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Feminism in Motion 2023 Program

Feminism in Motion 2023

Feminism in Motion (affectionately nicknamed “FeMo”) began in Spring 2018 and is our annual celebration of student scholars and their work on gender-related projects. Students prepare micro-presentations and informational posters to showcase the projects they have been working on throughout the year. These projects, which span disciplines and subject areas, make for a diverse showcase of the WGS program’s best and brightest!

This year is our 5th annual FeMo! We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Stern Center Ballroom. The event is 3PM-7PM. Feel free to drop-in or stay the entire event!

Statement of Solidarity & Support for Trans Community

Today, March 31, is International Transgender Day of Visibility! This day is observed around the world as a way of celebrating trans and non-binary people by centering their contributions to society, elevating their voices, and drawing attention to the discrimination they face.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Office of Student Wellness & Well-being join together in solidarity and support for trans members of our community at CofC, and across the Charleston area and the U.S. South.

We are collectively opposed to the harmful attacks against trans people whether those originate in legislation and the carceral system, in reckless media coverage, on college campuses, or in family units. These actions are fundamentally about eradicating trans existence.

We are firmly against efforts to criminalize gender affirming and supportive medical care, the exclusion of trans children from sports, and efforts to outlaw the discussion of LGBTQ+ people and their experiences in our schools.

Trans people have existed for all of human history. Before Europeans colonized the globe, indigenous communities across the world acknowledged and celebrated multiple gender identities. Colonization redefined culture, identities, values, and norms, and imposed the European ideal of gender (man and woman) as a tool for the process of oppression. Despite the visibility that once existed, transgender people have been pushed to the margins and their experiences erased.

Our collective offices are working to change this. We are here to support, affirm, and elevate the voices of our trans community. We are committed to and invested in combating disinformation, drawing attention to the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, and ensuring the inclusion of trans voices in our classrooms, policies, and campus leadership. We are here to provide support through student programming, peer and professional support services, academic courses, and the facilitation of a number of trainings, workshops, and talks that make trans people and trans experiences visible.

Together we want our trans students, faculty, and staff to know that we see you. You matter. You are loved. You belong.

For more information on campus LGBTQ+ resources and information you can visit:

https://libguides.library.cofc.edu/lgbtq

https://libguides.library.cofc.edu/c.php?g=1016721&p=7364508

https://today.cofc.edu/2023/03/31/college-provides-resources-support-on-international-transgender-day-of-visibility/

Fall 2023 Course Brochure

NOTE: Download PDF for most up-to-date course offerings for Fall 2023

Fall 2023 Courses Fall course brochure 2023

Need an advising appointment? Reach out to Dr. De Welde (deweldek@cofc.edu) or Dr. Ravalico (ravalicold@cofc.edu).

Gender Affirming Birth Work for CofC Students

Moss Student WorkshopWGS and our co-sponsors are delighted to announce a workshop hosted by Moss the Doula entitled: Gender Affirming Birth Work for CofC Students. This is a great learning resource for CofC students, and we hope to see you there!

Topics will include:

  • Context for what trans & queer families experience on the perinatal journey
  • Gender non-assuming language for gestation and birth related topics
  • Creating a trans-affirming resources & referrals lists
  • Supporting a client when they’re being misgendered
  • Myths & misinformation about trans-specific reproductive issues

Moss Froom is a nonbinary birth worker and educator living in Baltimore, MD. Moss offers trans and queer centered support services for people at all stages of their reproductive and family building journeys, and teaches other birth workers and healthcare providers how to provide support that’s affirming and celebratory of trans and queer families.

Gender Affirming Reproductive Healthcare For Faculty, Staff, & Community

Gender Affirming 
Reproductive Healthcare

WGS and our co-sponsors are delighted to announce a workshop hosted by Moss the Doula entitled: Gender Affirming Reproductive Healthcare For Faculty, Staff, & Community. This is a great learning resource for CofC faculty and staff as well as community members in the Charleston area.

Topics will include:

  • Context for what trans & queer families experience on the perinatal journey
  • Common use terms & definitions for trans identities & experiences
  • Gender non-assuming language for gestation and birth related topics
  • Best practices for adapting perinatal support practice to a gender affirming model
  • Time and space to practice and ask questions

Moss Froom is a nonbinary birth worker and educator living in Baltimore, MD. Moss offers trans and queer centered support services for people at all stages of their reproductive and family building journeys, and teaches other birth workers and healthcare providers how to provide support that’s affirming and celebratory of trans and queer families.

Welcome Gathering & Conversation with Moss the Doula

Moss Welcome Event

Please join WGS and our wonderful co-sponsors as we host a welcome gathering and conversation with special guest, Moss the Doula! This welcome event will take place Thursday, March 16th from 1:50PM – 4:15PM at Stern Center Ballroom located at 71 George St. Enjoy a casual discussion and Q & A with us.

Moss Froom is a nonbinary birth worker and educator living in Baltimore, MD. Moss offers trans and queer centered support services for people at all stages of their reproductive and family building journeys, and teaches other birth workers and healthcare providers how to provide support that’s affirming and celebratory of trans and queer families.

Black Women Disrupting Institutionalized Inequalities

Black Women Disrupting Institutionalized Inequalities

Join Women’s & Gender Studies and the 1967 Legacy Program for a dialogue with Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott and Tamika “Mika” Gadsden and moderated by Legacy Scholar Miyah Jackson on Friday, February 24th from 2PM-3PM at Maybank 101. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Spotlight: Sara Solan

What is your hometown, your pronouns, and your major(s)/minor(s)?Sara Solan

My hometown is Franklin, TN. I use She/Her pronouns. My major is International Studies.

What areas/aspects of gender activism and/or advocacy for women and girls you find most engaging/interesting/what you’re most passionate about?

I am most passionate about advocating internationally for women’s and girls’ rights; I am specifically interested in education. Malala Yousafzai has been one of my biggest inspirations for years.

Tell us about any extracurricular work you’re doing (ex. volunteering/local activism), or any involvement you have on campus with clubs/organizations.

I am the Founder and President of Cougar Refugee Alliance (CRA). I started this club at the College of Charleston in Spring 2022 because I saw the need to support Afghan refugees arriving in Charleston. I had worked with refugees back home in Nashville, and I knew how vital our help was in helping them transition to self-sufficiency in the United States. We have worked with Lutheran Services Carolina, our area resettlement agency, to assist over 80 Afghan refugees who have arrived in the area. In our first semester we grew rapidly to 75 members. CRA held a fundraiser, a school supply drive, and helped to coordinate and staff childcare during a Cultural Orientation for all recently resettled refugees. Our advocacy will continue as refugees from various parts of the world will be resettling in the Charleston area.

I also serve as a student representative of the College’s Task Force on Refugee Resettlement. This campus wide collaboration arose from some of my initial discussions with Dr. De Welde about what I wanted to do for my activism project as a Ketner Emerging Leader. Comprised of faculty and staff from across the College and student representatives, this taskforce focuses on coordinating campus involvement in local refugee resettlement efforts such as by establishing “Circles of Welcome” for families. I help to lead and coordinate student involvement with task force initiatives, and am a student liaison with Lutheran Services Carolina.

I am also a Charleston Fellow and an International Scholar, active in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Charleston Hillel, and the Chaarg Fitness Club.

What does being a Ketner scholar mean to you?

Being a Ketner Scholar means actively working to create change in the local community to promote acceptance. I think it means to have courage to step up and advocate for those who do not have the same privileges that I do as a white American woman with the ability to attend college. It means going out into the community and making a hands-on impact.

What are your plans and goals after graduation?

After college, my goal is to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or for a refugee resettlement agency. I hope to apply what I learn from the International Studies program to work on policy change to make refugee resettlement a more efficient and effective process.

WGS Intersections | The Ends of Rainbows

Ends of Rainbows

Join WGS and The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for a panel discussion organized by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston around themes explored in Jovencio de la Paz: The Ends of Rainbows on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 6:00PM.

This event will take place in person with a virtual participation option at halsey.cofc.edu/live

The panel participants are selected by WGS and is comprised of:

Kris de Welde, Director and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Sarah Schoemann, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Christina García, Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies

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