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The Women's and Gender Studies program at Texas Tech University is an interdisciplinary academic program supporting transformational undergraduate- and graduate-level scholarship and teaching that explores how gender intersects with other social identities like race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and disability. Through engaging feminist coursework, research, and practicum opportunities, we examine systems of power, privilege, and inequality. Women's and Gender Studies fosters creative, collaborative, and sustaining social justice approaches and feminist scholarship that advance understanding, equity, and compassion. 


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Dra. Leslie C. Sotomayor has a new book published!

This book proudly showcases the work of TTU faculty, Dr. Alder, Dr. Toteva, and Dra. Sotomayor, TTU Library Esther De Leon, WGS minor's and practicum students Bianca Rodriguez, Kelvin Boakye, Chloe Ferrer and Maya Kirkland. 


WGS Affiliate Faculty News

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards a fellowship to a School Of Music faculty member.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pleased to award a 2022-23 American Fellowship to Virginia E. Whealton, Ph.D. Whealton is an Assistant Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts at Texas Tech University. Read the full announcement here.


WGS Associate Director Named!

Brandy Pina Watson

Dr. Brandy Piña-Watson is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2014 from Texas A&M University. Dr. Piña-Watson has been a Women & Gender Studies Faculty Affiliate since her arrival at Texas Tech University in 2014 whereby she has been active on several committees including a faculty search committee and the curriculum committee. She also previously served as the Diversity and Equity Strategist under the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Office and Provost. Dr. Piña-Watson's research focuses on identifying individual, familial, cultural, and societal factors that promote resilience against the negative impact of stress on Latinx adolescent and emerging adult depression, suicidal ideation and behaviors, well-being, and academic outcomes. Her work primarily focuses on the Mexican descent population living within the United States. Dr. Piña-Watson's research agenda takes a holistic and resilience approach that acknowledges the complexity and intersection of various identities and contexts as they pertain to Latinx well-being and mental health disparities.

WGS Welcomes Our New Libarian

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Esther Medina De León, is the Associate Librarian for Women's & Gender Studies, Media & Communication, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Texas Tech University Libraries. De León has a MLS from the University of North Texas, Denton, and BA in Humanities, w/a specialization in Spanish, from Lubbock Christian University.  She serves as a Women's & Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty, on the President's Gender Equity Council, a Leaders Engaged in Advancing Diversity (L.E.A.D) Fellow; on the advisory board for the Centers for Mexican American & Latino Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies; and primary investigator (PI) of the Chicana/x Latina/x Working Group, which serves to continue research and create dialog on the influence of Chicana and Latina feminisms.

Her goals are to provide resources that are accessible to the TTU campus community, provide leadership and research skills in the areas of diversity and Latino/Hispanic studies, as well as in the promotion of students, staff, and faculty in their own studies and professional and personal development.
Research interests include librarianship, women's & gender studies, Chicana/Latina feminism & studies, diversity, equity, and inclusion studies, diversity within administration/management positions in the library and higher education, faculty mentoring, co-culture mentoring, and Hispanic, Chicana/o, Latina/o, culture, heritage and growth, to name a few. 


WGS Celebrates 40 years at Texas Tech University


TechSan Texas Tech's Fall 2021 Alumni magazine[SE1] , Volume 74, Number 4, pages 25-27.

Women's and Gender Studies Faculty 

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Kristin Alder, PhD, is a WGS full-time lecturer, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Alder earned her PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas' Woman's University. She was appointed to United Nations Representative of the US Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms; womanist and indigenous epistemologies; science fiction and fantasy literature; and postcolonial literature. 
Kristin Alder, PhD, es profesora de tiempo completo de WGS, a partir del otoño de 2021. La Dra. Alder obtuvo su doctorado en Estudios Multiculturales de Mujeres y Género de la Universidad de Mujeres de Texas. Fue nombrada Representante de las Naciones Unidas de la Sección de Estados Unidos de la Liga Internacional de Mujeres por la Paz y la Libertad. Sus intereses de investigación incluyen: feminismos transnacionales; epistemologías feministas e indígenas; literatura de ciencia ficción y fantasía; y literatura poscolonial. 


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Leslie Sotomayor, PhD, is a WGS Visiting Assistant Professor, starting in Fall 2021. Dr. Sotomayor earned a dual doctoral degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She is an artist, educator, and curator. Her work focuses on Latina experiences in the US, hybrid identities, psychological and emotional traveling, and post-immigration generations. 
Leslie Sotomayor, PhD, es profesora asistente visitante de WGS, a partir del otoño de 2021. La Dra. Sotomayor obtuvo un doctorado doble en Estudios de la Mujer, Género y Sexualidad y Educación Artística de la Universidad Estatal de Pensilvania. Es artista, educadora y curadora. Su trabajo se centra en las experiencias latinas en los EE. UU., Las identidades híbridas, los viajes psicológicos y emocionales y las generaciones posteriores a la inmigración. 


Dra. Sotomayor's latest book: Teaching In/Between: Curating Educational Spaces with Autohistoria-Teoría and Conocimiento (Vernon Press, 2022)

The link to the Amazon page is: https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Between-autohistoria-teor%C3%ADa-conocimiento-Interpreting/dp/1648891225/ 


WGS would also like to recognize Dr. Sotomayor for her recent publication of art (Gritos) and poetry (In the name of...) in this Open Access Visual Culture & Gender Journal: http://vcg.emitto.net/index.php/vcg




Sexism Cinema Information

Sexism|Cinema is a feminist film series in Lubbock, Texas. Selected films feature female protagonists, and our in-person screenings are followed by a 30-minute discussion led by expert guest speakers or Texas Tech faculty at the Alamo Drafthouse.




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