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AST in Applied Feminism

In Spring 2011, Women and Gender Studies inaugurated the first Applied Study Term in Applied Feminism. Successful applicants work on programming and other activities for the Department, as well as have the opportunity to design their own projects or programs. The AST can be one or two semesters but not normally for more than 3 credit hours per semester. WGS provides work space, a friendly and supportive work environment, and mentoring for students desiring careers in higher education, community organizations, feminist/LGBTQ activism, and non-governmental organizations.

Students interested in building bridges between the Department and other campus offices or programs, or community organizations and efforts, are strongly encouraged to apply. Students in programs/majors requiring an Engagement Experience are strongly encouraeged to consult with the Chair of Women and Gender Studies to work out how an AST in Applied Feminism can fulfill major degree requirements.

Interested students should speak with one of the core WGS faculty and/or the department chair prior to submitting an application. Position announcement will be distributed through the AST website listing of AST internship opportunities. Applications due mid-March for one or two semester positions the following academic year. Application consists of a letter of application and a current resume (with references). WGS minors and/or students with a demonstrated commitment to feminist/LGBTQ issues and activism will receive priority consideration.

Current and former ASTs

Spring 2011: Justin Courtney (Sociology/Anthropology major/WGS minor)

Fall 2011/Spring 2012: Izti LLamas (Political Science and Legal Studies majors/WGS minor); Nicole Landreth (Psychology major/WGS and Visual Arts minors)