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  • 2018


    Students propose programs to bring sexual assault awareness

    Monday May 7, 2018

    Students had the opportunity to have their voice heard on how to combat sexual assault, thanks to the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

    CWGS article in the Miami Herald

    Monday May 7, 2018

    "Following the wave of the #MeToo movement, the inaugural class, taught by professor Vicki Burns, addressed the unique risk factors specific to college students and rape on campus, how biases like sexism and racism intersect with sexual violence, and Title IX investigations on college campuses."

    Dr. Vicki Burns receives HERStory Award

    Tuesday May 1, 2018

    CWGS Instructor Dr. Vicki Burns was awarded the 2018 FIU Panhellenic Council HERStory Award. This award recognizes a faculty/staff on campus who has been dedicated to empowering women at Florida International University. This is the third annual HERStory Awards ceremony where the Panhellenic Council has honored those in the Panhellenic and FIU community. Dr. Burns was recognized for her role in FIU’s first student campus climate survey on sexual assault and first course on campus sexual assault.


    Fall 2018 - WST 3644 U01 - Introduction to Transgender Studies

    Tuesday April 10, 2018

    WST 3644 U01 - Mondays 5:00pm - 7:40pm - Dr. Justin Grant Select Course Topics: - Trans activism and political organizing - Trans & medical care - Global trans cultures - Trans in literature and film - Feminist and queer approaches to trans

    Center for Women for Gender studies hosted our annual event raising women's voices: FIU's 100 women

    Thursday April 5, 2018

    Today, the Center for Women for Gender studies hosted our annual event raising women's voices: FIU's 100 women. This year we honored women innovators, highlighting their achievements that uplift their communities and also acknowledging the hurdles they had to overcome. Each panelist had their chance to speak to a packed room and inspire the audience to fight for their representation and dreams. We'd like to extend our thanks to those who attended and we hope to see you next year!


    Fall 2018 - Introduction to Transgender Studies - WST 3644 U01

    Tuesday March 20, 2018

    Mondays 5:00-7:40pm Select Course Topics: - Trans activism and political organizing - Trans & medical care - Global trans cultures - Trans in literature and film - Feminist and queer approaches to trans

    LGBTQ+ Diversity Matters Event

    Thursday March 1, 2018

    This morning CWGS had a standing room only event for the Zero Discrimination Day, LGBTQ+ Diversity Matters. It was so successful that the Center plans on making it a CWGS signature event every year on Zero Discrimination Day.


    Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies

    Wednesday February 28, 2018

    It's that time for CWGS students to submit their applications for the Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 14, 2018.


    Stacey J. Oddman M.D. CARI-STEM First Gen Scholarship

    Tuesday January 30, 2018

    Are you a FT student pursuing an FIU degree in a STEM field? Then this scholarship is for you - and the deadline is coming fast - Feb. 9, 2018. Preference given to first generation students of Caribbean descent.

    CWGS hosted German Consul General, Annette Klein

    Thursday January 25, 2018

    On January 25th, 2018, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies hosted German Consul General, Annette Klein, to kick off FIU's inclusion in a global poster exhibition on "Women in STEM." The event was held in GC 355 and was standing-room only by the end of the event.

    Student Media hosted interactive sexual assault forum

    Thursday January 25, 2018

    Hosted on Thursday, Jan. 25, the forum was moderated by Raquel Perez, instructor of Communications. The panel was comprised of Sharon “Sherry” Aaron, director of FIU’s Victim Empowerment Program; Victoria Burns, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; Dr. Antonio “Tony” Delgado, interim dean of students; Fred Blevens, a professor from the School of Communication + Journalism; and Shirlyon McWhorter, Title IX coordinator and director of Equal Opportunity Programs.

    Dr. Burns with IHeartRadio discusses FIU's new campus sexual assault course

    Tuesday January 9, 2018

    FIU Center for Women and Gender Studies Professor Dr. Vicky Burns discusses “It’s not Just Locker Room Talk- Understanding and Preventing Campus Sexual Assault”, FIU's new course.

  • 2017


    Dr. Burns - guest speaker at "Just Another Assault" at FIU

    Wednesday December 6, 2017

    CWGS' own Dr. Burns was a guest speaker at “Just Another Assault” hosted by FIU’s Panhellenic Council. The event took place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Student Academic Support Complex at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The talk featured Bonny Shade, a sexual assault survivor and included a powerful message on sexual assault, rape culture and recovery. Dr. Burns was at the event in order to empower our student population to take a stand against sexual assault through our new campus clim

    CWGS's Human Trafficking Course - Sandy Skelaney's student

    Monday December 4, 2017

    So proud of Sandy Skelaney's student who just became a finalist for iChangeFIU's Social Innovation Challenge. She won $500 and now competes for $7500 to launch a new program that she designed in her class to develop a training program for Americorps members to identify youth survivors of sex trafficking in high schools. Her students are turning class assignments into actual programs!

    CWGS's new course on sexual assault is in the FIU News!

    Friday December 1, 2017

    FIU's CWGS is joining an elite few universities to offer an academic course on understanding and preventing campus sexual assault. The course — “It’s Not Just Locker Room Talk: Understanding and Preventing Campus Sexual Assault” — will be offered this spring, covering factors that contribute to the incidence of sexual assault and ways to prevent it, taught by Dr. Vicki Burns.


    Dr. Susanne Zwingel wrote a reflection piece on sexual harassment

    Thursday November 30, 2017

    Dr. Susanne Zwingel wrote a reflection piece on sexual harassment - just published on Class, Race and Corporate Power.

    Announcing the appointment of Dr. Yesim Darici, Assistant Provost, STEM

    Monday November 27, 2017

    In addition to her current roles as the Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS), Professor of Physics, and Co-PI of the NSF Institutional Transformation grant, this role will allow Dr. Darici to continue her efforts to increase diversity and inclusion at FIU.

    CWGS graduate student, Allison Sardinas, and the New Times

    Monday November 13, 2017

    Allison was quoted several times regarding the New Times article on "FIU College Republican Leader Quits Over Disgusting Hate in group Texts".

    Great get-together at our lecture: Armenians in Post-Genocide Turkey

    Thursday November 9, 2017

    Lerna Ekmekcioglu is a historian of the modern Middle East and an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Program. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, she joined the CWGS and SIPA to deliver a talk about Armenians in post-genocide Turkey. Many faculty, staff, and students came out for this interdisciplinary event so that they could understand how gender and class affects coexistence and conflict in modern Turkey.

    SPRING 2018 - great internship opportunity: FIU's Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity

    Tuesday November 7, 2017

    The FIU Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED) seeks an intern for SPRING 2018. AWED develops and manages a wide range of programs to promote faculty equity, diversity, and inclusion, including workshops and trainings to improve faculty hiring and promotion processes, faculty mentoring, and interdisciplinary networking.


    CWGS and the Florida Working Group to End Child Marriage

    Friday October 27, 2017

    Our Center's graduate student Allison Sardinas and Sandy Skelaney joined the Florida Working Group to End Child Marriage at a Senate Judiciary Committee in Tallahassee to support Senator Benaquisto’s bill SB 140, banning marriage for people under 18 in Florida! #PantherPride #EndChildMarriage

    CASE Faculty Awards

    Monday October 16, 2017

    Congratulations to Dr. Yesim Darici, the director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and our affiliated faculty, Professors Laurie Shrage, Nadja Schreiber Compo, Joyce Fine, Jennifer Rehage, Elisa Trucco, Jennifer Richards. Cynthia Chinelly, Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Paige Telan, Phillip Carter, and Caroline Simpson for being awarded the CASE Awards for Engagement, Research, Service, and Teaching!

    Faculty Convocation 2017 Awardees

    Sunday October 15, 2017

    Congratulations to Professors Phillip M. Carter and Rachel A. Ritchie, two of our affiliated faculty members, for being awarded for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Gateway Teaching!

    Congratulations to Dr. Yesim Darici - Recipient of the FIU Patent/Inventor's Award

    Tuesday October 10, 2017

    The Center for Women's and Gender Studies Director, Dr. Yesim Darici was a recipient of the FIU Patent/Inventor's Award on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Kenneth G. Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President & Andrés G. Gil, Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dean of the University Graduate School, hosted a prestigious reception for the inventors.

    Defining Leadership through Action: An Interview with Dr. Yesim Darici

    Monday October 9, 2017

    Yesim Darici, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies was featured in the Fall 2017 Association for Women in Science Magazine.


    How 3 women are changing the face of STEM

    Monday September 11, 2017

    Because of Zahra Hazari, Yesim Darici and Natasha Blanch's efforts and others like them, the days of women being under-represented in STEM careers could come to an end.


    Decolonizing Gender Roles in Pacific Women's Writing

    Saturday July 29, 2017

    Dr. Michaela Moura-Kocoglu, postdoctoral associate for the Center for the Women's and Gender Studies, has had her article published by the Oxford University Press under Contemporary Women's Writing.

    Florida International Researcher Wins Award from Latino Aging Research Resource Center

    Thursday July 20, 2017

    Dr. Gladys Ibañez, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, is one of four researchers in the country to receive funding from University of California at Davis’ Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) for its 2017-2018 pilot program.


    FIU neuroscientist becomes president of University of Liberia

    Friday June 9, 2017

    Ophelia Weeks spent more than 30 years as a neuroscientist with FIU, joining the faculty in 1986. She served as director of QBIC — Quantifying Biology in the Classroom — an in-depth biological sciences program and was an affiliate faculty member of what would become the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.


    Civic activist, feminist, trailblazer Roxcy Bolton dies at 90

    Thursday May 18, 2017

    Roxcy O’Neal Bolton, the founding mother of Florida’s modern feminist movement and a rambunctious, feather-ruffling presence on its civic and political landscape, died Wednesday in the city she championed and challenged for almost five decades. She was 90.

    FALL 2017 - Sex Trafficking Course - REGISTER NOW

    Monday May 1, 2017

    SEX TRAFFICKING WST 4930 U01 / INR 4931 U02 SPECIAL TOPICS M|W|F @ 12 – 12:50 pm


    PantherNOW article on CWGS's new transgender course

    Monday April 24, 2017

    The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will offer a new course in the fall focusing on the transgender experience. Following the lead of other universities, the course is the first step for what the Director of the Center, Yesim Darici, hopes to evolve into a transgender studies initiative.

    Dr. Asia Eaton helps Marine Corps tackle cultural change after social media porn scandal

    Thursday April 13, 2017

    Psychology professor, Asia Eaton helps Marine Corps tackle culture change

    Women In Science

    Monday April 3, 2017

    CWGS Director Dr. Yesim Darici was invited as a panelist for FIU's 5th annual Women in Science Seminar!


    NEW! WST 3015 Course at BBC

    Wednesday March 29, 2017

    Registration is now open for our new WST 3015 Introduction: Global Gender and Women's Studies at BBC!

    Registration Open for Global Women's Writing Course

    Wednesday March 29, 2017

    Registration is now open for our WST 3120 Global Women's Writing: Gendered Experiences Across Societies & Cultures with Dr. Michaela Moura-Kocoglu

    NEW! Introduction to Transgender Studies

    Wednesday March 29, 2017

    Enroll in our new course WST-4930 Introduction to Transgender Studies with Dr. Justin Grant for Fall 2017!

    20th Anniversary of CWGS's BA Program - "Women's Rights in Miami"

    Thursday March 9, 2017

    To celebrate CWGS 20th Anniversary of our BA Program we hosted "Women's Rights in Miami" were we talked about different organizations in our community that are currently working on initiatives for LGBT and Gender Equality. Speakers included FIU Professor Dr. Maria Ilcheva, SAVE manager Carla Peña, MDC Commissioner Operations Manager Adele Valencia, and Miami Workers Center Lutze Segu. It was an extraordinary discussion and encourage everyone to get involved with these wonderful advocacy programs!

    Dr. Vicki Burns – Invited chair, speaker, and discussant at the Association for Women in Psychology

    Monday March 6, 2017

    Dr. Burns was invited to be a part of two Featured Feminist Scientific Symposia at the Association for Women in Psychology conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March 2017.

    SFL Student Conference on Human Trafficking

    Monday March 6, 2017

    Friday March 3, 2017 the SFL Student Conference on Human Trafficking was held at FIU with our very own Sandy Skelaney the Program Director for the Center for Women and Gender Studies "Initiative for Gender Violence Prevention" as a Keynote Speaker. Ms. Skelaney discussed issues currently affecting our community such as sexual exploitation of women and children and the legislature currently working to prevent these acts from occurring and the many ways we can work together to improve them.

    2017 salute to women in FIU history

    Wednesday March 1, 2017

    It’s Women’s History Month, and FIU has plenty of remarkable females to credit for its success. The individuals featured here join an impressive list of trailblazers who embraced great challenges, led by example and set the standards that still impact us today.

    CWGS Welcome Back Pizza Party

    Wednesday March 1, 2017

    Great turnout during the Spring 2017 Semester Welcome Back Party. It was held in AHC4 402 and everyone enjoyed the pizza, sodas and dessert.



    CWGS, WSSA and WSGSA Counter-protests

    Monday February 13, 2017

    Monday, February 13th, 2017, Canadian-based, pro-life organization, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, returned for their yearly display of graphic images to protest abortion. In response, the CWGS, WSSA, and WSGSA showed up to counter-protest and show solidarity with women and reproductive justice. The Center and its student orgs set up a table in front of the large anti-choice display with their own positive messages.


    Center rallies for human rights as part of global movement

    Wednesday January 25, 2017

    Sandy Skelaney, program director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies Initiative for Gender Violence Prevention helped as part of the Women's Rally's executive planning committee.

    CWGS Among the Organizers at the Women’s Rally in South Florida

    Saturday January 21, 2017

    On Saturday, January 21st, America witnessed the largest inaugural protest in US history. The event was organized in order to raise awareness for a number of intersectional issues such as reproductive rights, women’s rights, the rights of trans individuals, the rights of people of color, and human rights in general.

    CNN posts personal story, and science behind it, of psychologist in harm’s way of Zika virus

    Tuesday January 17, 2017

    FIU psychology professor Lindsay Malloy publishes her story on CNN regarding her false positive Zika test while pregnant with her second child.