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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Reach Out to Women Exploited by the Commercial Sex Industry

Volunteer Training: Tuesday February 24,
from 6pm to 9pm
The training will be held at the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
2646 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
Please R.S.V.P. by 2/17/15 to
Gina Valenziano
267 – 886 – 8395

Volunteer at the New Day Drop In Center Where: New Day Drop In Center 2659 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia 19125
When: Monday through Thursday 11am-5pm, with nighttime hours
Wednesday and Thursday 9pm to 12am (Day shifts are broken up into shifts: 11-2, 3-5pm) What: The Drop-In Program Provides: -An opportunity to reach out to, connect, and build relationships with women being exploited by the commercial sex industry.
-A front-line service, enabling women to address immediate needs while offering them connections to other services.
-A venue where women, who are typically socially isolated, are welcomed into a judgment free community.
-A time to share food and stories in the center’s kitchen where women know they belong and are heard
"Be present with another in her humanity."
Please consider coming to the training and committing to volunteer one shift per month

This is the kind of work that may qualify for internship credit for GWS.  You would need to speak with Professor Jean Lutes promptly if you are interested.

26th Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Submission: Friday, February 13, 2015
       To Be Presented on: Thursday, March 26, 2015


Each year the Villanova Gender and Women’s Studies Program hosts the Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference.  It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, discuss your interests with other students and faculty, and see the broad range of intellectual disciplines Gender and Women’s Studies encompasses.

Submit your paper to compete for a CASH AWARD in one of the following three categories:

1.      Papers or creative works by first year undergraduates (4-10 pages)

2.      Papers or creative works by sophomores, juniors, and seniors (5-20 pages)

3.      Papers by graduate students (12-30 pages)

The Barbara Wall Award for Feminist Praxis may be given to a paper that demonstrates a commitment to practical applications of feminist theory.

Essays and creative work must engage gender, sexuality, or feminist theories; a biographical or historical account of women or a woman is not sufficient. For example, a paper might: critically explore actions and reactions caused by gender prejudice or discuss how gender functions in some aspect of society; analyze a text using elements from feminist theory; or report an empirical study that engages gender. All papers must have been written during Spring or Fall 2014 or written specifically for the conference.

We encourage submission of alternative forms of scholarship, including but not limited to original scripts, poetry, or films that engage gender analysis. If the feminist or gender analysis is not overt in the creative work itself, the work should be accompanied by an essay that explains the theory's application.


Submission Guidelines


·         Essays should be formatted in Word, using 12 pt. Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins, and page numbers.

·         Outside sources, documented in a bibliography or reference section, are strongly encouraged.

·         Include a cover sheet with the following information: student’s name, major or program and year of graduation, mailing and email addresses, phone number, and the name of the course and professor for which the paper was written (if any).

·         Marks of identification, except for the work’s title, should not appear anywhere else in the paper.

·         Please email the paper as a Word document to ecs.villanova@gmail.com by February 13, 2015.


All papers will be presented at the conference on March 26.

Attendance at the conference constitutes an excused absence from classes.

Questions? Email us: ecs.villanova@gmail.com or call 610-519-3815