UW Madison for An Inclusive GWS 103

UW Madison for An Inclusive GWS 103

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Ayden Prehara started this petition to University of Wisconsin - Madison and

 

Gender and Women's Studies 103: Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease is a pivotal piece of the UW Madison experience for students across campus. This course brings students from across disciplines and communities to discuss the ways gender impacts our daily lives through the lens of health, with many describing the course as eye-opening and revolutionary in the way they understand their own identities and experience; this is the kind of power 103 holds on campus for students.


Historically, for transgender and non-binary students of 103, however, the course is full of microaggressions and violent erasure, as our bodies and experiences as trans people fail to be represented throughout the curriculum. Transgender and non-binary students repeatedly report that the extremely gendered language used in the course can be triggering, invalidating, and anxiety producing.


As the students, faculty, alumni, and community members of UW Madison, we call on the Gender and Women's Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison to foster an inclusive environment for all students. We demand that the adoption of a title and description which is inclusive to all students whose bodies are reflected in course material.


We call on the Gender and Women's Studies department to center those most marginalized in conversations of health by addressing health disparities for not only cisgender women, but for trans communities as well. We call on the department to examine the structures of inequality and how they are reproduced within the department itself. We know that the knowledge which is reproduced in our time here at the University of Wisconsin shapes the values, beliefs, and knowledge we carry on into our professional lives.  

We call on the Gender and Women's Studies department to formally change the title of GWS 103 and to adopt a curriculum description which reflects the realities of transgender, nonbinary and cisgender bodies alike, which reflects the values of the department, and which uplifts the voices of multiply marginalized communities. 

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