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Reproductive Justice Fair
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Venue: Student Union (second floor)
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Who gets to decide what choices you make about your own body? TWU students deserve to be informed about their reproductive health and wellbeing. In conjunction with International Women’s Day and to support students in navigating their reproductive choices and the politics and policies that influence those choices, the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Department and cosponsors have organized a reproductive justice fair showcasing community resources relating to reproductive justice, including birth control, STI prevention and care, reproductive health, breastfeeding, and parenting, as well as information about how to get involved in the political process to influence reproductive justice policy. We’ll have candy, prizes, and vital information for TWU students’ reproductive lives!
Reproductive Justice Panel Discussion
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Venue: CFO 202
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Who gets to decide what choices you make about your own body? TWU students deserve to be informed about their reproductive health and wellbeing. The Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Department and cosponsors have organized a reproductive justice panel discussion in conjunction with International Women’s Day and to support students in navigating their reproductive choices and the politics and policies that influence those choices. Medical providers, activists, and elected officials will help students understand the politics and policies that directly impact their reproductive health. Free pizza will be provided!
We would like to congratulate:
- M.A. alumna Daisy Salinas, who initiated the Black and Brown Punk Fest for artists of color in San Antonio. Visit the Xingonas in the Pit Instagram page to view photos and learn more about the San Antonio decolonial feminist punk collective aimed at celebrating artists of color.
- Chelle Wilson, an M.A. student in the department of multicultural women's and gender studies, who was recently elected International Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first organization created by and for African American women, and Wilson was elected by the 19,000+ delegates at the 68th Convention.
- Associate professor Agatha Beins, Ph.D., whose book Liberation in Print: Feminist Periodicals and Social Movement Identity was featured in the Spring 2018 Schlesinger Library Newsletter (page 5). Her book draws on the archival holdings of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, a research library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
- Professor AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., who received an American Council of Learned Societies project development grant for her project Borderlands, Nepantlas: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Decolonial Vision. Keating was recently a guest speaker at “Nuestra Gloria", a 30th-anniversary celebration of the publication of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa at the Center for Mexican American Studies in the Rio Grande Valley.
- Esther Shina Ajayi-Lowo, who has been accepted to Syracuse University's highly selective Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute 2018, with the theme Just Academic Spaces: Decolonizing Knowledge, Creating Collaborative Communities! The Institute meets this summer at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, and is directed by Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Erica L. Williams.
- Doctoral candidate Allison Davis, who has been elected to the Wimberley City Council. Davis is a licensed professional counselor who also earned her MA in Women’s Studies and her MS in Counseling and Development at TWU.
- Doctoral student Reanae McNeal for receiving the NWSA Women of Color Caucus Student Essay Award for her essay, "Rhetorics of Survivance: African Native American Art as an Act of Resistance."
- Master’s student Susan Harper and doctoral student Sam S. Schmitt for their speaking opportunity at the Black Trans Advocacy Conference in Dallas. The students showcased their presentation titled, "Teaching Trans*: Pedagogies for Gender Inclusive Educational Spaces."
- Former doctoral student Lauren Cross for receiving the Third Annual Visionary Award from the Fort Worth Weekly for her multimedia art projects and the foundation of her gallery and events space, WoCA Project.
- Professor Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., for her interview with 91.5 KJZZ discussing "A Day Without Women" strike that took place on March 8, 2017.
- Our department for its recognition on April 6, 2017 by the TWU Graduate Student Council at the Pioneering Spirits Banquet for its ongoing support of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies graduate students.
From chronic illness to working with Sandra Cisneros, local poet Edyka Chilomé had a year to remember
Edyka Chilomé is a literary arts activist and cultural worker who uses the mediums of writing, poetry, speaking, teaching, community organizing, and performance. A queer child of Salvadorian and Mexican migrant activists, she was raised in social justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. Inspired by her inherited tradition and commitment, Edyka attained a B.A. in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Multicultural Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University, where her research focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [art]ivism.
With an extensive background in research and building narratives, TWU Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies alumna Tara Conley (M.A. '08) joined Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media as Assistant Professor of Transmedia Storytelling. Conley will be teaching two sections of Transmedia Projects and a course on Communication, Media and Gender.
By the time Esther Ajayi-Lowo earns her doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2021, she already will have amassed an impressive list of achievements. Since arriving at TWU in 2015 to study multicultural women’s and gender studies, she has received two International Peace Scholarships from the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO); published a book chapter chronicling the same-sex marriage prohibition act in Nigeria; and presented papers at national conferences on sexuality education, reproductive justice and female genital mutilation— all while balancing her personal commitments as a wife and mother to three young children.
Edyka Chilomé (M.A. '13) is a literary artist, performer, educator, and cultural worker based in North Texas. In addition to publishing numerous articles, essays, and poems, Chilomé recently co-organized the Disrupting Displacement: Art vs. Gentrification event with Vicki Meek as part of the Creating Place Learning Exchange series. Her AlternateRoots.org article, "Gentrifying the Conversation on Gentrification: Resisting the Performative Culture of Whiteness in Dallas Organizing", chronicles her experience organizing the Dallas event.
Agatha Beins, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the multicultural women's and gender studies master's program, has been awarded the UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship for her project, "An Invitation to Remember: Art, Activism and the AIDS Quilt." Beins will analyze the content and material qualities of the quilt to show the multiple paths it offered people to learn about HIV/AIDS and build community with those concerned about and impacted by the virus. She will draw on the activism in the Dallas/Ft Worth area as a case study to show the power of this art-activist project on a local scale.
On March 29, the Ithaca College Department of Women's and Gender Studies presented a talk on feminist activism in the 1970s by Agatha Beins, Ph.D., associate professor in the TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies. In the talk, Beins explored how feminist newsletters and newspapers provided both places and spaces where the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s could exist – in the pages of periodicals and in the streets.
Dr. Marcy Paul, who received her PhD in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies from TWU, has been appointed co-chair of the U.S. Academic Task Force on women in multicultural communities. As an assistant professor of health behavior and health systems at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, Dr. Paul’s research and teaching are focused on social justice, health equity and improving quality of life in maternal and child health as a means of building healthier communities for current and future generations.
MWGS and WSGSA co-host 'Sex, Love and Reproductive Justice'
The TWU Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, Women's Studies Graduate Student Association (WSGSA), Department of Health Studies, Campus Alliance for Resource Education (CARE) and Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach co-hosted "Sex, Love and Reproductive Justice" on Feb. 14, 2018. The panel discussed consent, choice, safe sex and other reproductive justice issues.
Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham gave an "Introduction to Reproductive Justice" talk. Dr. Rosemary Candelario (Associate Professor of Dance) talked about "Choices and Reproductive Justice", Dr. Kimberly Parker (Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies) talked about "Reproductive Health at the intersection of Race and Gender." Foluso Oluade (MWGS Ph.D. student) discussed "Healthy Sexuality and Consent," and Esther Ajayi-Lowo (MWGS Ph.D. student) moderated the anonymous question and answer portion of the panel. Esther Ajayi-Lowo initiated the planning of the event and chaired the planning committee, which included Dr. Phillips-Cunningham and MWGS doctoral students Foluso Oluade, Elia S. Tamplin and Marcella Clinard.
Chelle Luper Wilson, daughter of the late Oklahoma City civil rights activist, Clara Luper, delivered an impassioned keynote address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday, January 15, 2018. Wilson is pursuing her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at Texas Woman's University.
Professor AnaLouise Keating participates in the Smithsonian Institution's Gloria Anzaldúa panel
AnaLouise Keating, Ph.D., professor and director of the doctoral program at TWU's Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, was a featured speaker in a recent panel celebrating the life and works of noted social theorist and activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa. "Remembering Gloria Anzaldúa: A Tribute to the Iconic Borderlands Writer and Thinker" took place at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2017. Keating is the editor of Anzaldúa's Interviews/Entrevistas and Light in the Dark/Luz en to oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality. Watch the webcast >>
Edyka Chilomé, a spoken word artist and recent graduate of TWU's Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies M.A. program, has been featured on KERA's Art & Seek Artist Spotlight. According to Chilomé, "there is an urgency for me to be a brown mestiza mujer in this place, in this land to be visible, to tell the stories to recollect the stories to make sure that we’re educating our young people. To make sure that we’re upholding community spaces like the one we’re sitting in right now."
Esther Ajayi-Lowo, a doctoral student in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship. The International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduate study in North America to select women from countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Michael Franklin, a graduate of the TWU Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies master of arts program, has been named the winner of this year’s National Education Association’s Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. The association recognizes one educator annually for outstanding contributions to world peace and exceptional mentorship of young students.
As our nation’s current political climate continues to ignite serious concern surrounding racial inequality, the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association (WSGSA) addresses these issues to ensure that students have a voice at TWU through various on-campus film screenings and discussions.
Determined to explore how gender, race and class distinctions shape our societies and customs, TWU women’s studies graduate student Annu Daftuar is completing a human rights program internship at The Carter Center. Founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, the prestigious Atlanta-based organization is committed to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.
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