News & Updates
"Bachelor of Arts students must complete at least twelve units of Complementary Studies outside of the primary prefix for the major. Students who complete two majors or a major and a minor automatically complete the Complementary Studies requirement. Details about Complementary Studies can be found in the Bulletin description for each B.A. degree. Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. These students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units." View the bulletin for our B.A.
WGS students in the past have used the complementary studies requirement as a way to acquire a minor as well. Some popular minors with our students have been, but are not limited to, Ethnic Studies, BECA, Communications, and Comparative Literature. View the bulletin programs.
It is important to note that some minor programs allow students to double count WGS courses. Please make sure you check with your minor department.
On February 23rd, President Wong of San Francisco State University sent an email to the entire campus community. In his statement, Wong apologizes for the hurt feelings of Jewish students—represented in his email by a about a dozen student members of Hillel—and emphasizes that “Zionists are welcome” on the campus of SF State. The Women and Gender Studies Department is deeply concerned about the motivation, tenor, and potential effects of this statement, which comes as the latest missive in a longstanding debate about Zionism, the impact of Israeli state policy, and the struggle for Palestinian freedom as they affect the social justice mission of San Francisco State University.
Zionism is not equivalent to Jewishness; anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism. Zionism is a political ideology that supports the state of Israel. It does not represent all Jewish people--nor does Hillel represent all Jewish students. Wong’s statement fails to express concern or support for Palestinian, Arab, and Middle Eastern students and their allies that are harmed by Zionism. At the least, the philosophy of Zionism must be a subject of political debate at San Francisco State University, and cannot hold protected status as a discourse of “safety” set apart from other historical, political and ideological movements that impact members of the SFSU community. We are concerned that such material support for Zionist discourse, evidenced in this statement and previous actions by the university president, outweighs concern for the whole of our campus community.
Zionism mobilizes race, gender, and sexuality in specific ways, which continue to be a topic of investigation and contestation in fields such as Women and Gender Studies. The history and contemporary discourse of racialized gender and sexuality for Jewish people in Zionism is a site of debate and political protest today--especially as the Israeli state’s project of “pinkwashing” is decried by queer activists internationally. In addition, there is strong contestation among feminists regarding Zionist ideologies. As the case of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi illustrates, feminists are identifying and protesting contemporary conditions of emergency in Palestine, and pointing out how Zionism targets women and families in broader projects of racialized population control. This, among other histories of feminist debate, show that Zionism as a political ideology needs to be up for debate at minimum.
In sum, the Department of Women and Gender Studies unequivocally rejects the equation of Zionism with Judaism, and stands by all of our SFSU students and their right to a university committed to intellectual inquiry and social justice.
Some further reading on gender, sexuality, Zionism, and Palestinian liberation:
Abdulhadi, Rabab, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine C. Naber. Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.
Barghouti, Miriam. "No, You Can't Be a Feminist and a Zionist," The Forward. November 27, 2017.
Boyarin, Daniel. Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Daoud, Nihaya. "Internal Displacement and Health among the Palestinian Minority in Israel," Social Science and Medicine, 74 (2012) 1163-1171.
Lloyd, David. "It is our Belief that Palestine is a Feminist Issue..." Feminists @ Law: An Open Access Journal of Feminist Legal Scholarship, Vo. 4 n.1, 2014 http://journals.kent.ac.uk/index.php/feministsatlaw/article/view/107/282. Accessed February 18, 2018.
Meyerson, Colleen. "Can you be a Feminist and a Zionist? Linda Sarsour Says No." The Nation, March 13, 2017. https://www.thenation.com/article/can-you-be-a-zionist-feminist-linda-sarsour-says-no/ Accessed February 18, 2018.
Naber, Nadine C. Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism. New York: New York University Press, 2012.
"Palestinian Women's Call for Worldwide Women's Endorsement of BDS," BDS, March 8, 2016. https://bdsmovement.net/news/palestinian-women’s-call-worldwide-women’s-endorsement-bds
Pappé, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: One World Publications, 2006.
Sabbagh, Suha. Palestinian Women of Gaza and the West Bank. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.
Sarsour, Linda."Can you be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour Says No," The Nation. March 13, 2017.
Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera. "Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between Thought and Practice," feminists@law, 4:1 (2014).
Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera. “The Grammar of Rights in Colonial Contexts: The Case of Palestinian Women in Israel”, Middle East Law and Governance 4 (2012), pp. 106-151.
Sharoni, Simona. Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women's Resistance. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
Shulman, Sarah. “Israeli and ‘Pinkwashing.’” New York Times, Nov. 22, 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/opinion/pinkwashing-and-israels-use-of-gays-as-a-messaging-tool.html. Accessed Feb. 27, 2018
Sri, Meg. “Why Liberal Feminism Must Embrace the Cause to #FreeAhedTamimi” Feministing.com, Jan 8, 2018 http://feministing.com/2018/01/08/why-liberal-feminism-must-embrace-the-... Accessed February 27, 2018.
Ziadeh, Rafael. Hadeel. http://www.rafeefziadah.net/hadeel/ [spoken word album]
WGS will be reviewing and accepting applications earlier in 2019
Deadlines to apply for the MA program will be
January 15th: committee will make decisions by Feb 15
March 15th: committee will make decisions by April 30th
The Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship is designed to encourage support for women's rights and social justice on the campus and in the wider community. This year our two winners are Esbeidy Gutierrez (undergraduate student) and Sandra Garcia-Fraire (graduate student). The Department congratulates them and wishes them success in all their endeavors.
We are pleased to announce that Women & Gender Studies is now part the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which enables students in 16 Western states and territories to enroll in participating public graduate programs as nonresidents, yet pay the lower resident tuition rate.
Basic needs in the higher education setting refers to those things that are necessary for students to be active and engaged learners, with an equitable opportunity for full participation in curricular and co-curricular offerings of the University. These basic needs can include, but are not limited to, safety, access to quality mental health services, food security, and housing security
The Department of Women and Gender Studies will celebrate with this year's graduating class Friday May 24th, in the J Paul Leonard Library, Room 121, from 1pm-3pm. Regalia is not required; students are encouraged to wear whatever they want.
Women and Gender Studies, with the support of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, is delighted to offer another semester of our WGS 305/805 Lecture Series. Coordinated and facilitated by Professor Christoph Hanssmann, there will be several guest lecturers throughout the semester. Click here for the complete flyer
Wear Movement looking for fall/winter clothing
Fall has come, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Would you like to brighten a hard-working student’s spirit by giving them a chance to look their best during the upcoming holidays? How about keeping the Earth cleaner and combatting textile waste? If so, consider donating to the Wear Movement’s next donation day.
With the weather getting chillier, the Wear Movement is currently looking for any rain gear and cold weather accessory donations. Acceptable donations include (but are not limited to) clean coats, jackets, rain jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. Drop off or pick up items on the plaza level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Student mental health listening session, Nov. 14
Health Promotion & Wellness, Residential Life and Student Activities & Events, in collaboration with the California Mental Health Services Act, is excited to announce a listening session and resource fair focusing on college student mental health. Staff, faculty and students are invited to meet with community mental health providers and share their thoughts on what culturally responsive mental health services are needed. Lunch will be provided to anyone who attends. The event will be held at the Towers Conference Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
From the WGS Faculty –
We are horrified and deeply saddened by the recent death of a student member of the SFSU community. Those closest to her have requested discretion, as we grieve and process our disbelief and her loss. It is with heartfelt compassion that we respect these wishes.
During this time of bereavement, many of us are thinking about individual and community-wide trauma, how best to prevent and end violence, mental health and wellness and also about fellowship, solidarity, and radical community.
We are aware that the circumstances surrounding this community member’s death might be very familiar to many of you and we want you to please take note of resources available to you. There are counselors on campus at (415) 338-2208; as well as resources off campus, such as W.O.M.A.N, Inc. (877-384-3578) and San Francisco Women Against Rape (415-647-7273).
Let’s take a moment to be kind to ourselves, and to each other. Take a breath and know that while struggles are real and everywhere -- whether it be among students, staff, or faculty – they can be shared.
Congratulations to WGS alumna, Monica James, whose book _Invisible Libraries_ was published in India and is a finalist for the Jan Michalski award! Monica graduated from the Department of Women and Gender Studies in Spring 2016.
We are excited to announce that our department will have a new full-time faculty member beginning 2017-2018. Please be sure to welcome Chris Hanssmann in August and look for his classes next year. In the meantime, you can learn more about his research at: http://sociology.ucsf.edu/current-sociology-students
SFSU now has a food pantry for students.
Associated Students Food Pantry is now OPEN at the Event Center / The Annex. This service is offered every Monday to all SFSU students. For more information you can email the staff of AS Productions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may register to receive this service:
The Women and Gender Studies Department wants to give a huge congratulations to Sharron Watts and Sofia Cardenas (http://icce.sfsu.edu/awards) for receiving the SF State Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagment, and to Swetha Pottam for being published in the Sutro Review!
Toni Eby just had a short piece published in Open Democracy! Toni is transfer student who joined the Women and Gender Studies Department in Spring 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their hard work. If you would like to read the article, please take a look at the following link: https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/using-intersectional-approach-to-raid-and-rescue
The College of Liberal & Creative Arts is pleased to announce that 496 of its seniors have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. WGS congratulates all the College students for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Click the link to see the complete list of students.
The Department of Women and Gender Studies graduated 26 undergraduate majors, 17 undergraduate minors, and 10 graduate students. We are so proud yet sad to say goodbye to these wonderful people and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
Fall 2017 Graduates-BA
Fall 2017 Graduates-Minors
Spring 2018 Graduates-BA
Spring 2018 Graduates-Minors
Spring 2018 Graduates-MA
Summer 2018 Graduates- BA
Summer 2018 Graduates- Minors