Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies


The Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program encourages attendance at varied events that will help us refine our intersectional mindsets and develop more inclusive social justice perspectives.

May 5th, 2022 National Day of Awareness for MMIWG, Red Dress Reception

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is Thursday, May 5th, 2022. A Red Dress, handmade by Carolyn Rittenhouse (Lakota Sioux) with original artwork by Jamie Ray John (Anishinaabe and Korean 2 Spirit) screen printed onto, will be dedicated to the university as part of a permanent art installation honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, and 2 Spirit people at the reception. Contact the Project Creator, English Graduate Assistant and AAUW Director of Special Programs, Jordan Traut at jetraut@millersville.edu for more information. 

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September 7, 2021 7:00pm ET

Social Justice Through Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship can be a fundamental medium for addressing historic gaps in opportunities, access to resources, and economic security for women and people of color.  Join the AAUW Equity Network's Webinar for a discussion on how entrepreneurship can be more driven by justice than profit, how increased entrepreneurship among the most marginalized can lift communities and the critical need for an equitable business recovery that centers the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  


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February 17, 2021 5:30pm

Who Am I to Stop It?

Film Screening and discussion with the filmmaker.

A documentary film on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury.

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February 17, 12:00pm

Strength Based for Mother-Wit

Exploring the practices and pedagogies that have aided you in pivoting the barriers of the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood, LPC, NCC

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2021 Virtual Emerging Writers Festival (F&M)

Thursday, February 18 
12:00-1:30 pm: Craft talk with Tiana Clark Zoom Link
7:30 pm: Reading with Tiana Clark and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal  Zoom Link
Friday, February 19 
12:00-1:30 pm: Craft talk with Vanessa Angélica Villarreal Zoom Link
Thursday, February 25
7:30 pm: Reading with Martin Riker Zoom Link
Friday, February 26
12:00-1:30 pm: Craft talk with Martin Riker Zoom Link
Wednesday, March 3
7:30 pm: Reading with T Kira Madden and Meghan O'Gieblyn Zoom link
Thursday, March 4 
12:00-1:30 pm: Craft talk with Meghan O'Gieblyn Zoom link
Friday, March 5 
12:00-1:30 pm: Craft talk with T Kira Madden Zoom link

These events are free and open to the public.
About the writers:  
 Tiana Clark (Poetry) is the author of the poetry collection, I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016   Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts   Literature Fellow and a recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as a winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, VQR, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, BuzzFeed News, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Website:  www.tianaclark.com.  Photo credit: Daniel Meigs.

T Kira Madden (Nonfiction) is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an BA in design and literature from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, is available now. There is no period in her name. Website:  www.tkiramadden.com. Photo credit: Jac Martinez.

 Meghan O'Gieblyn (Nonfiction) is the author of the essay   collection Interior States, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award for   nonfiction. Her essays have received three Pushcart Prizes and one was   included in the Best American Essays 2017. Her work has appeared most recently in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, n+1, Tin House, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. She teaches courses at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working on a book about religion and technology.  Website:  www.meghanogieblyn.com.

 Martin Riker (Fiction) is author of the novel Samuel Johnson's Eternal   Return, and his fiction and criticism have appeared in the New York Times   Book ReviewWall Street JournalThe BafflerLondon   Review of BooksTLSParis Review, and The Guardian. He worked for about ten years as Associate Director of the nonprofit Dalkey Archive Press, and as an editor for The Review of Contemporary Fiction. In 2010 he co-founded, with his wife Danielle Dutton, the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project. He holds a PhD from the University of Denver and teaches in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis. Website:  www.martinriker.com. Photo credit: Jessica Baran.

 Vanessa Angélica Villarreal (Poetry) is the author of the collection Beast   Meridian,  a 2019 Whiting Award   recipient, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award   finalist, and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for the   Best First   Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her work in Poetry has been recognized   with a 2019 Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and has also appeared in the New York Times, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Rumpus, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Buzzfeed Reader, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and is pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.Website:  www.vanessaangelicavillarreal.com. Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan.

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February 25, 7-8:30

Carter Woodson Lecture: Dr. Deborah Gray White

Dr. Deborah Gray White presents "The Expendables: Black People and Disease." Discussion of "Facing the Pandemic Amid Racism" with regional organizations including Ambassadors for Hope, Church World Services, York City Schools, and Patients R Waiting.

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SRU Hosting Gender Studies Scholar March 3rd, 4:00pm

Diverse women in a circle

Slippery Rock University has invited Dr. Melinda Brennan, assistant chair of the women's and gender studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to present on the topic of intersectionality for their Diversity Management series. Intersectionality is a term that refers to the discrimination and disadvantages that affect people from overlapping social categories, such as race, class or gender, as well as people with disabilities or the LGBTQ+ community. Please visit their website (link below) to read more about the virtual event. Open to MU faculty, staff, and students.


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March 4, 6-8pm

Know My Name book discussion

Chanel MilerDanielle Harvey and Jill will be leading a book discussion on March 4th, the week of International Women’s Day.  The book is Chanel Miller’s Know My Name, a memoir of Chanel's experience as the survivor of a sexual assault by Brock Turner, a Stanford swimmer.  This book has received many accolades (see below) and was an important influence in the #MeToo movement. 

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Registration includes a free book for students!

From Amazon:

Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and an instant New York Times bestseller, Chanel Miller's breathtaking memoir "gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter." (The Wrap).

"I opened Know My Name with the intention to bear witness to the story of a survivor. Instead, I found myself falling into the hands of one of the great writers and thinkers of our time. Chanel Miller is a philosopher, a cultural critic, a deep observer, a writer's writer, a true artist. I could not put this phenomenal book down." --Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and Untamed

"Know My Name is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --Washington Post

She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.

Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.

Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.

Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, TIME, Elle, Glamour, Parade, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, BookRiot


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March 8th: International Women's Day Celebration

The President's Commission on the Status of Women will present events throughout the day to celebrate International Women's Day.

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March 8, 7:00pm Native Women, Indigenous Communities, and Tribal Policy


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The Learning Institute Documentary & Dialogue Series

March 11: Documentary & Dialogue Hungry to Learn, 6-9pm

April 5: Documentary & Dialogue: Tapped, 6-9pm

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February 18, 12:00pm

Metacogniton: Self-Regulated Learning and Memory Strategies

Rayne Sperling Ph.D - Penn State University 

Dr. Sperling is an Educational Psychology Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research examines students’ self-regulated learning and focuses on effective motivation, metacognition, and strategic processing for academic success. Her work also addresses effective instructional manipulations, in both traditional and technology-rich environments, that are designed to promote learners' self-regulation, comprehension, decision making, and problem solving. Much of her work addresses issues of objective-based student assessment, construct measurement, and evaluation.

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March 17, 5:30

Image of a mental ward cellBEDLAM

Documentary and discussion with writer, director, and other guests. Begins at 5:30

In an effort to get to the bottom of the current mental health crisis in the U.S., psychiatrist and documentarian Kenneth Paul Rosenberg M.D. chronicles personal, poignant stories of those suffering from mental illness, including his own family, to bring to light this epidemic and possible solutions. Shot over the course of five years, Bedlam takes viewers inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients, and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people affected by severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

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March 18, 12:00pm

I and I: Self, Spirit, and the Road to Resilience

Jason Baker Ph.D - Millersville University  

Dr. Baker is an Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator of School Counseling Program. He teaches primarily in the graduate school counseling program but also a few courses at the undergraduate level. Prior to teaching at MU, Dr. Baker worked for 5 years as a school counselor laying the foundational framework for a comprehensive school counseling program.  For many years, Dr. Baker also worked in community mental health with both children and adults. Dr. Baker’s dissertation examined the use of online virtual environments to teach social skills to third and fourth grade students.  Extending this research agenda, Dr. Baker is interested in technology in teaching and counseling, assessment techniques in school counseling, and the experiences of the rural school counselor. Dr. Baker received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Juniata College in 1999.  In 2002, He went onto receive his Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in elementary school counseling from Penn State University.   Dr. Baker graduated with his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2008. 

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The Learning Institute Policy Advocacy Webinar Series

March 24: Access to Childcare Webinar, 12-1pm

April 28: Access to Nutritious Food Webinar, 12-1pm

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March 26-27

PASSHE Women's Consortium Conference at SRU

Wellness, Agency, and Advocacy in an Intersectional Context

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Katie Edwards

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April 6, 7:00pm

Dr . Raina Jackson, Eileen Miller ,Taili Thompson and Faruq Wideman

Deconstructing Justice: Reconciliation, Healing, and Advocacy, 7:00pm on Zoom

This panel discusses restorative justice, which is an alternative, community building approach to the traditional, retributive criminal justice system. Panelist perspectives include formerly incarcerated citizens and victims and restorative justice advocates .

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April 14, 7:00pm

Environmental Injustice: Disparate Harms in a Capitalist Culture, 7:00pm on zoom

Marginalized communities are impacted in disproportionate ways by capitalist environmental policies. This panel explores some of the disparate harms and why it matters in a social justice context.


State Rep. Summer Lee of the 34th District
Matt Mehalik, Exec. Director of Breathe Project
NaTisha Washington, Environmental Justice Organizer at One PA
Dr. Catherine Massey, SRU Psychology Dept.
Darian Humer, SRU Student

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April 14-16

Global Citizenship: Acknowledging Interconnectedness & Cultivating Social Justice Conference

In the midst of a global pandemic, systemic racial injustice and global environmental crisis related to climate change, our connection to other groups and cultures is relevant now more than ever. The Learning Institute’s 8th Annual Global Well-Being conference will focus on using the social justice advocacy theoretical approach to developing global citizenry to address navigating our interconnectedness. A global citizen is aware of the wider world, has a sense of their own role as a world citizen, respects and values diversity, and engages in intergroup dialogue and cultural humility. With the interconnected and interdependent nature of our world, the global is not ‘out there’; it is part of our everyday lives, as we are linked to others in our own country and on every continent. As individuals and as leaders in larger organization how can we develop global citizenry to cultivate social

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April 22, 12:00pm

COVID 19 and Mental Health: Strategies for Wellness and Success

Sarah Gatumu, MD, MHP - Meadows Psychiatric Center, PA 

Sarah N Gatumu MD, is a Psychiatrist with extensive work experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, adults, patients dealing with addiction, and the geriatric population. She became increasingly dissatisfied with providing care to patients who seemed to be going through a revolving door, getting better for just a while then coming right back into the inpatient hospital. This revolving door kind of care is what prompted Dr. Gatumu to seek additional training to serve patients at a higher level by addressing the root cause of their illness. Dr. Gatumu received her training at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where she practiced for several years prior to relocating to the USA. She received an MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She pursued a Psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Western Psychiatric Institute and clinic then a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Allegheny General Hospital. She has worked in multiple settings in Western and Central Pennsylvania for over fifteen years. 

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February 16, 12pm

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma: Forging a Pathway to Holistic Health through Ancestral  Healing

TaLisa Ramos-Watts, MSW, LSW


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February 8, 4pm

Beverly Tatum

Beverly Tatum online event

Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium Speaker

Leadership matters. Good leaders know that you can’t solve a problem without talking about it. Yet many feel unprepared to exercise the leadership needed to address racial issues and take the necessary steps to create truly inclusive communities on their campuses, in their corporations, or in their communities. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, an award-winning educational leader, best-selling author, and noted expert on the psychology of racism, brings unique insights and strategies in both her writing and public speaking to those eager to jump-start the kind of productive conversations that can lead to effective action for social change.

Meeting ID: 992 3232 4348
Passcode: 755967

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    Dr. Thomas Neuville for Disability Film Series

    Dr. Caleb Corkery for Carter Woodson

    Dr. Jennie Burke for International Women's Day events

    Dr. Jill Craven for Know My Name event