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interdisciplinary, gender, and ethnic studies Accomplishments

May 22, 2018
Sheila Bock (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) published "Body, Neuro-Diverse, and Ability-Centered Identities" in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies, which is available on Oxford Handbooks Online.  

Apr 13, 2018
Nicole Espinosa and Erika Abad (both Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies) participated in the second annual Clexacon, a lesbian and bisexual media convention, at the Tropicana earlier this month. Espinosa, a women's studies major, participated on the "Lexa's Legacy" panel. Professor-in-residence Abad participated on the "Queer Women of Color Representation in the Media"  panel. Approximately 4,000 people from 49 states and 25 countries attended the convention.

Apr 3, 2018
Lynn Comella (Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) has been elected co-chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Adult Film History Scholarly Interest Group. Her three year term begins in July. She is an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies.

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 Ph.D. 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.