• Mission

  • The Graduate Women's Council contributes to the holistic development of the University of Denver community through a feminist approach to empowerment. We provide leadership opportunities, foster an environment conducive to equal representation in higher education, and try to build alliances among various DU affinity groups comitted to social justice.

  • "I am half-naked, surrounded by the opposite sex... And I feel safe, not intimidated. I want the same for women."

  • Vision

  • The Graduate Women's Council contributes to the struggle for eliminating patriarchy, heteronormativy, racism, and other systems of oppression.

  • Goals

  • Our overarching goal is to forever challenge the separation and competition between various identities, groups, and DU organizations by recognizing the matrix of domination (Patricia Hill Collins) and applying intersectionality (Kimberlé Crenshaw) to our practice. Therefore, EVERYBODY who is comitted to social justice is welcome!

    Our second goal is to build a "brave space" (Arao and Clemens' "From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces") where members can:

    - Have meaningful discussions about oppression and resistance;

    - Make plans for praxis (social justice action based on critical knowledge);

    - Empower ourselves through community building, support, advice, coalition, and a recognition of our intrinsic value;

    - Maintain mentorship among graduate students, faculty, and staff;

    - Share theoretical information about feminism and social justice;

    - Share popular information about DU issues and activism;

    - Share practical or technical information about how to maintain an affinity group at DU, practice inclusivity, navigate graduate programs successfully, balance work with family responsibilities, enter the professional marketplace, etc.


  • Motto

  • "Feminism is for everybody." (bell hooks)

This portfolio last updated: 06-Jun-2018 5:21 PM