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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Rush Family Scholar (2019-2020)

Quote: "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” Toni Morrison



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite WGS Class: Intro to WGS with Bonnie Hagerman because it introduced me to the department and my passion!

Quote: "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." -Margaret Thatcher



Pronouns: She/Her

Parting Thoughts: I remember on one of the first days of Issues in LGBTQ Studies with Doug Meyer, he said something along the lines of "Profound change doesn't make people comfortable."  That class made me think much more critically about the world and made me want to declare my major in WGS.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Dean's List

After graduation Piper will work as a literacy tutor with Americorps for a year before grad school.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Echols Scholar, Dean’s List, and Intermediate Honors

Quote: "The liminality of selfhood is a liminality of otherness, a surrender that embraces what it is to be other, a practice of tension between two essential principles: 'I am (a) me' and 'I am someone's an/other.'" -Dr. Kevin Quashie



Pronouns: They/Them or He/Him

WGS Distinguished Major

Favorite WGS Class: Queer Theory- This course introduced me to so many important thinkers and concepts that push the boundaries of feminist and gender studies. Plus Doug is a fantastic lecturer who is seriously dedicated to his students and the development of their theoretical knowledge.


Pronouns: She/Her

Camila plans to apply to PA schools while working as a clinical technician at Inova hospital

Quote: Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 


Staged Reading of Trans Scripts Part I: The Women at the UVA Arts Grounds

 The UVA Department of Drama wishes to make you aware of a staged reading of Paul Lucas’ ground breaking play Trans Scripts Part I: The Women in the Helms theater on the UVA Arts Grounds, November 22nd and 23rd at 7:00 pm.  They have assembled a fully representative cast of seven trans women to bring to life this new work, exploring the life and experience of multiple generations.  Spread the word about this stunning and unique live theater experience.  


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Review of applications will begin January 16, 2024.

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality affirms the importance of respecting and supporting all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Virginia, including those of us who are transgender, nonbinary, or gender questioning.  We believe that maintaining the excellence of the Univer