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With a $1M gift, alumna Iris Harrell and wife Ann Benson create a new scholarship for gender, sexuality and women’s studies at VCU

With a $1M gift, alumna Iris Harrell and wife Ann Benson create a new scholarship for gender, sexuality and women’s studies at VCU

June 13, 2018

When Iris Harrell’s parents got divorced during her junior year at what is now the University of Mary Washington, her college education was left in jeopardy. She didn’t have enough money to supplement the scholarships that had allowed her to be the first member of her North Carolina farming family to attend college.

An Open Letter from the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU

An Open Letter from the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at VCU

August 18, 2017

We return to campus this year anguished but resolute, determined to resist the violence and visceral hate confronting us and our students. Though there are so many events, unfortunately, that we could write about, we feel compelled to speak out in the aftermath of the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. As faculty and staff of one of the state universities in Virginia, located in the former capital of the confederacy, and in a city with its own shameful and brutal history of enslavement, we must speak out and condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist attacks, as well as revisionist histories and false equivalencies between white supremacy and anti-racist activism that continue to circulate.

Inside the fight to win VCU’s official recognition of the university’s first LGBTQIA student organization

Inside the fight to win VCU’s official recognition of the university’s first LGBTQIA student organization

September 29, 2016

In the fall of 1974, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning and straight Virginia Commonwealth University students founded the school’s first LGBTQIA student organization, the Gay Alliance of Students, with the goals of “awareness, education and consciousness-raising among gay students and other concerned students, to alleviate the problems of homophobia, to support the Equal Rights Amendment [and] to alleviate discrimination of sexual orientation.”

Summer Jail Mail

Summer Jail Mail

June 16, 2015

Monday, June 16, 2014 Every Monday 919 W Franklin Street 1st Floor // Room 103 Every Monday, starting June 2, the GSWS department is continuing our tradition of prison activism by hosting letter writing and zine making workshops from 1-3. We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond 

Art Show: Placing (Place Placing) Identity

Art Show: Placing (Place Placing) Identity

April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Thursday, April 24, 2014 Performing (Place Placing) Identity April 24th Crenshaw House 919 W. Franklin Street 5-9pm The VCU Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Department is hosting our spring show, Performing (Place Placing) Identity. Our event will explore how and why certain ‘identities’ and ‘places’ are produced. It will attempt to address

Speaker: Madison Moore

Speaker: Madison Moore

April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014 BEYONCE: A MASTERCLASS IN FIERCENESS April 7th University Commons Commons Theater 907 Floyd Ave 5pm We’re in a Beyoncé moment. The pop sensation has more fans, more fame, and more cultural influence than ever before. But what makes her so iconic? What is her relationship to “fierceness”? What is “fierceness” anyway? 

Speaker: Dr. Kimberly N. Brown

Speaker: Dr. Kimberly N. Brown

January 29, 2014

Monday, February 10th 7-9pm VCU Monroe Park Student Commons 907 Floyd Avenue. Richmond VA Richmond Salons I and II There will be a presentation by Dr. Kimberly N. Brown titled ”Someday my Prince Will Come: Rescue Missions and Black Female Embodiment in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.” Free and open to the public.