The Women’s Studies Department
continues to grow even more rapidly than the campus as a whole. We reached
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
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
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.