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Center for Women’s Health and Wellness Dr. Paige Hall Smith, Director

The Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, School of Health and Human Sciences, seeks to advance the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement. The Center advances gender equity, community responses to violence against women, and the progress of girls and women in sport and physical activity. The 2012 Breastfeeding Symposium held March 29-30, at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, focused on: (1) the 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding; (2) the maturing of the Center’s Violence Against Women Responders Network (VAWRN), a critical network bringing together agencies and individuals in a county-wide effort to improve response to violence against women; and (3) the symposium Becoming a Better Athlete...Off the Field with HHS Dean Celia Hooper as the inaugural keynote speaker.

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In response to the state budget crisis and diminishing allocations to higher education, the UNCG community began a review of all departments and programs in 2011. According to an overview of the process available on the Office of Planning and Assessment’s webpage, the review positions “UNCG to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with its mission, strategic plan, and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education.” Each program at UNCG completed a self-study that combined descriptions of the program and its activities with responses to statistics compiled by the Office of Planning and Assessment over a several year span. Program productivity, prestige, and efficiency were measured in various ways, among them numbers of majors and minors, retention and graduation figures, number of additional students touched by coursework and programming, information about graduate further education and jobs, and faculty research and awards. Assessments of the program’s uniqueness in the region and state and how the program fulfills aspects of the UNCG Strategic Plan were also included. These figures were reviewed by school and university teams who made recommendations to the Provost and Chancellor. The review will conclude this spring. Outcomes might include “reallocation of resources, which may involve the enhancement of some programs and the discontinuation, curtailment, or combination of others.” (

While we do not know the outcome of program review, our documents did make clear that Women’s and Gender Studies’ interdisciplinary program is highly efficient, and models ways in which the entire university might meet its strategic goal for “transformational undergraduate and graduate education in which students participate in high-impact experiences that develop integrative thinking and prepare collaborative, adaptable graduates with a broad spectrum of transferable skills for life, civic participation, and work in a global society.” The successes of our graduate, certificate, and undergraduate students in pursuing further education, holding meaningful jobs, and involvement in community activism were especially affirming. The quality of our innovative, productive faculty and the importance of the work of WGS Friends, as partners for our faculty and students in their research, outreach, and teaching/learning efforts, were also important features of our report.

Women’s and Gender Studies is moving forward with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and with the help of the WGS Friends. Over 2011-2012, the Friends improved our collection of books and DVDs in preparation for the move to Curry. They were also instrumental in securing the amount and configuration of space that we needed in Curry. WGS has been given permission to host the 2013 Southeastern Women’s Studies Association conference on campus. Too, we are able to search for a new staff person to fill Carole Lindsey-Potter’s impossibly big shoes and to allow the new person time with Carole for training.

Special thanks to alums who have kept in touch with us over the years. It is vitally important that we continue to know about your activities. Too, we are grateful to the WGS Friends whose work supports our research and teaching programs in WGS and provides ongoing connection to Greensboro communities.

Dr. Ann Dils 11

WGS Moves to the Curry Building

In June, WGS will bid a fond adieu to the Foust Building and move across Spring Garden Street to the Curry Building. The move will bring expanded space with room for growth. It will feature a conference room large enough to seat the cross-appointed WGS faculty for meetings in addition to housing the WGS library which includes books donated to the program by the Friends of Women’s and Gender Studies, chosen by graduating MA students, or authored by WGS faculty. Located in the third floor west wing of the building, WGS will be in close proximity to the African American Studies Program. Other entities moving all or part of their staffs to Curry include Philosophy, Communication Studies, Theatre, Interior Architecture, Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to classroom space, Curry also has an auditorium and the Macdonald Center Conference Room and kitchen.

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