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A message from the Director

As many of you know there have been lots of changes in the Women's Studies program this year, including my taking over as director of the program in November. For those of you who don't know me, I am an associate professor of Sociology who has active on campus in support of women's issues on campus for over 20 years. My scholarship includes research on the problems of women caring for family members with dementia as well as research on the problems faced by women in STEM.

One exciting development for the program has been our inclusion in the Division of Institutional Diversity, which includes moving into Doak Hall 123 and 125. We have been given a wonderful space, which includes room for a new and improved Edna Maynard Gott Memorial Library with a growing collection of Women's Studies books and media. Many thanks to Sandy River, TTU Women's Studies library liaison, for her help setting up the media portion of the collection. It is an ideal space for a quiet place to study or to meet with other Women's Studies staff and students. I hope you will take a few minutes to drop by, have a cup of coffee with us and see the new space.

I would also like to welcome our two new teaching staff: Beverly Hoke (English) and Kathleen Phelan-Glasscock (Counselor Education) who will each be teaching a section in Introduction to Women's Studies this spring semester. Along with Sarah Peso White, we have an outstanding group of instructors who bring energy and insight to the classroom.

I would also like to thank all of those who have agreed to serve on the newly formed Women's Studies Advisory Board. The Advisory Board plays a critical role in guiding those of us who are in charge of the program and their service is much appreciated. If anyone else who has a commitment to the mission of Women's Studies would be interested in joining the board, please contact me or Tricia Earl (Coordinator/Undergraduate Advisor).

I am excited to be taking over as Director of the Women's Studies and am looking forward to working with and meeting many of you over the next year. It is my belief that a good women's studies program should have a two prong mission: Advancing scholarship and research on the subject of gender and women's studies and serving as resource for advocacy on behalf of the growth and achievement of women. My goal is to assure that the program will continue to grow in these two areas and to reach out to others on campus who share the same commitment to the advancement of women and the exploration of the importance of gender. Through the strength derived from working together, I believe that Women's Studies at Texas Tech will thrive and grow.

Wishing you all a happy and productive 2012.

Charlotte Dunham
Director, Women's Studies




The Women's & Gender Studies is seeking an energetic, high performing, dependable student assistant for a 20 hr/wk position. This is a Federal Work Study Job. Please make sure you have been awarded a Federal Work Study before submitting your required documents listed for this position. Contact Financial Aid for more information. This position will be shared between the Women's Studies Program and the Gender Equity Council. For more information view our web page here.



We are pleased to announce the following FY2012-2013 scholarship opportunities: More

  • January 17 - Applications available for PDF download
  • March 1 - Applications and support materials are due by 5 PM
  • April 1 - Winners will be notified via email


The University offers a minor in Women's Studies.  Goals of the minor include helping student's interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts. We also participate in the Graduate Certificate Program. Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals. A graduate certificate program is a set of courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a subject matter. The set of courses provides a coherent knowledge base. Contact the Women's Studies Coordinator to make an appointment to be advised.

  • WS 2300 "Intro to Women's Studies"
  • WS 4399 "Women's Studies Seminar"
  • WS 5360 "Foundations of Women's Studies"
  • CROSS-LISTED Courses....More
conference workshop


February 10 & 17 - "A How-To Workshop for Getting Your Proposal Ready to Submit"
The March 2nd, 2012 submission deadline for the 28th Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education is approaching quickly, and the Women's & Gender Studies will host two (2) workshops to help students discuss potential submissions to the conference. Faculty, Staff and Student panelists will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback. Each workshop will be held in the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center, RM 151, located on the ground floor of the University Library. Space is limited. Registration is FREE. More

welcome back


You are invited to attend an informal "come-and-go" evening with colleagues and community members who are friends of the Women's & Gender Studies at La Diosa.

La Diosa offers a full menu of tapas and a extensive wine list in case you want to purchase something to eat or drink. We hope you will join us to catch up on news for the coming year and as they say at La Diosa; "…escape to a haven for all of your senses."

February 24 | La Diosa (901 17th Street) | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
black women history

Women of Black History

Women are half the human race, and they're half of black history, as well. Here are some highlights bringing together black history and women's history. An ever-expanding list of resources for learning about famous African American women and other women of Black History. You'll find women who are famous and women who should be better-known, from early America and slavery to the 21st century, including the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement. Read more...

"Test Your Knowledge Quizzes" for both Black History Month & Women's History Month

women's history


The Women's Studies Program is proud to announce a feminist forum and a symposium during the month of March in support of Women's History Month. More

pray the devil back to hell film


April 12 - Pray the Devil Back to Hell(2008) Directed by Gini Reticker, chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

International Cultural Center | Auditorium | 601 Indiana Ave. | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

women conference


Call for Papers/Panels/Presentations - - DEADLINE: March 2, 2012

April 13 - In 1984, The First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held. This conference occurs each Spring on the campus of Texas Tech University. A local, state and national call for papers is sent out each year to help promote academic research. This year's theme: Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace through Empowering Women. More


robin chandler

Robin Chandler, Ph.D. (Northeastern University, 1992) Associate Professor of African American Studies, author of "Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism", and the Director of The Peace Doors Project, a movement to create nine monumental peace doors at nine sites around the world. Read more here

jensine larsen

Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen is a social media expert, international journalist, and recognized leader in the movement for global women's empowerment. At age 28 she founded World Pulse – a global media network bringing women a global voice– after working as a freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia. Read more here


This semester has plenty to offer a student interested in becoming more involved on campus. The following Texas Tech registered organizations are beginning to meet and discuss upcoming events and planning. Click on the links below to find out more about when and where they are meeting. More

feminist teacher


The forum is designed to continue discussions and to create new discussions around feminism past, present and future. It is within these forums we intend to promote the equal and fair treatment for all individuals regardless of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability by engaging both the University and Lubbock communities in an open discussion. More

Feminist Forums featured in the Southwest Institute for the Research On Women SIROW Newsletter

  • February 24 | "Feed Your Body & Soul"
  • March 8 | "A History of Women's Leadership"
  • April 27 | "Women Leading Women Through Passion and Persaverance"

body image


Feed Your Body and Soul (FYBS) Week (February 27 - March 2) is coordinated by the Student Counseling Center to help educate the campus community about healthy body image and eating disorders. Infuse yourself with knowledge about healthy eating and living. Some activities place an added emphasis on holistic wellness-physical, mental and spiritual well-being. More


Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual worldwide campaign that takes place in the month of April. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. More

take back the night


April 21 | Location TBA | Time TBA

Why Take Back the Night? Read more here...


Online search option and check out system coming soon!

Edna Maynard Gott Memorial lending library

Women's Studies is home to The Edna Maynard Gott Memorial Library founded in 1995 honoring Dr. Edna Gott, first woman awarded tenure in the Department of Economics. Materials provided by the College of Human Science and Preston F. Gott (1919-2002), Professor Emeritus of Physics. Edna Maynard Gott was a founding member of the Women's & Gender Studies. More





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