June 2003

Volume 4, Number 2

Inside this issue:
The Desert is Blooming 1
Women in Coalition Update 2
Internship Award 2
WMST Graduates 3
Kudos 4
Poetry 4
Faculty & Staff 4

"There is a way to
look at the past.
Donít hide from it.
It will not catch you
if you donít repeat it."

Pearl Bailey

     The Women’s Studies Department continues to grow even more rapidly than the campus as a whole. We reached 1,245 students in the 26 courses offered this year. In Spring ‘99 Women’s Studies had three majors and five minors; five years later, 41 majors or double majors and 48 minors are in the Department, and more join every week. We realize that quality matters more than quantity, and we hope you will enjoy reading about the achievements and future plans of our graduating majors and minors inside this issue.

     The June 2003 graduating class includes six Women’s Studies majors and 12 minors. Four of the majors and three of the minors have achieved between a 3.5 and a 3.9 GPA. Two have been inducted into national honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa. Almost all have been involved in significant community service and many are pursuing graduate education. The Women’s Studies faculty and staff applaud the steadfast effort and intellectual vitality shown by our graduating class. We have every confidence that the combination of scholarly rigor, intellectual curiosity, and demonstrated commitment to gender, racial, and ethnic equity will sustain all of you in years ahead. You certainly are the best kind of representatives that your communities and UCR Women’s Studies could have. Congratulations!

     Our faculty also continues to grow: As of July 2003, Prof. Alicia Arrizón will be full-time in Women’s Studies. She plans to develop courses exploring gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and performance in conjunction with the Film and Visual Culture Program. Welcome, Alicia!

     Spring ’03 found UCR’s Vagina Monologues, directed by Women’s Studies Prof. Alicia Arrizón, more successful than ever. A hearty congratulations to Nancy Jean Tubbs, the LGBT Student Center, and students who performed on and off stage to make this such a meaningful event. The English and Spanish language performances netted over $ 7,000.00 to benefit the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center.

     Our curriculum continues to expand and deepen in areas of vital political and intellectual importance today. Next year, Prof. Tracy Fisher will be offering two new upper division courses: WMST 156 Women and Citizenship (in Fall 2003) and WMST 150 Gender and the State (in Winter 2004), both of which explore issues of race and class as well as gender and use a comparative and historical approach to the topics examined. Prof. Margie Waller will offer a new upper division course, WMST 161 Gender and Science (in Winter 2004), which grew out of a successful seminar she developed for the Honors Program.