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Community Partners

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) partners with members of the community to work together in the pursuit of common goals.

Office of International Programs at Austin Community College and Scholars Rescue Fund In 2013-14, CWGS is partnering with the Office of International Programs at Austin Community College and Scholars Rescue Fund, a program of the Institute of International Education that identifies scholars at risk around the world because of their research, teaching and activism.  Through this collaboration we are hosting Dr. Mehrang Monfrared, an Iranian feminist scholar, as a CWGS Visiting Scholar.  Dr. Monfrared is working with CWGS faculty and students to highlight issues of human rights and women's rights in Iran.

 Conspire Theatre Conspire Theatre is a new nonprofit theatre company (sponsored by Austin Circle of Theaters) created to serve marginalized and incarcerated women using the creative mediums of theatre and creative writing.  Many of the women we serve have suffered severe physical and psychic trauma, and we counter that by creating a safe and joyful space to explore creativity, agency and self-expression. CWGS is working to help Conspire Theatre build a support network. CWGS has partnered with Conspire in workshops, conferences, and orientations for our graduate students. For more information on Conspire Theatre, visit:

Dress for Success The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. CWGS engages with Dress for Success through the INSPIRE Leadership Program. CWGS has also reached out to the University for discounts and special passes for the women invloved in Dress for Success.  For more information on Dress for Success, visit:

Gonzalo Garza Independence High School  CWGS assisted Garza’s teachers and administrators in putting together the first “for credit” women’s studies curriculum for high school students in Texas.  TEA has approved it as a core curriculum in History and English. CWGS also impemented the Performing Justice Project in 2012. For more information on Garza High School, visit:

Mamas of Color Rising In 2012 CWGS partnered on a benefit event for Mamas of Color Rising. This event, Mama Said Knock You Out! 2, was in conjunction with the EWHRI conference "Rethinking Power & Resistance: Gender and Human Rights" in October of 2012. This conference work was supported by local organizations including:
allgo: Statewide Queer People of Color Organization
Quilombola (formerly Austin Black and Brown Alliance)
Hutto Visitation Program
Indigenous Women’s Network, Alma de Mujer
Mamas of Color Rising
Texas after Violence Project

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