The Arab Families Working Group – founded and organized by Dr. Suad Joseph – is a collective of sixteen scholars from universities, NGOs and research foundations whose work focuses on youth and families in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas. Founded in 2001, AFWG is committed to advancing the state of empirical and theoretical knowledge on Arab families and articulating research processes and outcomes with practitioners and policy makers. AFWG projects include comparative, transnational, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work on the three countries and diasporic Arab families in the United States and Canada.
The Davis Feminist Film Festival is a grassroots event that uses alternative media as a springboard for linking art to social issues. The goal of the festival is to showcase independent film spanning documentary, narrative, and experimental genres in order to explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture. Now in its 10th year and increasingly international in scope, the festival provides an inclusive public space for under-represented artists ‑particularly women and people of color‑ to raise consciousness about gender, race, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of social inequality.
The Women and Gender Studies Program at UC Davis offers a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Currently graduate students in the following fourteen affiliated Ph.D. programs are eligible to participate: Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, English, French, German, Geography, History, Native American Studies, Performance Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. The Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research affords graduate students in affiliated programs the opportunity to augment their Ph.D. in a given discipline with a specialization in Feminist Theory and Research. Typically a doctoral student in good standing may seek admission to the Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research and enroll in Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research courses. Those students in affiliated Ph.D. programs who complete the requirements of the Designated Emphasis will have this noted on their transcripts and their Ph.D. diploma will note the Ph.D. in X with Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research.
The EWIC – founded and organized by Dr. Suad Joseph – is an interdisciplinary, transhistorical project that compiles essays by scholars on all women in Muslim majority societies and all Muslim women in Muslim minority societies. The encyclopedia surveys the broad spectrum of women's lives in cultures where Islam has been a significant presence. It documents the lived realities and experiences of women and Islamic cultures, concerning issues as far-ranging as politics, economics, law, religions, health, and the sciences. In addition, EWIC provides articles on the arts, medicine, crafts, recreation, local governance, women's movements, music, art, and literary production. EWIC Online further innovates with the publication of audio and video material for the first time.
The purpose of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center (LGBTQIARC) is to provide an open, safe, inclusive space and community that is committed to challenging sexism, genderism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism. We recognize that this work requires a continued process of understanding and addressing all forms of oppression. We are committed to this process both in our work and in the structure of the Center itself. The LGBTQIA Resource Center promotes education about all sexes, genders and sexualities, as well as space for self-exploration of these identities. The LGBTQIA Resource Center is a dynamic, responsive and collaborative organization that serves UC Davis and the surrounding region by providing a growing spectrum of programs, resources, outreach and advocacy. Inherent in this mission are the values of respect, pride and unity.
The interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study the concept of sexuality by examining its changing meanings and effects across different political, historical, and cultural landscapes. The minor will also examine the ways sexual minorities have produced vibrant cultures and communities that challenge normative ideas about gender and sexuality. As an interdisciplinary project, it relies on a variety of perspective from the humanities and social sciences to investigate the human-made aspects of sexual identities, desires and practices.
The Women's Resource and Research Center (commonly known as the Women's Center) is on the east side of campus near the Memorial Union building. They have a library which features 12,000 books which cover over 350 topics concerning women and gender. UC Davis is committed to creating an environment in which women can thrive. The University recognizes that achieving equity for women must be a goal for all members of the campus community. The Women's Resources & Research Center is a catalyst for realizing UCD's goal of an inclusive and equitable campus community.
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program founded on the understanding that the social production of gender is inseparable from that of race, sexuality, class, nationality, ability and other categories of difference. Our curriculum places feminist concerns within a transnational context, while respecting the need for geographic and historical specificity. These frameworks inform our teaching, our research, our institutional and community practices, and the principles we bring to our classrooms.