By Ann Oberhauser
Welcome to the first online newsletter from the WVU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. In keeping with today’s digital revolution, we are switching to a new format that is more versatile and accessible for many of our readers throughout the country and the world. We have also developed a WGST Blog to keep you informed about upcoming events, activities, and feature stories with updates from our students, alumni, and faculty.
This has been an unusually busy and productive year at the Center. You can read about some of these events in this newsletter, but let me share a few highlights with you. The newly-named Women’s and Gender Studies Program has attracted more students to our courses and increased our majors, minors, and graduate certificate students. We have also been working to restructure and expand the curriculum with areas of emphasis for our undergraduates and a new LGBTQ minor this fall. Research in the STEM initiative is moving ahead in line with the university’s strategic plan in this field. In addition, several students and faculty in the program are working with women’s organizations at the state and national levels on a project that focuses on the status of women and girls in West Virginia.
Finally, this is my last year as director of the Center. I have enjoyed the challenges and great community that make up this program over the past four years, but am looking forward to spending more time on my research and teaching in the Geography Program. Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff from the Department of World Languages, Literature, and Linguistics will be Interim Director starting this summer. Under her leadership and with the Program’s excellent faculty, students, and staff, we can look forward to continued growth and change at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at WVU.