner is business woman, philanthropist, and member of the CWGS Community Advisory Board. She was considered for the 2007 Texan of the Year award by the Dallas Morning News. Originally from Dallas Texas, she earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cathy Bonner is an entrepreneur in the fields of communication, marketing, and cable television. She was also executive director of the Texas Department of Commerce from 1991 to 1994 during the Richards administration. She is the president of the board and founder of The Women's Museum in Dallas. She also helped to found Leadership Texas and is on the board of directors for the Foundation for Women's Resources.

Cathy Bonner was a founding member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Recently, she led the effort in creating the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, then lobbied for funding which came when Texas voters last November approved Proposition 15 t

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