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Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (GWGSS) at Penn State

Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (GWGSS) at Penn State


The mission of the GWGSS is to represent and support the interests of graduate student majors and minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as those who are interested in or affiliated with the program. The GWGSS exists to enrich the experience of said graduate students through creating intellectual networks and providing leadership, social, and professional opportunities, as well as to ensure adequate and fair representation of graduate student interests within the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. The GWGSS accomplishes these goals through various events intended to promote intellectual community both within the graduate student community and between graduate students and faculty.

Officers 2022-2023

  • President: Ryan Pilcher
  • Vice-President: Austin Gaffin
  • Treasurer: Maggie-Rose Condit-Summerson
  • Events Coordinator/Conference Chair: Mikayla Pevac
  • Members at Large: Karlin Anderson, Kathleen Blackwood, Cora Beth Butcher-Spellman, Laurie Dubois

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Interested in studying gender? Curious about interdisciplinarity? Want to meet people from other departments at the university? The Graduates in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies welcome grad students from all fields of study to join. We have several social and scholarly events planned for the year that will get you talking and get you thinking.