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New Online Course in Collaboration with MCC

For spring 2016, a section of WMS 101: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies will be offered entirely online. The course is taught by Megan Backer through The College at Brockport but is also open to Monroe Community College students. This exciting option will allow for an even greater level of community dialogue and collaboration.

To enroll, MCC students should complete an inter-instructional enrollment form available through the MCC registrar and submit it in person to the Office of Registration and Records at Brockport.

Additional information is available from Dr. Barbara LeSavoy at or (585) 395-5799.


Seneca Falls Dialogues eJournal New Seneca Falls Dialogues eJournal

Women and Gender Studies is thrilled to announce publication of The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal, a new, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal collaboratively published by The College at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, the University of Rochester, the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning.

The publication serves to build a collaborative, open-access forum for students, faculty, and the community on topics relating to the themes of the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues conference. In the journal, its founders seek to recognize the importance of creatively engaging diverse tools for feminist activism, particularly those that support dialogues across difference.

Co-editors of Volume I are Dr. Deborah Uman, Professor and Chair, Department of English at St. John Fisher College, and Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Women and Gender Studies Director at The College at Brockport. Managing Editor Pat Maxwell, Project Manager in Library, Information and Technology Services at Brockport, meticulously guided the eJournal design and implementation.

Journal Editorial Board Members and Founders are:

  • Betty Bayer, PhD, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Maria Brandt, PhD, Monroe Community College
  • Angela Clark-Taylor, MS, University of Rochester
  • Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, The College at Brockport
  • Ashley McKay, BA, The College at Brockport
  • Jill Swiencicki, PhD, St. John Fisher College
  • Deborah Uman, PhD, St. John Fisher College

Additional Editorial Contributors:

  • Lisa Cunningham, PhD, St. John Fisher College
  • Elizabeth Johnston, PhD, Monroe Community College

Read Volume I of The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal .


Dissenting Voices Senior Seminar Students Author and Publish Volume IV of Dissenting Voices eJournal

The Women and Gender Studies Program is proud to announce publication of the fourth volume of Dissenting Voices, a faculty-reviewed journal featuring the capstone projects of WMS Senior Seminar students. In the journal, diverse student authors straddle an array of women and gender topics, writing in traditional essay format that infuses theoretical depth and dimension into the volume. Readers are invited to consider how the student authors carry out the commitment to inclusive community building and feminist activism boldly envisioned and initiated by the founders of Dissenting Voices.

Editor-in-Chief Barbara LeSavoy envisioned Dissenting Voices as a publication that would bring to light undergraduate creative agency realized on the cusp of feminist knowledge. Her students continue to be inspired by that vision, collaborating to improve the journal's layout and design in addition to their individual scholarly and creative contributions.

Managing Editor Pat Maxwell worked with seminar students, guiding the eJournal design and implementation. Editorial Board members are Tristan S. Bridges, Amber Humphrey, Barbara Mitrano, and Megan Obourn.

Read Volume IV of Dissenting Voices .


Dr. LeSavoy and LucienneDr. LeSavoy Honored by Student Nomination

Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Women and Gender Studies, received the Ronald E. Fontaine Award for Scholarly Engagement. LeSavoy was nominated by Lucienne Nicholson ’14. LeSavoy, who frequently writes and presents with students and consistently promotes students’ scholarly engagement, is proud of this important recognition. In November 2015, five WMS students (Rachael Fort, Natalia Manhertz, Brooke Ophardt, Maggie Rosen, and Tambria Schroeder) traveled with her to the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Milwaukee, WI.


Sarah Richens Presents at 2015 Diversity Conference

Sarah Richens and Dr. LeSavoy

"Adiposity and Anarchism: Exposing and Examining Fat Oppression in a Capitalist Society"

Sarah Richens, a double major in WMS and sociology, spoke at the Diversity Conference (held on campus October 8, 2015) on her research on ways in which fat oppression is linked to capitalism. Her research exposes oppression and discrimination stemming from adiposity (fatness) through an anarchist and queer theory perspective. In the white supremacist, capitalist heteropatriarchy that we live in, there is a systematic “othering” of anyone who does not fit inside the mold that society lays out for us. This work looks at the binary systems that society is built around and aims to disrupt them to empower others.


Triota Inducts New Members

The Beta Lambda chapter of the WMS honor society, Iota, Iota, Iota (aka Triota), inducted a record number of new members at the year-end award ceremonies in May 2015. The new members are: Courtney Gazda, Nicolas Greene, Margaret Huntoon, Hawa Ibrahim, Jane Ives, Nick Kirsop, Heather Leary, Brooke Love, Chanel Martin, Maureen North, Catherine O’Connor, Taylor Schaffer, Tambria Schroeder, Jessica Tesoiero, Robyn Wohlers, and Natalie Yera.

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.


Daniela Bulos Helps "Start a Revolution"

Daniela Bulos, WMS minor and AAUW Grant recipient, and a team of others organized “Start a Revolution,” a one-day conference designed to educate the College community about the stereotypes and labels that too often hold women back from becoming leaders in their field. The conference was held April 18, 2015, on the Brockport campus and featured networking opportunities and several speakers including a session led by Brockport WMS alum Laura Clark. The Start a Revolution Conference Committee (pictured below) pitched the conference as way to empower participants to advocate for change and confidently pursue leadership positions in their chosen careers.

Start a Revolution committee

Last Updated 1/5/16