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Concepts of gender are a universally foundational element of societies and cultures globally. We study the complexity of human lives as gender intersects with sexuality, race, class, ability, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and age in the constitution of experience and identities.

An Open Letter to Students from Women's Studies:

November 16, 2015

Dear Colgate Community,

We in Women’s Studies are troubled by the culture of sexual violence on campus. We have been deeply moved by survivors’ testimonies over the course of last week, accounts we have heard repeated for too many years. We affirm that many of our students are hurting. We are present with you; we are listening. We support your activism.

As faculty and staff who have long been engaged in the struggle, we reaffirm our commitment to creating a campus culture that does not tolerate sexual assault, harassment, or bias, and that supports survivors of these incidents in their healing process and actively works to prevent and end sexual violence.

While many of us have worked for improvements in violence prevention and equity policy, we know this is not enough, because sexual violence continues to be a major problem on this campus.

We want to continue to create spaces of solidarity and cultural awareness in order to shift cultures of silence and violence.

We believe that ongoing dialogue and action is crucial.

In the following ways we will continue to work towards justice on campus:
  • We will encourage dialogue among student survivors and allies by facilitating a weekly reading group that supports survivor’s healing processes.
  • We will encourage critical dialogue among faculty on the topic of sexual violence through offering teaching resources and teach-in opportunities.
  • We will raise awareness about historical dimensions of activism to end sexual violence at Colgate, by creating social movement timelines and materials that are easily accessible to the campus.
  • We will work to build campus understandings of the intersectional dimensions of sexual power and violence and the ways that gender-based, class-based, racial, sexual, etc. hierarchies have long been maintained through social and political systems.
With dialogue and collective action we can do better to prevent sexual violence and support survivors. We are all in this together.

Women’s Studies Faculty and Staff (alpha-order signatures below)
  • Rebecca Miller Ammerman
  • Heidi Angueira
  • Claire Baldwin
  • Antonio Barerra
  • Danny Barreto
  • Travis Beaver
  • Janel Benson
  • Jesi Buell
  • John Connor
  • Kim Creasap
  • Allie Fry
  • Maureen Hays-Mitchell 
  • Jennifer Hull
  • Linck Johnson
  • Hélène Julien
  • Padma Kaimal
  • Deborah Knuth Klenk
  • Meika Loe
  • Elizabeth Marlowe
  • Clarice Martin
  • Mary Moran
  • Berlisha Morton
  • Nimanthi Rajasingham
  • Anna Rios-Rojas
  • Cristina Serna
  • Mary Simonson
  • Suzanne B. Spring
  • Lynn Staley
  • Linn Underhill
  • Priscilla Van Wynsberghe
  • Jing Wang
  • Sarah Wider

About Women's Studies

We offer the opportunity to pursue a major or a minor in women's studies.

Our hope is that the insights we uncover as we explore the issues above can move us beyond exclusionary theories and practices.

At its core, our Women's Studies Program is interdisciplinary, integrating knowledge from many disciplines. We pursue critical engagement with all forms of experience, applying a feminist perspective along the way.

By emphasizing interdisciplinary study, we seek to help you acquire the tools you need to analyze critically the societal, cultural, global, and personal issues that shape your life. We will challenge you to look at these issues from multiple perspectives. We also encourage you to reflect on the ways in which knowledge is produced within different and oftentimes unrecognized systems of oppression, and to critically examine categories that are presented as natural and permanent in their cultural and historical context.

Finally, the program strives to help its students acquire the skills of critical analysis and imagine alternatives that challenge the naturalizing of inequalities.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in women's studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out what just a few of our alumni are up to now:

Center for Women's Studies

The Center for Women's Studies is a multipurpose organization and space on campus that provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to formally and informally discuss and research topics along the feminist spectrum, and consider the intersectionality of identities and various forms of oppression.

The Center for Women's Studies is located in the basement of East Hall (campus map). Learn more about the Center for Women's Studies.

Program Contacts

Director: Meika Loe
Program Assistant: Allie Fry (
Administrative Assistant: Maxine Campbell (
Office: 107B East Hall
Phone: 315-228-7156 or 315-228-6868
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7507