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Women and gender studies


Student Experience

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The Clothesline Project helps to raise awareness to stop sexual assault and domestic violence.

With a major in Women and Gender Studies – even taking classes to minor – the experience can be eye-opening and may just end up changing your life, and the lives of others.

Our program offers numerous opportunities for students to build leadership skills as community activists. They learn about local and transnational human rights problems and work to develop gender sensitive solutions. Many of them help plan events for our campus and the community such as:

  • letterwriting for the UN Day of Peace and Justice;
  • creating events to raise awareness about body image and eating disorders;
  • participating in the Clothesline project to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • planning events for Multicultural Week;
  • presenting a V-Day show to raise money for local women's shelters; and more.

Our students also have the chance to help plan and participate in our Ambrose Women for Social Justice conference, which brings internationally-known speakers to campus.

Because of our low faculty-to-student ratio, faculty know their students on a personal level and can offer opportunities they might not have at larger colleges. One of them is the chance to attend the prestigious N.E.W. Iowa Leaders seminar, which trains women how to run for public office.

Our students have also won scholarships such as the local American Association for University Women Scholarship; the QC Pride scholarship; and the Hume scholarship. Four students in Triota, the Women's Studies Honor society, attended the 2013 National Women's Studies Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.