Joining the History of Feminist Activism

Kate Drabinski is a lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and director of the WILL Program at UMBC.

Kate Drabinski, UMBC (square)Most students who enroll in my course, Studies in Feminist Activism, expect to learn about the history of feminism and feminist movements. We do that, sure, but the course also encourages students to see themselves as activists, as part of the history of feminist activism. They do so by organizing activist projects addressing issues they are personally passionate about that affect their communities, from UMBC to their hometowns, Maryland to the globe. As a teacher, it is incredibly exciting to see what UMBCers can do when given the time and space to figure out what making a difference means to them. 

Students reflect on their projects–what worked, what didn’t, what they’d do differently should they do a similar project again–and post them to a course blog that serves as a permanent archive of what students imagine as “activism” and how they become activists themselves. Check out their final projects at http://umbcactivism.wordpress.com/.

Contact the author, Kate Drabinski, at drabinsk@umbc.edu.

Policing Bodies & Beings: The Politics of Black Womanhood (2/20)

Policing Black Bodies FlyerJoin the Women’s Center for Policing Bodies and Beings: The Politics of Black Womanhood, a roundtable discussion on body politics, respectability politics and the experiences of Black Women on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 4-5pm in the Women’s Center.

See flyer for more information.

I Am an Activist

Trishia Domingo ’14, Information Systems, is secretary for UMBC’s Information Systems Council of Majors, vice president for the Information Systems Security Association, and practice manager for the club field hockey team.

Trishia DomingoI created this video for my Studies in Feminist Activism class (GWST 200). We were given the options to create a digital story that describes our relationship to activism, our identity as an activist, or the story of an activist that we find inspiring. Our instructor, Kate Drabinski, wants to have an archive of digital stories to showcase how UMBC students see themselves as activists. I wanted to share my story because I always saw the term “activist” as ambiguous and I knew that I was not the only one who felt this way.

Contact the author, Trishia Domingo, at sh67651@umbc.edu.