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The GWS 390 Class Celebrates Our Shared History Heading link

50 Years of GWS zine cover image: Depicts a black and white collage of images set against a purple background and a purple GWS logo. There is a stripe of orange, pine blue-green, and purple stretching across the entire image.

As GWS began thinking about how to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary, we returned to our roots and centered intergenerational learning and community building among faculty and students. During the Fall 2021 semester, students in Professor Elena Gutiérrez’s GWS 390 Feminism and Social Change class created a ’zine and accompanying podcast based on their research on the history of GWS at UIC and as a broader field of study.

Their work reflects GWS at its best and exemplifies our values of egalitarian learning, community building and engagement, radical self and collective love, and commitment to imagining and creating joyful liberated futures.

We are thrilled and honored to share the inspiring work of these students: Adriana Castrillon, Asad Merchant, Itzel Sanchez-Villa, Jackie Hernandez, Jenny Lozada, Lupe Zamudio, Maria Baeza-Guillen, Maricela Nateras, Mora Isaac, Rina Popal, Sandra Ugalde, Trey Turner, and Victoria Sanchez.

Special thanks goes out to GWS undergraduate student Yasury Mendoza for her tireless behind-the-scenes transcription and coordination work, as well as GWS Graduate Assistant Leeann Ream for her design and website expertise.

We invite you to read the students’ beautiful zine, listen to their engaging podcast, and celebrate 50 years of GWS!