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Greetings to all of our long-time Friends of WGS, colleagues, alumni, and dedicated readers. It is our hope
that this note finds you well and weathering uncertain financial times with creativity, collaboration, and
hopefulness. Certainly, where we live now is complicated and demanding. Those of us in the academy have
been asked, it seems, to live with a simultaneous need to reduce resources and to creatively re-imagine
the manner in which we achieve our mission. As the late poet/activist, June Jordan suggested, social and
political conditions seem to follow us no matter where we find ourselves geographically or temporally. As
an example, the same racialized, gendered and classed politics around higher education present during our
days as Woman’s College remain present at UNCG, only in nuanced, newly relevant ways. Also at the core
of Jordan’s message in this particular set of prose, was the notion that we needn’t always be the object of or
“victim” of such circumstances to feel their presence where we live now. In fact, sometimes, we may experience
shifting conditions as privilege. In all of these cases though, our best response is coalition building.
We hope that as you read our first completely online version of our newsletter you will recognize examples
and opportunities for coalition building. WGS students are not only increasing in number but also in the
varied ways they enact feminist knowledge. And, faculty, while not currently rising in number, are certainly
using this recessionary moment to identify new, local, cost-effective and ever-impactful collaborations for
their teaching, research, and creative practice. This is also a new moment for our long-standing Friends
of WGS to reflect on their successes and author new agendas for varied advocacy and development in
support of our work in WGS.
WGS is a community of interdisciplinary scholars, including our first-ever tenure-track colleague, Dr.
Danielle Bouchard, and first-ever jointly appointed tenure-track colleague, Dr. Sarah Jane Cervenak. As
core faculty members, Drs. Bouchard and Cervenak work in concert with 31 cross-appointed faculty in
delivery of a diverse set of courses, student-faculty co-curricular programs, and research and creative
practice. And our Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor, Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly,
has spent the past 3 years unveiling new insights about long-ago coalitions among “differently located”
women, and simultaneously advancing collaboration between Bennett College and UNCG.
As well, WGS is presently a community of students who demand a more situated knowledge and
politicized space in which to enact that knowledge. Like recent MA alumna, Kimber Heinz, who has
just begun a career with the War Resisters League as a political organizer. Or like Dara Nix-Stevenson,
graduate certificate candidate whose doctoral research demands attention to the local and global social
inequalities present before, during, and after so-called “natural disasters.” And, like the work of
undergraduate student, Susan Watson, to develop and promote a curriculum for adult women’s self-
actualization and life-change-projects which she facilitated along with staff of the Women’s Resource
Center of Greensboro.
Throughout this newsletter, we invite you to take a close look at our program and imagine your own
coalition building with our students, faculty, staff, and Friends.
Intentionally Yours,
Kathy Jamieson, Program Director; Leila Villaverde, Graduate Director; Danielle Bouchard,
Undergraduate Director
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