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Women's and Gender Studies Student Association

Our purpose is to create community and safer space for students interested in or a part of Women’s and Gender Studies, a multidisciplinary area that critically analyzes a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues. We support students’ academic journeys (study groups, mentorship, peer review, reading groups). We benefit students who wish to have more in-depth conversations around gender, race, class, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and more. We take an intersectional, analytical, and academic approach to exploring culture and society. We promote critical thinking and analytical skills in an environment that fosters community. We aim to create a radically inclusive space for students to connect with others with similar interests, discuss relevant topics, support each other in their academic journeys, and dismantle/smash/remove systems of oppression.The Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association (WGSSA) is a group on campus that provides resources and events for students interested in women’s and gender studies, feminist theory, and related theories or disciplines. The WGSSA is composed of students who are majoring and minoring in WGS and is open to students from any field or background. Some examples of activities that they do are crafty and creative events, a reading group, and speakers. They are open to any ideas that students might have for future events.

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Email: uw.wgssa@outlook.ca
Instagram: @uw.wgssa

 

 

Feminist Academic Society

Meetings on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm

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HOW IT WORKS
The main goal of the Feminist Academic Society is to discuss feminist ideas and consider how they might be applied in our lives. Additionally, community is highly prized at the UofW’s Women and Gender Studies Students Association, so fostering a sense of community within these discussions is key.

Students who attend 4 out of 6 or 66% of meetings will receive a Letter of Good Standing from the Women and Gender Studies department. These letters will specify engagement in feminist discussion with the Feminist Academic Society and will be notarized by Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai and Dr. Pauline Greenhill. Students are encouraged to engage with the material before meetings, however, in the case of written work, highlighted versions will be made available to students before and during the meetings. This way, students will be able to take a few minutes at the beginning of meetings to familiarize themselves with the ideas discussed and engage with the rest of the group. Doing the readings and thorough participation in discussion are not required to receive the Letter of Good Standing, so long as active listening is demonstrated. All readings, regular and highlighted versions, will be made available through Google Drive and Discord.

Note that anyone is welcome! Faculty, staff, and students of any academic background, gender, or political views are welcome, provided everyone is respectful and willing to seriously consider other perspectives.

WHAT WE DO
The structure of this group reflects the same kind of critical analysis and discussion that takes place in WGS classrooms, but in a more casual manner. At the beginning of meetings we will do a round of short introductions to gain familiarity with each other. We will start with a short summary of the assigned reading and overall thoughts. Anyone is welcome to come prepared with thoughts and questions if they so choose. Facilitators will also have questions for discussion prepared beforehand. Students are encouraged to critique, evaluate, and debate a work, and discuss how aspects of a reading relate to their own lives.

READINGS
hooks, bell. “Romance: Sweet Love,” All About Love: New Visions. Harper, 2000. “Male Sexual Being” The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love. Atria Books, 2004.
McMillan Cottom, Tressie. “In The Name of Beauty.” Thick: And Other Essays. The New Press, 2019.
Nelson, Maggie. “The Ballad of Sexual Optimism,” On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, McClelland & Stewart, 2022.
Srinivasan, Amia. “The Right to Sex.” The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.
Tolentino, Jia. “Always Be Optimizing.” Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. Penguin Random House Press, 2019.

About the WGSSA

Our purpose is to create community and safer space for students interested in or a part of Women’s and Gender Studies, a multidisciplinary area that critically analyzes a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues. We support students’ academic journeys (study groups, mentorship, peer review, reading groups). We benefit students who wish to have more in-depth conversations around gender, race, class, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and more. We take an intersectional, analytical, and academic approach to exploring culture and society. We promote critical thinking and analytical skills in an environment that fosters community. We aim to create a radically inclusive space for students to connect with others with similar interests, discuss relevant topics, support each other in their academic journeys, and dismantle/smash/remove systems of oppression.