The year 2020 has been a challenging time for all of us, in which we must rely on virtual communication to keep connected. This has not stopped the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from doing what we often do every spring semester, in which we honor the achievements of our WGSS students and the class of 2020. Below is a list of our student award recipients, our WGSS interns and their mentors, and the Teaching Collective for 2019-2020. A special congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Jessina Emmert and Shelby Mack are this year’s recipients of the OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD. The WGSS Awards Committee started this award in 2003 to recognize an outstanding WGSS MA student who has demonstrated academic excellence and made important contributions to the University and larger communities.
Chloe Ross is the recipient of the WOMEN'S, GENDER & SEXUALITY STUDIES (WGSS) AWARD. Started in 1986 this award recognizes an outstanding WGSS major or minor who has demonstrated an excellent academic record in WGSS and other course work. The time, energy, and money of the many people who support the University at Albany's WGSS Department through fundraising events and alumnae activities allow us to grant the award every year
Kyle Arnold is the recipient of the LGBTQ Studies Award. At the suggestion of the WGSS Awards Committee, Vivien Ng initiated this award through her endowment in 2019. This award recognizes a major or minor who has demonstrated excellence in their research/creative projects in LGBTQ Studies.
Sarah Valdez is the recipient of the CANDACE J. GROUDINE PhD 1998 SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship recognizes both academic achievement and community service that promotes social justice. It is given annually and funded by an endowment established by University at Albany alumna Candace A. Groudine, PhD To qualify for this scholarship the student must have a GPA of 3.5 or above, must have junior or senior standing, and must demonstrate financial need.
Afua Sarfo is the recipient of the STONEMAN-VAN VRANKEN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. This scholarship is given annually in honor of the late Kate Stoneman, a student and teacher at the Albany State Normal School and the first woman admitted to the Bar in New York State, and the late Harriet Lewis Van Vranken, a graduate of Albany Teacher’s College and Albany’s first African American teacher. The award goes to a WGSS outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of their contributions to the University and larger communities, dedication to feminist principles, and commitment to social justice issues.
Mahalia Cummings is the recipient of the ARLENE E. RAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD. This special scholarship was founded in 1994 to serve as a living memory of Joan Schulz’s younger and only sister, Arlene Ray. Arlene’s strength, intelligence, and great courage were an inspiration to all those around her. She would be proud to know she inspired this scholarship and proud to be associated with its recipients. The award goes to an outstanding WGSS undergraduate to recognize their academic achievement and significant contributions to the University and larger communities, and their dedication to feminist principles.