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interdisciplinary, gender, and ethnic studies Accomplishments

Feb 12, 2018
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Interdisciplinary Studies, Gender and Sexuality) will be the keynote speaker this month on "Self-Creation: Black Women Identities of the Harlem Renaissance" for the Students Organizing Diversity Activities (SODA) and the International Council ”Black History Month Renaissance," which highlights the Harlem Renaissance.  

Jul 18, 2017
Sheila Bock (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) published an article, "Ku Klux Kasserole and Strange Fruit Pies: A Shouting Match at the Border in Cyberspace" in the Journal of American Folklore.

May 25, 2017
Briceida Hernandez-Toledo (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) and Meghan Pierce (Psychology) were recognized as Outstanding Graduates at spring commencement. Both were students in the College of Liberal Arts. Hernandez-Toledo earned a bachelor of arts degree in gender and sexuality studies. A first-generation college student and McNair Scholar, she revived UNLV's Chicano student organization, MEChA, and worked with the Center for Social Justice. She will pursue a doctoral degree at UCLA. Pierce, who earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, does research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder. This year she served on 19 university committees and completed a term as president of UNLV's Graduate and Professional Student Association. She will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the fall.

Apr 28, 2017
Carolee Dodge Francis (Environmental and Occupational Health) and M. Crystal Lee (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) made a presentation at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations this month. The presentation, “The Impact of National and International Policies on Indigenous Health and Well-Being” addressed national policies in relation to the DRIP, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They incorporated tribal, national, and international perspectives in order to convey diverse aspects of health, such as the quality of health care services, health disparity, and best practices of prevention, diagnosis, and continuum of treatment.The best practice of research in the scope of indigenizing academia, environmental health and the link to land and water rights, sexual and reproductive health, infectious and chronic diseases, and the integration of culture to improve health and well-being will be discussed. Addressing these issues, the pair highlighted important topics, such as the difference of health perspectives across different global indigenous groups, how these populations view well-being, and the varying health ideals among youth and aging adults.The presentation attempted to highlight these different angles to give a pluralized idea of what can be viewed as indigenous health and well-being in the context of modern states and health policies. Lee, '08 Master of Public Health and '15 PhD Public Health, also is a UNLV alum.

Mar 13, 2017
At the first ever Clexacon the weekend of March 3-5, a convention bringing "together a diverse group of LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world," Erika Gisela Abad (Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies), co-presented Who Will Read, Write or Buy our Happily Ever Afters"with UNLV Gender and Sexuality students Nicole Espinosa and Ashley Smith.   

Feb 17, 2017
Erika Gisela Abad (Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies) published an essay, “Healing in the Flights of Uncertainty” in the Mujeres Talk academic blog. She reflects on the community-building experience of attending the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua's "El Mundo Zurdo Conference." 

Jan 20, 2017
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) will present a paper to the National Association of African and African American Studies Conference on Pan African Perspectives and Research on Mental Illness next month in Dallas. Also, featured at the conference will be educational sessions directed by the National African American Drug Policy Coalition and a special presentation by Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. Ela Gandhi is a retired social worker and activist living in Durban, South Africa, who is engaged in promoting Gandhian thoughts and encouraging the building of a culture of nonviolence through education projects and media.

Jul 6, 2016
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies) has been nominated for a National Women’s Studies Association Women’s Center Award. Established in 1977, the National Women's Studies Association promotes and supports the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research, and service in academic and other settings. NWSA recognizes that women's studies are broader than what happens in the classroom. Through her scholarship and teaching for more than 30 years, Heisser Metoyer has actively pursued knowledge to promote a just world in which all students can develop to their fullest potential. The association has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world.

Mar 29, 2016
Manoucheka Celeste (Interdisciplinary Degree Program) authored "Entertaining Mobility: The Racialized and Gendered Nation in House Hunters International,” which appeared in Feminist Media Studies (early online edition mid-February, hard-copy available in October). The article features analyzes of the popular show and discusses the concept of mobility in relationship to gender, race, and class. Celeste focuses on African American & African Diaspora studies within the interdisciplinary degree program.  

May 22, 2015
Katie Cannata (Journalism and Media Studies), Lee Hanover (History), Bella Victoria Smith (Interdisciplinary Studies), and Manuela Bowles (English) recently received the Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award. Given by UNLV's University Libraries, the award recognizes original research and sophisticated critical thinking skills across all disciplines. Winners received up to $1,000 in prize money, recognition at an award reception, and publication of their work in Digital Scholarship@UNLV. Bowles won in the Emerging Scholar category for her work, "Margaret Atwood and the Implications of the Word 'Love.'" Her faculty sponsor was English professor Amy Green. The winners in the senior-level Advanced Undergraduate Research Division are: Cannata for her honors thesis, "Jihad in the Global Village: Al-Qaeda's Digital Radicalization and Recruitment Campaign." Her faculty sponsor was journalism professor Paul Traudt. Hanover for "New York Oneida: Land Claims, Federal Policies, State Intervention, and Casino Development." Her faculty sponsor was history professor William Bauer. Smith for "'Man? Where's a Man? Don't Let Him Go!': Molina's Trans/gender Web in Interpretation and Performance." Her faculty sponsor was professor Sheila Bock of the interdisciplinary degree programs.