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Women's and Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies Program
Wins the 2014 AAWCC Community College Award

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The Montgomery College Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGSP) has received the 2014 Community College Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) .

The AAWCC Community College Award is one of the Association's Model Program Awards, "a national award program designed to highlight the accomplishments of colleges, AAWCC members and chapters, individuals, and community partners that support women in professional development, leadership training, career advancement, service activities, mentoring and networking."

The award recognizes a community college for a program or programs that demonstrate a commitment to equity and excellence for women on campus. It was presented at the AAWCC's Annual Awards Breakfast, on Monday, April 7, at the Woodman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The WGSP was selected for this honor based on its Annual Scholarship Program, which supports and promotes equality and equal access and opportunities for all women and men at Montgomery College.

The Scholarship Program was also selected because it aligns well with the AAWCC's mission and goals to change women's lives through education, service and leadership development.

The Scholarship Program is broad in scope as it reaches out to the entire college both in the raising of monies for scholarships and in the award of the scholarships to students from a variety of disciplines on all three campuses.

Specific fundraising initiatives have included silent auctions, sale of Lucinda Pins, dance performances, and donations at the Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

Excerpts from scholarship winners' application essays were selected for use in the event's program, underscoring their leadership in women's, gender-related or other socially conscious program, including this one:

                                          "I believe when women are visible and have their own voice in major institutions,
                                           their voices can bridge a gender gap and promote gender equality in every society."   


The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers courses about women and gender for both women and men. 

The program is designed to explore the experiences and contributions of women to their cultures. 

Informed by feminist theory, Women's Studies courses:

  • challenge false assumptions and theories about women, race, and class
  • encourage rigorous critical thinking
  • raise issues of gender bias and the subjective nature of knowledge
  • support women's development as individuals and as participating members of their larger communities
  • expand women's and men's options beyond the limits of traditional gender roles.

These writing-intensive courses help students consider the difference that gender makes in family relationships, friendships, education, and work. They are comfortable settings for delving into feminist scholarship and theory.

In addition to the interdisciplinary introductory course on women's and gender studies, courses in the program include:  women's history, literature, sociology, psychology, physical education, and women's health.

Honors modules are available for some classes. Service learning and internship opportunities are frequently offered. Opportunities to pursue independent study projects are also available.

Germantown Campus Coordinator

Professor Joanne Bagshaw
20200 Observation Dr.
Germantown, MD 20876

(240) 567-1977

Collegewide and Rockville 
Collegewide Women's and Gender Studies Program Director

Professor Genevieve Carminati
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 567-7446

Om Rusten, Administrative Aide, 240-567-4100

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Coordinator 

Professor Bess Vincent

7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

(240) 567-1397

Nancy Nyland , Webmaster, (240) 567-7854

Index page last updated July 6, 2014


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