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Marquette University Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

September 4, 2013


1. Message from the staff

Welcome to year two at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center! We are so excited for the educational programming and academic work happening at the GSRC this fall. Faculty Fellow Dr. Angelique Harris, graduate students and undergraduate researchers will all be working out of the GSRC this semester. Susannah is teaching Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and Sheraden is co-teaching an Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY seminar with Dr. Angela Zapata. We're looking forward to hosting gender justice scholars and educators Norma Guillard and Catherine Murphy in September and well-known LGBT thought leader Robyn Ochs during National Coming Out Day, Friday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in Marquette Hall.

This summer, Susannah hit the road for an Ignatian Colleagues’ program MAGIS Retreat in June, as well as the Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference in August. During July, with Sheraden out of the office working on her doctorate in the College of Education, Susannah coordinated GSRC events and policy, including: a trans-gender inclusion work group, a partnership with the Division of Student Affairs on the First-Year Violence Prevention Training program, and a collaboration with the Graduate School in its exploration of gender equity in STEM fields.

We hope you’ll get involved with the work of the GSRC this semester, and we look forward to seeing you at our first brown-bag discussion lunch on Friday, Sept. 6, at noon in the GSRC, AMU, 425.


Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director
Sheraden Bobot, program assistant

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Alumni Memorial Union, 425

2. Research highlight

Dr. Angelique Harris, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, is our Faculty Fellow in Residence this fall. Dr. Harris has an extensive publication record investigating community issues at the intersections of sexuality, race/ethnicity and religious identity. While in residence, Dr. Harris hopes to encourage more student research and scholarship by helping to promote and disseminate student research on sexuality, sex and gender.

Dr. Harris will continue her research project “Promoting Healthy Body Weight among African-American Women in Lindsay Heights” in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Bread of Healing Clinic. Dr. Harris will also build partnerships to explore projects that will advance Marquette’s diversity and inclusion work, such as a Safe Space LGBTQ workshop.

3. Student project

The Department of Psychology and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center are offering research grants for psychology undergraduate and graduate students to advance emerging scholarship in gender, sexuality and psychology. The review committee will consider applications that investigate the intersections of gender, sexuality and psychology/mental health.  Typical awards will be $300-$500. Applications are due Oct. 1, and application instructions are online.

Over the summer, graduate student employee Dawn Rinehart began the process of developing a comprehensive assessment process for the GSRC. A second-year master’s student in the College of Education, Dawn conducted a comprehensive benchmarking study of 14 peer institutions, including a number of Jesuit universities; reviewed existing Marquette assessment efforts; and developed surveys to support assessment of the full range of the GSRC's social and educational efforts. Dawn will be a full-time graduate student this fall, but the GSRC is grateful for her contribution to the infrastructure of the center, and for her work building a sustainable process to evaluate gender and sexuality work at Marquette.

Susannah is finalizing a GSRC Assessment Plan, which is expected to be implemented in October 2013 to assess educational and social programming around Marquette's first-ever National Coming Out Month celebration: "Coming Out at the Intersections."

4. Featured event

The GSRC is honored to partner with nine other campus departments to host a three-day visit from renowned gender justice scholars and educators Dr. Norma Guillard and Catherine Murphy. Guillard and Murphy will participate in lectures, film screenings, course visits, and discussions with campus experts interested in public health, psychology, literacy and gender justice. The two keynote events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Cudahy, 001: "Cuba and the Politics of Class, Race and Gender Justice," a lecture and Q&A with Guillard, a Cuban educator, filmmaker and activist, followed by a film screening of Viviendo al Limite (Living to the Limit).

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Cudahy, 001: "Literacy and Inclusion: Cuba 1961-2013," a screening of three films, Teacher, Homework and No Questions, No Answers, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Guillard and Murphy.

Limited spots are still available for Guillard and Murphy to speak to classes and departments while they are on campus. Contact Susannah Bartlow if you are interested in setting up a conversation with Guillard and Murphy while they are on campus.



Bag-lunch Discussion
Friday, Sept. 6, noon

"Cuba and the Politics of Class, Race and Gender Justice"
Wednesday, Sept. 18,
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"Literacy and Inclusion: Cuba 1961-2013"
Thursday, Sept. 19,
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bag-lunch Discussion
Friday, Sept. 20, noon

"Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better"
Tuesday, Sept. 24,
6 p.m.

Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Sept. 29 through Oct. 4

More events


Counseling Center

Campus Ministry

Marquette University Medical Clinic

Department of Public Safety

The Healing Center

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Sexual Assault Treatment Center

Sojourner Family Peace Center


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