Graduate Student Spotlight on Kate Irwin
"My favorite part about being a member of the GWS community is connecting with graduate students and faculty from other departments and campus units. I have grown as a scholar, and more generally, as a person, by hearing the different experiences and approaches to scholarship that they bring to the table."
Student Spotlight on Matt Speck
"The people in GWS are what make it so amazing as a department and a field of study. Each professor I have had and met is beautifully and uniquely eccentric, and that mix of personalities within one department leads to fascinating learning opportunities and wonderfully creative collaborations. My classmates have reflected this mix of personality, and since I often take multiple classes with the same people, I have really gotten to know them well personally and follow their progress as well as my own."
Alumna Spotlight on Esther Bier
"I enjoyed that my GWS classes created a space for me to delve into topics and theories I would have never learned anything about otherwise. I appreciated that GWS taught me how to see the world and behave differently. GWS taught me to be a critical thinker and also work to make the world a better place. I learned to say “look, this a problem,” but also to work to fix it."
- Ruth Nicole Brown featured in College of LAS
- GWS Professor Ruth Nicole Brown is featured in UIUC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences News for Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT).
- GWS votes no confidence
"The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign fully supports efforts to reverse Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s rescinding of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita. The Chancellor has violated Professor Salaita’s rights, she damaged our academic community. She violated the rights of students who will not have the opportunity to hear and debate his ideas. Faculty involved in the search process wasted innumerable hours, and now will not have the opportunity to interact with an excellent scholar. And university administrative staff and workers once again see that they work in an atmosphere where capriciousness rules the day."
- GWS students organize to Support Salaita
- From GWS undergraduate Matt Speck, "Our efforts on campus work in conjunction with faculty and scholarly protests to hold the administration of UIUC publicly accountable for the uncivil treatment of not only Professor Steven Salaita but also his family, his department, and his students."