We are pleased to share with you the accomplishments of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS). Our center continues to excel in research, teaching
One of this past year’s highlights was the successful launch of three initiatives that will expand our center’s academic reach and community involvement. The center initiatives
I am also proud to announce that the CWGS has secured two prestigious grants: the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant (NSF IT) and a Ware Foundation Grant. The NSF IT grant aims to make FIU a friendlier and more family-oriented environment for women and minorities. These goals will be achieved at FIU through a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, Bystander Intervention Training and STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence). The Ware Foundation Grant will bring South Florida and FIU communities together through education and activism which will bring awareness to prevention tactics.
In the past academic year, 8,638 students were enrolled in CWGS courses. We continue to see an increase in engagement with our internship program, up from just 16 students in 2015 to 23 students in 2017. That’s almost a 50% increase in just one academic year, and we are expecting to see even more gains next year. The CWGS is now serving over 200 students and has been ranked one of the top ten academic departments for advancing Global Learning at FIU. Many of our students have served as interns in programs that range from Planned Parenthood to the Women’s Fund of
We also continued to help our South Florida community by organizing several signature events, including the South Florida arm of the National Women’s March, the Women in Politics event and the 7th Annual Women Faculty Leadership Conference. Each of these events is meant to engage women and minorities at FIU and show there’s always a path forward. Through these events, we hosted the Mothers of the Movement and local lawmakers. We hope to continue forging connections and opportunities for our FIU community.