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GSEC’s Gender Equity Week Schedule for 2022

Gender Equity Week

Here are some event highlights:

Monday, March 14th – Women on Fire Roundtable: This event will kick-off Gender Equity Week. As outlined on CofC’s Critical Conversations webpage, “During Women’s History Month – celebrated annually each March – the College of Charleston reflects on the myriad contributions women and gender-diverse communities have made, and continue to make, on the growth and identity of the institution.

Wednesday, March 16th – Engaging with Definitions of Southern Matriarchy with the authors of Through Mama’s Eyes. From the publisher: Through Mama’s Eyes: Unique Perspectives in Southern Matriarchy looks at the concept of Southern matriarchy and how it has influenced American society. In 2016, the Ernest J. Gaines Center hosted a public program that explored the way women use physical space in literature. That program created many discussions of how the term matriarch is understood and applied, especially in the southern regions of the United States. Southern matriarchy is something that has been idolized and parodied in popular formats, such as movies and film, and the purpose of this book is to explore all of the faceted interpretations of southern matriarchy and its impact on our society.

Thursday, March 17th – Beyond the Binary: A Facilitated Convo on Gender Expansiveness. This is a student- led dialogue to learn about the current legislative context around anti-truth bills as they relate to gender expansiveness and also to better understand how to support gender expansiveness at CofC from students’ perspective.

We encourage students and faculty to join in on this week of fun, learning, and inclusivity!

WGS Book Club Presents: Conversation with the Authors of “Where is the Justice? Engaged Pedagogies in Schools & Communities”

Where is the Justice Book

Women’s & Gender Studies in partnership with the Sustainability Literacy Institute at CofC are hosting a virtual conversation with the authors of “Where is the Justice? Engaged Pedagogies in Schools & Communities” on Friday, Feb. 11th at 1PM. Zoom meeting ID and passcode are on the flyer. We look forward to you joining the discussion, and keep reading to learn more about the book!

From the publisher:

This inspirational book is about engaged pedagogies, an approach to teaching and learning that centers dialogue, listening, equity, and connection among stakeholders who understand the human and ecological cost of inequality. The authors share their story of working with students, teachers, teacher educators, families, community members, and union leaders to create transformative practices within and beyond public school classrooms. This collaborative work occurred within various spaces—including inside school buildings, libraries, churches, community gardens, and nonprofit organizations—and afforded opportunities to grapple with engaged pedagogies in times of political crisis. Featuring descriptions from a district-wide initiative, this book offers practical and theoretical resources for educators wanting to center justice in their work with students. Through question-posing, color images, empirical observations, and use of scholarly and practitioner-driven literature, readers will learn how to use these resources to reconfigure schools and classrooms as sites of engagement for equity, justice, and love.

Book Features:

  • Provides a sound approach to deeply taking up the work of justice and engaged pedagogies.
  • Presents linguistic, cultural, theoretical, and practical ideas that can be used and implemented immediately.
  • Includes reflective questions, found poetry, lesson ideas, storytelling as narrative, and examples of engaged pedagogies.
  • Shares stories from a district-wide initiative that embedded engaged pedagogies within classrooms, counseling offices, and libraries.
  • Showcases original artwork and images in full color by Grace D. Player, one of the coauthors.

About the authors:

Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and president of the National Council of Teachers of English (2021–2022). Her books include Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction. Emily A. Nemeth is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Denison University. Tamara T. Butler is executive director of Avery Research Center, College of Charleston. Grace D. Player is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut.


Spirit Day 2020: Queer Youth Fest Events, 10/15-10/18

Queer Youth Fest Lineup (text reproduced below)

October 15-18 – We Are Family Presents: Spirit Day 2020 Queer Youth Fest 

We Are Family is celebrating Spirit Day this year with an amazing lineup of virtual events! See below (and attached) for an overview of what’s coming up… 

  • Thursday, October 15 – “From Coming Out to Showing Up: Storytelling & Panel with Cecilia Gentili & Friends” – from 6:00-7:00 
  • Friday, October 16 – “No Pride without Spirit” Open Mic Night – from 7-8:30 
  • Saturday, October 17 – “For Which it Stands” Town Hall with the Gibbes Museum of Art at 12:00 and “Queers & Zines Making History” Workshop from 6:30-8:00 
  • Sunday, October 18 – “Representation Matters: LGBTQI+ Movie Marathon” from 3:00-8:00 

10/16 – WHRT Presents: “Addressing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in African Americans: Population Health at Work!”

addressing maternal health flyer

October 16 at 1:00pm – Women’s Health Research Team presents “Addressing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in African Americans: Population Health at Work!” featuring Nancy Muller, PhD, MBA – 

The Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT) is delighted to host a conversation with Nancy Muller, PhD, MBA on Friday, October 16th at 1pm. We will learn more about “Addressing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in African Americans: Population Health at Work.” Dr. Muller is the Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center and the co-chair of the Maternal and Infant & Child Health Committee of the Tri-County Community Health Initiative. (flyer attached) 

  • RSVP for this webinar ( Once you have registered, a Zoom link will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. We are thrilled to open our WHRT meetings this semester to any faculty and students who may be interested in learning more about women’s health.  

Saturday, September 26 @ NOON – “Art & Agriculture: Black Farming and Foodways” – Gibbes Museum of Art (virtual event)

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Art and Agriculture: Black Farming and Foodways – September 26 @ 12:00pm – part of the Gibbes Museum of Art “For Which It Stands: Virtual Town Hall” series

What defines the American experience? What makes a community? Inspired by the exhibition Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, this three part series invites participants to a town hall-style Zoom with local artists and community stakeholders where we’ll address these and other questions as we grapple with the effects of a global pandemic and a renewed reckoning with racial injustice.  

FRIDAY, September 18 – EPIC’s International Equal Pay Day!: Building Back a Better Future of Work by Ensuring Pay Equity

Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)

FRIDAY, September 18 – Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)’s International Equal Pay Day!: Building Back a Better Future of Work by Ensuring Pay Equity

On the occasion of the first International Equal Pay Day, and in the midst of the fallout from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is hosting a virtual global Call to Action encouraging all labor market actors to take the necessary steps to ensure that equal pay is at the heart of recovery efforts worldwide. Panelists for this virtual event include Thorsteinn Viglundsoon (former minister of social affairs and equality, Iceland), Megan Rapinoe (Captain of the US National Women’s Soccer team), Samira Ahmed (BBC journalist), Kristen Skogen Lund (CEO of Schibsted ASA Norway), Iris Bohnet (academic), and Nadia Soubat (Executive Bureau Member from CDT Morocco). Moderated by Nozipho Tshabalala. This virtual event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and International Sign language.  

Book Launch Zoom Discussion: Erin Hatton’s “Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment”

coerced flyer

September 16, 3-4pm – Coerced by Erin Hatton book launch & zoom discussion with Adia Harvey Wingfield and Victor Ray –

Join us for a zoom discussion of Erin Hatton’s new book, Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment (Univ. of Calif. Press, 2020), featuring Adia Harvey Wingfield (Wash U in St. Louis) and Victor Ray (University of Iowa), who will share their brilliant takes on the book’s central question: What do incarcerated workers, workfare workers, student athletes, and graduate students all have in common? 


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Census Week: Count Me In!

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April 1st is Census Day!

The census is a survey by the statistical federal Census Bureau that counts EVERYONE currently residing in the states at the time of response, regardless of race, age, gender, OR immigration status and is confidential. This data will decide where $800 billion in federal funds like Medicare, WIC, bus routes, etc, go for the next 10 years. It is mandated by the US Constitution is also used to draw district lines and allocate representatives. Essentially, it determines our future! Don’t miss out on the count.

College students should report with their normal college address they would be at this moment if we didn’t have the COVID-19 madness. This means your parents or whoever you are with at this time do not need to claim you under their address if this isn’t where you’d normally be.

You can report online, via phone, or mail. For online, go to You may have been mailed a code to use, but if not, no worries, you can report without out it (that option is under the box for the code)! If you can’t report by April 1 they have extended the response time to mid August. But, it’s quick and easy and important, so let’s do it!

Email for more information or volunteer opportunities. Thank you!

(3/9) Healing Workshop: Exploration of Trauma, Personal Wellness, and Healing Practices

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March 9 – Healing Workshop: Exploration of Trauma, Personal Wellness, and Healing Practices – 6:00-7:30pm, Stern 205 –

Join mother-worker-activist Dru McDaniel as she guides us on a journey of self-exploration, personal resiliency, and emotional liberation. She holistically approaches this work from the intersections of social activism and spiritual empowerment in efforts to provide us with the tools to author our own healing. (flyer attached) 

GSEC’s Gender Equity Week Schedule (3/2-3/7)


GEW Schedule
Here are some event highlights: 
  • Wednesday, March 4 –  “Including Trans Women in Women’s Sports” Dr. Veronica Ivy – 2:30-4, EHHP Alumni Center 
  • Thursday, March 5 –  SafeZone training for students, faculty, & staff – 3:30-5:30, Stern 205 
    • “Looking for Equity” Panel Discussion, presented by GSEC & the Black Student Union – 6-7:30, RSS 235 
  • Friday, March 6 –  Fight Back Open Mic & Closing Celebration, 5:30-7:30, ECTR 118 
  • Saturday, March 7 –  BE WELL Expo – College of Charleston’s 2nd Annual Be Well Expo is 26 days away! Join us for a FREE day filled with tailored workshops, physical activities such as Zumba, HIIT and Yoga, and lunch provided by Panera Bread. Learn ways to manage stress and seek community so you can thrive on campus. 
    • Register today by either scanning the QR on the flyer or by clicking here

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