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The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC seeks to advance understandings of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, including transgender politics, masculinity, dis/ability, labor, transnationalism, postcolonialism, and critical race theory.

ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, sponsors programs at the WSCA convention, and publishes a journal: Women’s Studies in Communication.

Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment for Women, Trans, and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color

Support ORWAC's Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment for Women, Trans and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color. This endowment funds travel for women, trans, and non-binary graduate students of color who present on a WSCA ORWAC conference panel.

Donations can be made here.

Professor Brenda J. Allen has been a pathbreaker in the field of communication, and has devoted her career to ensuring that communication and the academy as a whole are more equitable and inclusive places. Her scholarship has been foundational in intercultural, organizational, and feminist communication studies, and her mentorship record is unparalleled. She is also a long-time member of ORWAC and has played a leadership role for years, most notably as our first "web spinner." This is why ORWAC wants to endow a student travel award in her name to honor this legacy.

Background on the Endowment Creation: ORWAC created a special committee dedicated to auditing the organization's commitment to diversity, equity and belonging. Members of the committee were compensated for their service. Karma Chávez, a committee member, donated her honorarium back to the organization in order to seed an endowment that would provide travel grants for women, trans and non-binary graduate students of color to attend and present on ORWAC panels. This endowment would be in direct response to one of the special committee's findings that ORWAC needs to do more materially to make people of color feel a sense of belonging and buy-in to the organization. The Executive Board enthusiastically endorsed this idea, and named this award for Professor Allen.

Our goal is to raise $20,000, which will give ORWAC enough funds to provide $1000 annually to be used toward these travel grants. We are asking for your help to make this happen and to show your support of the legacy of Professor Allen. Please follow this link to make a donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=KHZPXY79M4AVN

Announcements

  • We are proud to announce the sixteenth editor of Women's Studies in CommunicationDr. Marissa J. Doshi, a feminist scholar of media and cultural studies and associate professor at Hope College. Dr. Doshi will lead WSiC's publications of volumes 46-48. We are excited for her leadership and thankful for her service.

  • Congratulations to our 2021 Research Development Grant winners:

    • Brandi Lawless and Yea-Wen Chen - (Re)Connecting with Immigrant Women Faculty During Double Pandemics of COVID-19 and Anti-Black Racism
    • Tamanika Ferguson - Voices from the Inside: Incarcerated Women Speak
    • Lauren E. Peters - Health Care and Re-Traumatization: An Examination of Uncertainty
      Management and Social Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault During Routine Pelvic Exams
    • Teigha Mae VanHester - Cultivating Defiant Sovereignty: Queering the Assemblage of Fat, Black Feminist Ecological Imagination as Liberatory Practice 
  • Congratulations to Alyson Farzad-Phillips for winning our 2021 Feminist Scholar award for her article "Huddles or Hurdles? Spatial Barriers to Collective Gathering in the Aftermath of the Women's March

  • Find us online! ORWAC now has three channels of social media:

  • Help support the Feminist Language and Communication Collection at the University of Oregon.    

Learn More About ORWAC

Newsletters

Our biannual newsletter contains a message from the president, addresses commonly asked questions about professional development, updates members on recent changes within the organization, includes our calls for paper submissions to the Western States Communication Association annual convention and gender preconferences, announces honors and awards, as well as provides reports from our grant recipients. 

Stay updated by reading our most recent newsletter.

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Journal

The ORWAC Journal, Women's Studies in Communication (WSIC), provides a feminist forum for diverse scholarship addressing the relationships between communication and gender. WSIC invites contributions in the form of research, reviews, and commentary with the potential to advance our understanding of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, as well as the articulations between gendered performances, power, and representation in public culture.

  • Each year, the Feminist Scholarship Award is presented to the top essay published in the journal at the Western States Communication Association's annual conference.
  • Members are able to access the online journal by logging into their account. Click the link for Members Only in the top right corner.
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Grants

 

Research Development Grants

The Organization for Research on Women and Communication invites submissions for our Research Development Grants.  Members are eligible to apply for one of three grants that support scholars at different levels of their career: M.A. students, PhD students, and instructors or tenure/track faculty. Each grant offers a maximum of $2,500.00.

Grants are designed to assist feminist scholars completing research or creative projects that privilege and advance understandings about the intersectionality and complexity defining women’s lives.  Broadly speaking, submitted projects are those that:

  • chart new ground in disciplinary knowledge about women and gender
  • offer insights about the challenges and negotiations confronted by women in light of intersecting identities
  • favor the voices, experiences, discourses, performances and lives of women 

Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant

Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment funds travel for Women, Trans, and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color.

Professor Allen has been a pathbreaker in the field of communication, and has devoted her career to ensuring that communication and the academy as a whole are more equitable and inclusive places. Her scholarship has been foundational in intercultural, organizational, and feminist communication studies, and her mentorship record is unparalleled. She is also a long-time member of ORWAC and has played a leadership role for years, most notably as our first "web spinner." This is why ORWAC wants to endow a student travel award in her name to honor this legacy.

Our goal is to raise $20,000, which will give ORWAC enough funds to provide $1000 annually to be used toward these travel grants. We are asking for your help to make this happen and to show your support of the legacy of Professor Allen.

Please donate to the endowment here
https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=KHZPXY79M4AVN

 

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Become a Member!

The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC seeks to advance understandings of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality, and class, including transgender politics, masculinity, dis/ability, labor, transnationalism, postcolonialism, and critical race theory. ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, publishes a journal: Women's Studies in Communication, and sponsors programs at the WSCA convention.

Membership includes:

  • A subscription to Women's Studies in Communication Journal
  • Receipt of a biannual newsletter
  • A voice in managing the business affairs of ORWAC
  • Eligibility to apply for the annual research development grants
  • An invitation to the annual ORWAC reception at the WSCA convention (complimentary food and drinks and a networking opportunity for early scholars)

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