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One Billion Rising

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February 14, 2014, brought the second One Billion Rising movement to The College at Brockport. Women and men everywhere have been called upon to harness their power and imagination to rise for justice! Imagine, One Billion women, releasing their stories, dancing, and speaking out at the places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls.

Students, staff, and faculty, rose together in two separate flash mobs here on campus. Drake Memorial Library and the Seymour College Union were the stages for the choreographed dance, and students held a Brockport Rises for Justice Poetry Reading in the Fireside Lounge.


The Fourth Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues

The Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues (SFD) is a collaborative effort to reinvigorate Seneca Falls as site of feminist activism and intellectual exchange. We invite students, activist, and teachers to participate in a weekend of dialogue on the various themes.

The Event Flyer may be viewed here.

More information is also available at


Sex and Culture Poster Presentation

Honors Sex Culture (WMS 360) held a student-led poster session, "Women and Gender Across Cultures," Dec. 4, 2013, in the Seymour College Union.

Students completed posters in association with their WMS 360 course material. Examples of poster topics included: “Uncovering Street Harassment,” “Girl Education,” “Domestic Violence,” “Sex Trafficking,” “Gender Performance,” “Women in Religion,” and “Media and Women’s Bodies.” Students will be presenting their posters again at Scholars Day 2014.

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Dr. LeSavoy Honored

Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport was recognized by the College with three awards:

  • The 2013 Outstanding Service to Students Award - The award recognizes individuals that consistently provide outstanding service to students outside the classroom.
  • 2012-13 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award  - The award recognizes faculty or staff members from whom students have received excellent academic advisement. Award recipients are chosen from among the faculty and staff nominated by students.
  • 2013 Award for Diversity Engagement - This award recognizes commitment to embracing diversity in its fullest sense and making The College at Brockport a more inclusive community.


Program Participates in Seneca Falls Conference

The Women and Gender Studies program recently participated in The Third Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues: A forum on local and global gender issues, which celebrates the 164ndAnniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention & Declaration of Sentiments, Oct.19-21 in Seneca Falls. 


Women and Gender Studies (WMS) students, Laura Clark, Angela Gilbert, Ashley McKay, and Johnny Sparrow attended the third biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues (SFD), Oct.19- 21, where they presented: "Feminist Disruptions: Young Voices Negotiating Politics of Identity and Place." See Roundtable details here.

Led by WMS director/faculty Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, the students presented projects completed in their spring '12 feminist theory class, which addressed various dimensions of identity understood through different theoretical locations including Queer, Black, Liberal, Marxist, and Radical feminist thought.

Keynotes at the SFD included, Dr. Nancy Hewitt, Professor of History and Women's Studies at Rutgers University, and Judy Richardson, Dorothy Zellner, and Betty Robinson from Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Account by Women in the SNCC. Dr. Alison Parker, Professor of History at Brockport, introduced Dr. Hewitt.

The conference is organized by a regional WMS college alliance comprised of The College at Brockport, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, University at Buffalo SUNY, and University of Rochester. Brockport WMS Director, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, served as conference chair

Photos of the Seneca Falls Dialogues here.


Dissenting Voices

The Women and Gender Studies Program is proud to announce the launch of Dissenting Voices, a faculty-reviewed journal featuring the capstone projects of Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar students. In the journal, readers will find papers, poetry, art, and creative writing focused on women and gender-focused topics organic to college campuses and surrounding communities.

Editor-in-Chief Barbara LeSavoy envisioned Dissenting Voices as a women and gender studies publication that would bring to light undergraduate creative agency realized on the cusp of feminist knowledge. Her Spring 2012 senior seminar undergraduates were inspired by that vision, collaborating to define the journal's founding statement and design in addition to their individual creative contributions. The eJournal's cover is by WMS major, Johnny Sparrow.

Managing Editor Pat Maxwell worked with seminar students, guiding the eJournal design and implementation. Editorial Board members are Amber Humphrey, Jennifer Lloyd, Barbara Mitrano, and Megan Obourn. Digital Commons @Brockport is an online collection of scholarly and creative works produced by the faculty, staff, and students of The College at Brockport. This digital repository is a service of Drake Memorial Library and Library, Information, & Technology Services.


Triota Inducts New Members, May 2013

The Beta Lambda chapter of Iota,Iota, Iota (aka Triota), WMS honor society inducted new members Alyssa Bree, Deborah Buono, Damiene Denner, Ashley McKay, Kelsey Mulherin, Cassie Negley, Lucienne Nicholson, Jenny Siplo, Johnny Sparrow, and Ashlela Thomas at this year's  End of Year Award Ceremonies.

Iota, Iota, Iota, named after three goddesses, Inanna,Ishtar, and Isis, strives to maintain feminist values central to women and gender studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and diversity.

Membership is open to WMS majors and minors with at least nine hours of WMS courses and with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in WMS courses and 3.25 overall.  


Last Updated 4/1/14