WSI offers Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies

The Women Studies Institute (WSI) honored new faculty and majors Oct. 7 and announced their partnership with The Association for Women in Communications (AWC), a UTSA student organization.

Two years ago, WSI got their own major and last year graduated the first majors. WSI has partnered with AWC so the student organization can take on the project of the WSI’s public relations and “get the word out, on and off campus,” AWC President Nicole Vasquez, said.

Vasquez said this collaboration is the “perfect partnership,” and “they [WSI] don’t have a big enough voice, so we are going to be that voice.”

The first plan of action for the AWC is to recruit more members and eventually form committees. The AWC is open to all majors even those not communication majors.

Another one of the AWC’s inital plans of action is to publicize the 2nd annual Take Back the Night event scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19. The event, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is open to anyone who want to participate in the march around campus. Participants will meet on campus at the Paseo at 6:00 pm for poster making, then march at 6:30pm.

The WSI/AWC collaboration is particularly exciting for WSI Executive Director Sonia Saldivar-Hull. “It is an exciting time for WSI. The new major in Women’s Studies is officially on the books, we will soon begin planning another event-packed Women’s History Month, and continue to develop new student programs,” she said.

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