Welcome to fall 2016! This issue of Intersections celebrates IAS’s newest undergraduate major in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS). The major is both new and old. It launches this year, but it draws on IAS's long and rich engagement with the intersections of gender, sexuality, and other forms of power and privilege.
Each of the features in this issue focuses on interdisciplinary work at its best. They describe personal trajectories and ethical projects that link theory and practice to the end of creating a more just world. I am confident that the student work emerging from the new degree will follow in these footsteps.
In the faculty feature, micha cárdenas describes her research and teaching, which combine technology, performance, and concern for the safety and wellbeing of marginalized communities, such as transgender people of color.
Our student feature introduces Colin Davis, who identifies as non-binary gender, and discusses their personal, academic, and advocacy paths – all of which have led them to become one of the first Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies majors at UW Bothell.
The alumni feature presents the work of Cultural Studies alum Alexandra Holien, who seeks to create feminist disruptions of the tech industry through her role as Sponsorship and Engagement Manager at Ada Developers Academy.
As always, you can learn more about what students, faculty, and alumni are doing on the IAS News Blog. To keep up to date on IAS events open to the campus and the public, including the GWSS Launch Event on October 26, you can also subscribe to a weekly digest of upcoming events here. If you are an IAS alum, discover ways to connect and get involved by visiting our alumni page online.
Past issues of Intersections are accessible from the newsletter home page.
Feel free to send comments on these stories or ideas for others to IASinfo@uw.edu.
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences