WGS will celebrate 45 years on campus

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The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department will celebrate 45 years of women's studies on campus with several activities March 20-21.
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headshot: Mel Michelle Lewis
Mel Michelle Lewis will give a keynote presentation and lead faculty and student workshops.
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The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department will celebrate 45 years of women's studies on campus and other milestones with several activities March 20-21.

Highlights include an alumni panel discussion, student and faculty workshops, keynote address, and dinner celebration at Gallery Divani. Details are below, visit gvsu.edu/wgs/anniversary for more information.

Mel Michelle Lewis, director of the Center for Geographies of Justice and associate professor at Goucher College, will give a keynote address and lead student and faculty workshops. Lewis had served as interim executive director of the National Women's Studies Association and is a member of the Baltimore LGBTQ Commission, advising city leaders on issues impacting the LGBTQ community.

Alumni panelists are Kristen J. Cuhran Fuller, Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid Michigan; Dani Vilella, Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan; Jazz McKinney, YWCA West Central Michigan; and Erika Van Dyke, Grand Rapids Community Foundation. This event is co-sponsored by Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising.

March 20: 

• Faculty workshop with Mel Michelle Lewis, noon-1:30 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 2270; RSVP online at gvsu.edu/wgs/anniversary.

March 21:

• Student workshop with Mel Michelle Lewis, 10-11:15 a.m., Lake Ontario Hall, room 163

• Alumni panel, reception, keynote address, 4-7 p.m., DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium

• Anniversary dinner celebration, 7:30-9 p.m., Gallery Divani, 15 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids; RSVP at [email protected].

For details on anniversary events, visit gvsu.edu/wgs/anniversary or contact WGS at [email protected]


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