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Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Awards Celebration

Every spring, the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program hosts a Conferral Ceremony. In 2017, we were excited co-host a joint celebration with the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center. This joint effort gave us the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional students from many areas across campus. WGSS recognized and conferred certificates to those students who completed the WGSS Graduate Certificate Program. Last year's program was held on April 29th and although only four of the eight students that completed the program, Juanita Crider, Nicholas Marin, Mandy Wheadon and Esther DeRezende Teixeira, were able to attend we proudly celebrated all of them in the Anniversary Drawing Room of the Purdue Memorial Union.

2015 Celebration of Excellence in Diversity Scholarship Ceremony

Juanita Nick
Mandy Esther

 2014 WGSS Awards and Conferral Ceremony 

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Berenice A. Carroll Feminism Peace, and Social Justice Award

Award Information & Application Form (due March 21, 2018) 

Berenice A. Carroll is a professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at Purdue University and a professor emerita of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. Bernice Carroll's main fields of interest are peace research, political theory, and feminist politics. She served as President of the National Women’s Studies Association and on the editorial board of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. She is co-editor of The Political and Social Thought of Women: An Anthology (Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2000). She also has numerous publications on topics relating to women, non-violence, and power. In addition she has over one hundred appearances as lecturer or presenter, chair or discussant, at professional conferences, workshops and symposia, universities, radio and television interviews in the United States and abroad. In addition to her impressive scholarly accomplishments, her commitment to Feminism, Peace and Social Justice is of particular import to those of us here today as Berenice was instrumental in the creation of women’s studies program at Purdue and served as Director of the Women’s Studies program between 1990-2000. She continues her social justice work through her efforts with the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition and Historians Against War.

The impetus for the Berenice A. Carroll Feminism, Peace, and Social Justice Award came from a symposium in November 2007 at Purdue University held in honor of Berenice.  The Award is intended to foster and recognize contributions to scholarship and activism that are related to engagement with feminist studies, peace studies, and other social justice issues.  They aim to honor Professor Carroll’s contributions to teaching, scholarship, and activism including anti-war, feminist, pro-ERA, anti-sweatshop activism, to name a few, by recognizing those students involved in feminist or social justice work—be it purely academic, purely activist, or a mixture of both. 

2017 Winners


Heather Murton - is recognized for pedagogical project of celebrating sex-positivity as a mode of feminist praxis.  She argues for the inclusion of sex-positive discourse as well as lessons about consent in sex education programs


Jesse Bohlin - examined the Virginia Kelley Archives, Exponent archives, and engaged in oral histories to uncover the history of LGBTQ people at Purdue and the change they enacted at an institutional level.

2015 Winners


First Place: Esther Teixeira and Sandra Usuga,

“Sandra Cisneros Latinas I Tell You My Story Project”

Honorable Mention: Jaime Hough, 

“Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies Class Fair”


First Place: Dana Smith, 

“Sexual Violence Prevention Summit”

Honorable Mention:

Yuhan Huang,  “Building Home:  Asian and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center”              

L'eica Frederick, "The End to Gender Violence:  A Grassroots Movement"  

2014 Winners


First Place: Aiden Powell, “Advocating for Transgender-Inclusive Health Insurance at Purdue”

Honorable Mention: Jaime Hough, “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies Class Fair”

Honorable Mention: Kera Lovell, “Girls are equal too:  High School Activism and the 2nd wave feminist movement”


First Place: Brittany Hemphill, “Boilers OUT Loud! Performance in October 2013”

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Gavros,  “Reconciling work and family: Policy initiatives for the United States”

CETA Award: A Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching

Each year one WGSS Graduate Teaching Assistant is given this prestigious award. This award honors graduate students with teaching responsibilities from across campus for their dedication to Purdue students and their outstanding teaching contributions.  

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, sponsored by the Center for Institutional Excellence, is Dana Bisignani.

Dana Bisignani

2014 Winner - Stephanie Allen


The Carolyn C. Perrucci Undergraduate Achievement Award

Professor Carolyn C. Perrucci

Department of Sociology

Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Affiliated Faculty member

Women’s Studies Chair 1980-81; Co-Chair 1986-1988

The award is named after Carolyn Perrucci, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies affiliated faculty who has been involved with the program since its inception.

Every other year Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies offers an award to a graduating WGSS major with a high Grade Point Average who also has been involved in progressive campus co-curricular activities, especially in feminist programming, and activism, thus realizing feminism’s foundational concepts of feminist theory and practice.

PRIZE:  $250

Deadline is March 2nd, 2018 

To enter:  Submit an essay of one to two pages describing how feminist concepts have informed or inspired your political or community activism, and the ways in which your activism reflects what you have learned in feminist studies.  Include a transcript and a brief cover letter.  Submit materials to Terry Knight, BRNG 6164.  Deadline is March 2, 2018.  The prize will be awarded at the WGSS Spring Awards Ceremony held in Spring 2018.

2015 WGSS Winner -  Jima Fahnbulleh

2013-2014 Sociology Winner - Savanah Koob and Cody Wilson

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Outstanding Senior Award

Outstanding seniors are nominated by WGSS faculty for this annual award.

2017 Winner

Emily Tiede

Emily Tiede is a Women’s Studies Major with minors in sociology, organizational leadership supervision and LGBT Studies.  Emily received nominations for the Outstanding Senior Award from WGSS faculty and faulty associates based on her tremendous involvement with the program.  For example, Lowell Kane noted, “Her Participation in the study abroad was stellar, and her leadership and service at Purdue goes above and beyond most students I know.”

2015 Winner

Kelsey Froelich

- Kelsey Froehlich is a third year student double majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English.   “As a result of taking WGSS classes, I have a new perspective on the world and my future career, one that involves working directly to eradicate violence and human trafficking.”

Kelsey traveled to Africa last summer as a member of the WGSS in Uganda study abroad/service learning program. This picture of her was taken on the volatile border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Kelsey worked with the Center for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) to gather data on violence, rape, education, and female representation in government for the United Nations.  While in Kampala, she also interned for Raising Voices, a grass-roots organization devoted to combating domestic violence against women and children.

Back at the Purdue campus, Kelsey is a member of Generation:  Justice and is applying her new international feminist perspective on violence as well as her growing expertise in the field of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies to collective efforts to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.  Some of these efforts have her going into the community to talk with students younger than herself:

“It was frustrating to me that I wasn't aware of such crimes in the US and internationally until I got to take WGSS courses in college, so I hope to be able to go into schools and talk to students who are in high school or middle school so that they can become aware at an earlier age than I was when I was first introduced to the issue.”


2014 Winner

Tiffany Gavros

-Tiffany Gavros was selected for the Outstanding Senior Award because of her unrelenting pursuit of social justice and academic excellence. In addition to serving as the president of the Feminist Action Coalition for Today, she participated in the inaugural Women's Studies in Uganda study abroad program. While there, she successfully completed a three-week internship with Action for Development, a feminist organization that promotes women's leadership. In recognition of Tiffany's outstanding leadership potential, she was selected for the highly competitive "Teach for America Program and will begin that adventure in the fall". 

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Award

The WGSS Undergraduate Leadership Award is determined by the WGSS faculty.  In 2015, they were so impressed and pleased with the student leaders contribution to our community that they decided to recognize three student for their feminist contributions to Purdue University and the wider community.  

2015 Winners

The winners of the 2015 WGSS Undergraduate Leadershiip Award are Dana Smith, Jamilyn Lemish and Emily Fogle. Congratulations to all of you and thank you!

Emily  Jamilyn   Dana Smith


2014 Winner

Stephanie Scott


Stephanie Scott was selected for the Undergraduate Leadership Award because of her deep commitment to feminist activism. She is an active member of the Feminist Action Coalition for Today and has participated in numerous social justice campaigns on campus. This summer she will be interning at the Center for Women in Governance as part of the Women's Studies in Uganda Program.

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