GWS Students in Action
In her moving op-ed publication, URI GWS and Sociology double major MeKenzie Mattheson (’19) details the struggles women in RI go through to retain bodily autonomy, as well as the steps that must be taken in order to prevent the overturning of Roe v Wade. Mattheson is a diligent scholar, proud student athlete, and the founding president of the new student-led organization Feminists at URI. Her op-ed has been published in both The Providence Journal and UPRISE RI. You can read her publication in The Providence Journal here.
GWS Alumni in Action
GWS alumna Nadine Evans (’17), a current graduate student at URI, tells all regarding her experiences in the GWS Program, incredible academic research, and the struggles she’s faced as a single mother and a first-generation immigrant. Evans graduated with dual degrees in German and GWS as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, and she now works closely alongside our very own Dr. Donna Hughes on a book review as well as with research regarding domestic abuse and custody battles.
You can read her inspirational story on our Alumni Spotlight page here.
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The discipline of Gender and Women’s Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, freedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Gender and Women’s Studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, Gender and Women’s Studies envisions a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential.
Gender and Women’s Studies uses feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.