March 31, 2014
Texas Tech University recently was recognized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) as one of seven schools that empower women.
The list, which was released on AAUW’s website March 25, comprises colleges and universities that have done work to “make the world a more equitable place for women.”
“Texas Tech is proud to make our campus a safe and equal place for women through programming, initiatives, administrative support and education,” said President M. Duane Nellis.
Texas Tech was specifically recognized for the work the Women’s Studies Program has done to address harassment, sexual assault and rape culture at Texas Tech and on college campuses. The Women’s Studies Program held a panel this spring based on President Obama’s task force on sexual assault.
“It is an honor to be part of a campus that recognizes that empowering women contributes to the excellence for which we strive,” said Charlotte Dunham, director for the Women’s Studies Program. “The Rape Culture Panel is an important step toward creating a safe and secure environment where women can be free to grow personally and intellectually.”
“With the implementation of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, we knew it was time to increase the visibility of past, current and future co-curricular programming we have offered,” said Tricia Earl, unit coordinator and academic advisor for the Women’s Studies Program. “We will continue to support our campus advocates to host more forums to discuss how well Texas Tech measures up to disseminate and engage in preventative programming on our campus to counteract rape culture.”
Currently, Texas Tech offers programs, events and support on campus to provide information and promote women’s safety and equality on campus and in the community including film screenings, campaigns such as Denim Day, “Take Back the Night,” and fundraising events for the Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock.
“Women’s Studies is one example of the many campus partners working to improve the climate for students at Texas Tech University as it relates to gender-based violence,” said Cathy Duran, associate vice provost for student affairs. “This is part of a comprehensive campus commitment to address gender discrimination through the prevention of and response to sexual violence.”
The full list can be found at AAUW.org.
Started in 1981, the Womens Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.
Texas Tech offers a minor in Womens Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.
The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.
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