Director Darici’s Message

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We are pleased to share with you the website of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS). Our center continues to excel in research, teaching, and engagement within FIU and the South Florida community. Women’s and Gender Studies also showed strong leadership in laying the groundwork for a new university-wide office that will address issues on the advancement of women, diversity, equity and inclusion.

One of this past year’s highlights was the successful launch of the International Women, Gender and Violence Initiative, aimed at engaging partners from academic, corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors to collaborate on ending violence against women. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking are important research foci of the initiative. We welcome Dr. Vicki Burns and Dr. Judith Bernier who are joining us this fall to advance the initiative.

The inaugural International Women, Gender and Violence Conference on January 9, 2015, brought together close to 200 researchers, community advocates, and service providers, making its mark as a strong force for advancing solutions to violence against women. In her keynote address, Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, spoke about strategies to end the physical and psychological suffering of women and girls across the globe. Planning is in progress for the First International Women’s Congress in Ankara, Turkey, which is designed to create a platform for the empowerment of women across cultures, and improve women’s social, economic and political realities.

Our academic program developed further, including adding a new course for fall semester, "Sex Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery." The course is part of a new certificate program in development. The center’s new online 2.0 BA program and WST courses contribute to making us a major producer of interdisciplinary degrees.

Women's and Gender Studies courses enrolled over 9300 students and the number of Women’s and Gender Studies majors increased by 17%. Our students have shown a commitment to both their studies and community engagement. Many have served as interns in leading organizations, and organized signature events such as the CWGS student association’s annual conference, and the play The Vagina Monologues. Non-curricular activities featured over 30 widely attended events including research conferences, faculty seminars, and cultural activities such as film screenings.

Lastly, for their commitment, advocacy, and efforts, I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to all the faculty, staff and community activists whose contributions and hard work have made this an excellent year for the center.

Warm regards,

Yesim Darici
Director, Center for Women's and Gender Studies
Professor of Physics

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