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.
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
We are proud to announce the sixteenth editor of Women's Studies in Communication: Dr. 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"
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