Women & Gender Studies News
Faculty and students from Fisher participated in the 5th Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues, held October 21-23. The Dialogues are a collaborative effort to reinvigorate Seneca Falls as a site of feminist activism and intellectual exchange. Drs. Jill Swiencicki, Deborah Uman, Pao Lee Vue, and Lisa J. Cunningham serve on the Planning Committee for the Dialogues, whose title this year was “Lean Out: Gender, Economics, and Enterprise.”
This year, the School of Arts and Sciences held an inaugural school-wide ceremony to recognize graduating seniors.
Dr. Jill Swiencicki, associate professor in the Department of English, has concluded her term as the director of the Women and Gender Studies (WGST) program. The WGST Advisory Board has elected Dr. Pao Vue, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Lisa Cunningham, visiting assistant professor of English and women and gender studies, to co-direct the program for a three-year term.
Through the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship, two recent St. John Fisher College alumni are spending their first year as graduates promoting literacy among area elementary school students. Melissa Guck ’15 and Burnette Woody ’15, were both selected as fellows in the program, which places recent graduates at community-based organizations for one year to create or expand initiatives that address the various challenges facing youth and families in Rochester.
Faculty members from St. John Fisher College played instrumental roles in the launch of a new academic periodical, The Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal. The multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, online journal, which launched in October, was collaboratively published by several regional colleges, universities, and community organizations.