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Women’s and Gender Studies Department to Showcase Student Work and Its Diverse Offerings

March 18, 2009 -

Women's and Gender Studies program offerings will be showcased as part of a conference set for March 20.

The event will feature presentations from a number of students who have taken courses in women's and gender studies and are doing research on related topics. Sandy Rodriguez, an artist and art educator whose work has been shaped by feminism, will serve as keynote speaker.

Rodriguez will speak about her work during a dinner at 6 p.m. in the University Club. Student presentations are set for 2:30 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) offices on the first floor of the Hunsaker Center. A student art show also is planned.

Rodriguez is currently senior project management coordinator in the education department of the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has worked with a number of Los Angeles museums, art schools and community based organizations, including California Institute of the Arts, Art Center College of Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of community based arts non-profits. Her work focuses in part on the planning and teaching of interdisciplinary art programs for a wide range of audiences.

The conference is designed in part to commemorate the program's name change from Women's Studies to Women's and Gender Studies.

The name change was part of an effort to become more inclusive, and to more accurately reflect the offerings of the program, according Women's and Gender Studies Director Jennifer Nelson. The program currently includes classes in masculinity and the changing role of men, as well as classes that focus on queer theory and other topics.

"The field of women's studies has evolved to include more than women's studies," Nelson said. "We thought it was important for our name to reflect that."

Click on the links below to see the contest winner's artwork.

Hermie Nativida I moved to the United States from the Philippines in 1998 to mainly study. After almost two years here, I went to California State University San Bernardino and graduated in 2004 with a major in Graphic Design and Marketing. My educational experience further enhanced my skills in design and trained me in Marketing. I had my internship in a local company in Redlands and worked for them after graduation for more than two years. I then started doing freelance graphic design that landed me a fulltime job in Palm Springs and then in Los Angeles.

When I decided to move in the United States, I knew I would not settle for a Bachelors Degree. Last year, we started a family and decided to pursue my MBA in the University of Redlands. I just started the program this month and already enjoying it. Also in 2008, I started a new job as a Creative Marketing Consultant for a resort in St. Martin, French West Indies. I am expecting to graduate in 2011 with my Global Business emphasis.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK My entry represents a woman who is sultry and exciting with the use of colors and curves but respected and has control over the man as shown in her higher position. The man is shown as educated and a gentleman by his hat and bowtie.

Suzanne Moore received her Bachelor's of music years ago at Texas State University in San Macros, Texas. She is a musician and artist who is currently attending Redlands University in the School of Education Preliminary Teacher Credential Program. She will be receiving her California teacher certification in multiple subjects in the Fall of 2009 (November) when she will go on to teach music and the arts in public school.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK The role and strength of women throughout the world is important to Suzanne. She is also an advocate for the education and entrepreneurial aspirations for all women. She wanted her art to reflect various cultures and ages, and carefully selected colors that were inclusive of all women. The women depicted look towards their futures with hope and intelligence, while the WGSC subtly weaves in the "female sign" for emphasis. 

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