Awards are given annually for academic excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies and for activism that promotes gender fairness. This year’s winners are:
Award for Excellence
Winner: Tiffany Clark for her essay entitled “Breaking Through Glass Ceilings”
1st prize: Miosotis de la Cruz for her outstanding handcrafted ‘zine celebrating the life of 20thc. Puerto Rican feminist, suffragist and educator, Ana Roqué
2nd prize: Franciana Cisneros for her outstanding handcrafted ‘zine celebrating the life of 19thc. Puerto Rican feminist and labor organizer, Luisa Capetillo
3rd prize: Margo Peterson for her outstanding handcrafted ‘zine celebrating the life of 20thc. Puerto Rican feminist, suffragist and educator, Ana Roqué
Congratulations to the four winners this year!
Throwback to 2009:
The Women’s Studies Option is pleased to recognize Academic Excellence in Women’s Studies with awards for winners of an essay competition. The competition is open to high achieving students in the three courses that comprise the Option: Psychology of Women (PSY 1040), Introduction to Women’s Studies (WST 100) and Women in Literature (ENG 223/WST 223) during the 2008-2009 academic year.
A subcommittee of members of the Committee on Women’s Studies and Gender Issues judges the essays submitted for review. Winners are selected on the merit of the students’ ability to reflect on, analyze, and illuminate issues in women’s studies as well as on the overall strength of the writing. Awards are given at Honors Convocation each year.
- First prize: Norberto Taveras (WST 100, Fall 2008): $250
- Second prize: Barbara Reyes (WST 100, Spring 2009): $200
- Third prize: Carolina Chicaiza (WST 100, Spring 2009): $150
- Honorable Mention: Carla Mercado (WST 100, Spring 2009): $75.00
Carolina Chicaiza and her sisters, Carla Mercado and her mother, and
Norberto Taveras with his mother.
Winners with their families
CUNY Women’s/Gender Studies Recognition Ceremony
May 1, 2009 at John Jay College
This year, two Hostos students were given awards for superior work in Women’s/Gender studies: Carla Mercado (Introduction to Women’s Studies, Spring 2009, with Professor Jerilyn Fisher) and Ralph Pimentel (French 101, Honors Project directed by Professor Cristina La Porta). Carla and Ralph’s work was selected to be honored at this event by members of the sub-Committee on Women’s Studies Curriculum: Professors Fabrizio, Figueroa, Fisher, Justicia, Makloufi, and Trachman.
Professor Cristina La Porta and Ralph Pimentel.
Carla wrote a persuasive essay about A SHINING THREAD OF HOPE (Darlene Clark Hine and KathleenThompson), a book on American history that is unique in centralizing African American women’s experiences from the Middle Passage forward to the present. Ralph wrote an essay about Assia Djebar, the Algerian novelist.
Carla Mercado, Professor Cristina La Porta and Professor Jerilyn Fisher.
In response to having presented and being given this certificate of award: “I want to thank you one more time. My family and I had such a great time. Once we got home, I asked [my son] Christopher what did he take from the experience and he said, ‘I learned that we are all equal, men and women.’”
Women’s History Month Celebrations
Each March, professors teaching English 091 and ESL 091 may choose for their students to enter the Women’s History Month essay competition. Recognition is given in each participating class for the best essays written about a woman who has achieved against the odds. In March 2009, students wrote about either Shirley Chisholm, Congressional Representative from Brooklyn/1972 Democratic Presidential Candidate–1924-2005, or Luisa Capetillo, Puerto Rican activist for women’s, family and worker rights: 1879-1922.. Essays are written under supervision. After finalists are identified in each class, a Committee determines who are the first place winner, runners up and honorable mention recipients. These students have the opportunity to read their essays during the closing ceremony of Women’s History Month, usually held during the last week of March. Certificates are awarded as well as cash prizes.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art The Dinner Party: Place Settings
Group that attended guided tour.