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A message from the Director

We here at Women's Studies have an exciting semester planned and hope you will be able to join us for some of our events. We are cosponsoring, along with the TTU/TTUHSC Black Faculty and Staff Association, a visit from African American poet, M. Ekere Tallie. Please join us for a poetry workshop and a public reading.

Our 29th annual conference on women continues its theme on women as global peacemakers with Yanar Mohammed, a world-renowned Iraqi feminist activist.

Please join us for our monthly brown bags. They are informal get-togethers where you are invited to bring a lunch, engage in lively conversation and make friends from around campus.

Don't forget that we have a library with computer access for students who need a quiet and nurturing place to study or just come by and have a cup of coffee.

As I move through my second year as returning director, I want to thank the many people who have been supportive of our work and who have truly made a difference in the success of our program. I want to especially think Dr. Juan Munoz who provides the strong institutional support we need to thrive, the members of our advisor board, including Professors Purinton, Steele, Marbley, Gollahon, Ramirez, Sharp, staff representatives Boyer and Callendar and our student member Frances Martin (VP of FMLA). I also want to thank this year's conference steering committee, Professors Rodgers, Darwish, and Jaddo.

As the African proverb states that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support a thriving program and we are grateful for our friends.

Happy New Year to All.

Charlotte Dunham
Director of Women's Studies


Application Deadline - February 1st

The Women's & Gender Studies offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships and one graduate scholarship of different amounts. In order for a student to receive a scholarship from the Women's & Gender Studies, the student is required to complete a scholarship application, provide a brief essay (not more than 500 words) explaining the applicant's interest and involvement in matters particularly relevant to women's lives, two (2) letters of recommendation and a brief written summary of extracurricular activities such as honors, achievements, memberships, scholastic awards and professional accomplishments. Read more...

IN ADDITION TO YOUR APPLICATION, you must have on file at TTU:

  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Scores on the A.C.T. or S.A.T (prospective freshmen). Other applicants should furnish cummulative GPA.


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 4310 "Feminist Thought & Theory"
  • CROSS-LISTED Courses....More
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  • February 8 | The History of Consciousness Raising Groups | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | DOAK Hall RM 123
  • March 8 | International Women's Day and You | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | DOAK Hall RM 123
  • April 12 | Turning Advocacy Into Activism | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | DOAK Hall RM 123

In the spirit of consciousness raising groups, please join the Women's & Gender Studies for our brown bag lunch series. We invite members of the campus community to bring their lunch and join us on the 2nd Friday of the month starting February 8th. We want to use this time as an opportunity for a “meeting of minds”. Read more...

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February 12 & 13 - "A How-To Workshop for Getting Your Proposal Ready to Submit"
The February 22nd, 2013 submission deadline for the 29th Annual All-University Conference on 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. Space is limited. Registration is required and FREE. Read More...

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April 4-5, 2013

Proposals due - February 22 | 

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. Over the year's the theme of the conference has merged with present day discourse of examining the cultural and social construction of gender, exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studying the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. Read more...

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Do you need volunteer hours? Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to plan and organize a conference? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then the Women's Studies Conference on April 4-5, 2013 needs your help. Read more..

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Feed Your Body and Soul (FYBS) Week 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. Read more...

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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...

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

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Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie - Lecturer, English Department, York College, Queens NY

Mariahdessa Ekere Tallie is a writer, educator, and performer. She has taught writing and performed her poetry in North America, Europe, and Southern Africa.

February 18
+ 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  | Creative Writing Workshop  | University Library, Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center, RM 153 (ground level)

Seating is limited so register today!
Register: http://www.tlpd.ttu.edu/home/index.asp (click on "Register for an Event")

+ 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Public Reading and Q&A | Escondido Theatre (Student Union Bldg. lower level)

Hosted by the Women's & Gender Studies and the TTU/TTUHSC Black Faculty & Staff Association. Supported by the TTU Student Org - Black Graduate Student Association

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

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March 5 | Merket Alumni Center (17th & University)| 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The mission of the Women in Leadership Symposium is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today's issues, educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to move higher in their organizations. Read more...

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Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Read more...

March 8 - | Brown Bag Lunch Series | "International Women's Day and You
DOAK Hall RM 123 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

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Call for Papers/Panels/Presentations - - DEADLINE: February 22, 2013

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


April 4-5 | TTU Campus | Student Union Bldg. (upper level meeting rooms)
Download the CFP PDF - Due by email February 22, 2013

 April 4 | Pre-conference Event | "Sneak Preview" Screening of TBA

Yanar Mohammed
April 5 | Guest Speaker - Yanar Mohammed, co-founder and President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). Read more...
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April 5 | Guest Speaker - Yifat Susskind, the executive director of MADRE, an international women's human rights organization. Read more...

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Do you need volunteer hours? Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to plan and organize a conference? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then the Women's Studies Conference on April 4-5, 2013 needs your help. Read more...

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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

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Date TBA | Location TBA | Time TBA

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

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April 1 - May 10
The Women's & Gender Studies (drop off in DOAK Hall RM 125). Collection of items help benefit those that reside at Women's Protective Services. * Gently used items such as coats, gloves, and hats are welcome.

Wish list:
- Blankets, Comforters, Sheets, Pillows
- Mattress Protectors, Covers, Towels
- Female Hygiene Products, Diapers, Baby Wipes
- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex
- Laundry Supplies
- Laundry Baskets
- Cleaning Supplies
- Office Supplies
- Safety Pins, Sewing Kits
- Basic Toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant)
- Basic Kitchen items (towels, sponges, dish soap, pots/pans, cooking utensils, serving utensils)

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The first Gender Fair was held in the Spring of 2012 in the Croslin Room at the TTU Library. Gender Fair is an educational, awareness-oriented resource fair exploring gender, equity, and communication. Read more...


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


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. Read More about TTU Student Organizations

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The Love Below
Presented by two TTU Student Organizations (AAUW Student Chapter and V-Day Lubbock Coalition)
February 8 | 7:00pm | Human Sciences RM 169

In celebration of Black History Month and of strong black women everywhere, the Texas Tech chapter of AAUW and V-Day Lubbock Coalition are proud to present The Love Below. An evening of live spoken word and musical performance where women express themselves erotically and honestly through song, poetry and monologues.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club and the Lubbock Hope & Healing Fund.

For more information E-Mail - vdaylubock@gmail.com
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One Billion Rising - hosted by V-Day Lubbock Coalition

February 14 | Time TBA | Location TBA
E-Mail - vdaylubock@gmail.com

V-Day's ONE BILLION RISING campaign, launched in early 2012 by founder Eve Ensler, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, V-Day's 15th anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. Read more... VMEN Event
V-MEN: Steppin' Up

Hosted by Lubbock V-Men
February 16  | 7:00 p.m.  |  Escondido Theater SUB (lower level)
Cost $5.00

V-Men started in 2009 with a workshop that focused on including men in the dialogue of violence against women. This V-Men workshop allowed men to tell their stories, just like women have done through The Vagina Monologues. Not only did this allow men to establish a context to come together on the issues of domestic and sexual violence, but it also allowed participants to be ground-floor collaborators on a new performance piece to be performed for the first time this coming February.  For more information contact by email at vmenlubbock@gmail.com
vdayMarch 22 & 23 - The Vagina Monolgues
V-Day Lubbock Coalition (TTU Student Organization) announces its 5th annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” for 2012! Both performances will be held at the Legacy (YWCA 1500 14th St.) at 7:00pm. Tickets: $10 each *For Mature Audiences Only*
E-Mail - vdaylubock@gmail.com

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