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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Service Learning



WGSS 406/506

This one of a kind course is designed for students who want to take the feminist and women studies knowledge they have learned in the classroom to the streets of New York City and Washington DC for a service learning experience. This is a summer, on-site class. 

Students on this month long trip will partake in a variety of activities, some service and volunteer work, and some cultural and entertaining. Some of the course's primary goals will be to meet and talk with women's organizations, feminist activists, and political groups with the aim of bringing theory to the front-lines of social change.

In the past, students have worked with:

  • American Association of University Women
  • Code Pink
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Gay Men's Health Crisis Center
  • McGraw Hill Publishing
  • Ms. Foundation
  • New York Commission on Women's Issues
  • NYC Heritage Of Pride
  • The International Organization for Adolescents
  • The White House Project
  • Third Wave Foundation
  • Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
  • Women's eNews
  • YWCA of New York
  • GEMS
  • Women In Media Project
  • Human Rights Watch

DC!Students have also had the opportunity to meet:

  • Bernice Sandler, Godmother of Title IV
  • Darlene Hooley, Representative D-OR
  • Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards, Third Wave Feminist Activists
  • Karen Brody, author and playwright of "Birth"
  • Susan Scanlan, chair of the National Women's Research & Education Institute  


  Some cultural sites and activities have included:

  • Alice Paul House
  • Broadway Shows including Wicked, Top Girls, and Mama Mia!
  • Brooklyn Art Museum
  • Capital Building
  • Chinatown and Little Italy
  • Ellis Island
  • Greenwich Village 
  • Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  • Museum Of Sex
  • NYC Pride Parade and Dance on the Pier 
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • The White House
  • WNBA Liberty Game

For more information on when the next Feminist Organizing class will be held please contact: 

Kryn Freehling-Burton
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program