The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) offers three study abroad programs that focus on gender and sexuality in a global context. In last year's applications, some students wrote that their parents were uncomfortable helping them pay for programs about gender equality and sexuality. At the GenCen we do not want any student to miss out on a learning opportunity because it seems controversial to some. This campaign will increase the number of scholarships available, and will make scholarships available every single year.
We have named this campaign the Director's Challenge Campaign because GenCen Co-Director Stephanie Nawyn has started the campaign with a $500 gift. She feels strongly about expanding learning opportunities for students at MSU, and she is challenging those who feel the same to support this effort.
Women's and Gender Studies students frequently report that they learn to think about the world differently and hone their critical thinking skills by questioning taken-for-granted assumptions about how people and the world operate. This includes assumptions about gender, sexuality, and equality around the globe. Our study abroad programs further that process of thinking critically about the world by requiring students to engage head-on with controversial topics.
In today's world students need to be able to think about controversial topics. They need to be unafraid to explore their own assumptions and imagine a world that does not yet exist. Our programs provide such bold learning opportunities. Exposure to those opportunities should not be limited by financial means. It is often the students with limited financial means that need such opportunities the most.
The Director's Challenge Campaign will provide either two scholarships of $1,250 each, or, if we raise additional funds we will provide three or more scholarships of $1,000 each.
The Director's Challenge Campaign is headed by Co-Director for Academic Programs, Dr. Stephanie Nawyn. She is assisted by her campaign team: Interim Co-Director for International Research Dr. Amy Jamison, chair of the LGBTQ and Sexualities Studies Steering Committee; Dr. Naoko Wake, chair of the GenCen Advisory Committee; Dr. Aminda Smith; and GenCen Undergraduate Advisor Sara Bijani.
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