Feminism in Action

The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) department has been coordinating annual events that celebrate feminism and underrepresented voices for many years.

These events and programming allow all students—not just WGSS minors—to become leaders and advocates for sustainable change right on campus and within the community.

Women's and Gender Studies Consortium

Winona State University WGSS Program has co-sponsored the UW System Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium since 2014.

Dozens of WGSS students have presented their original research at this academic conference ranging from topics on:

  • dismantling a rape culture
  • Undocuqueer art
  • feminist activism for Palestinian solidarity
  • queer youth homelessness

Students have earned research grants for this work. View the Call for Papers.

Women's History Month

Over the years, WGSS has hosted speakers such as:

  • Loretta Ross, a renowned activist who helped establish the country’s first rape crisis center and coined the phrase “reproductive justice”
  • CeCe McDonald, a Black trans abolitionist
  • Colette Ghunim, a world-renowned filmmaker sparking social change through documentaries
  • Rosa Clemente, hip hop activist who ran for Green Party Vice President in 2008

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is a movement aimed to create community, healing, and solidarity for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Students have the opportunity to educate and share their stories with other survivors and supporters as well as march in protest on campus and around downtown Winona.

In the past, this event has been co-sponsored by WSU’s RE Initiative and the Advocacy Center of Winona.

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LGBT Books to Prisoners

LGBT Books to Prisoners is an organization based in Madison, WI, that's dedicated to sending free books and educational materials to incarcerated people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

WSU students get first-hand experience volunteering for this organization and donating books to LGBTQ+ prisoners across the country, allowing these individuals the privilege to access books—something many of us take for granted.

Read more about LGBT Books to Prisoners: