On November 14, the WGS program hosted a reception for its WGS Oral History Project. The project focuses on collecting the Women’s & Gender Studies program’s rich history, and has been led by WGS director Kris De Welde, Cara Delay (History and previous WGS Director), and Susan Farrell (English, previous WGS Director) alongside three current WGS students. These students, Kate Cockerham, Savannah Crocker, and Raegan Whiteside, were honored at the event, alongside current and past WGS leaders such as directors and associate directors who were interviewed for the project.
Over the past semester, Kate, Savannah, and Raegan sat down with past directors of the program and conducted qualitative interviews. These interviews allowed them to cultivate a robust understanding of our program’s history, as well as the history of women at the College. The students have been involved in every aspect of the oral history process, including IRB certification, interview protocols, and transcription writing and formatting. Each of the three student researchers will write final papers synthesizing and analyzing these qualitative interviews.
Below is a gallery of photos from this celebration, which was held at the beautiful Blacklock House (18 Bull Street) here on campus.