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Students arriving to the "Confronting Violence" Conference at Radcliffe Insitute For Advanced Study Harvard University, Spring 2015

Fabulous day-long "Confronting Violence" Conference at Radcliffe. URI GWS students impressed everyone with their questions and more.

Human Trafficking Research Group, Spring 2014

Left to right: Jessica Wainfor, Faith Skodmin, Lucy Tillman, Professor Donna Hughes, and Rachel Dunham

In October 2014, Professor Donna Hughes, Rachel Dunham, Lucy Tillman, and Faith Skodmin presented research at two conferences - the NEASA conference and the Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking.

A student's reflection on the research group: "I personally researched cases of human trafficking in Rhode Island that were prosecuted by the state. I also created tables to show prostituion arrests since 2009 within the 55 districts of RI. Other members of my group researched the federally prosecuted cases of human trafficking in RI and researched the craigslist killer case. I now have a broader sense of the elements that go into a case of human trafficking. I'm also now more aware of the laws for pandering and human trafficking. I'm happy I was able to participate in this group, as we were able to make contacts within the field for our further work and given opportunities to learn about the topic in a completely different way than in a classroom." ~Faith Skodmin, '14


Student Resources

Mission Statement

The discipline of Gender and Women's Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, freedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from: national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Gender and Women's Studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, Gender and Women's Studies envisions a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential.

Gender and Women's Studies uses feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.

2011 TAs for GWS 150: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies

Accommodation for Disabilities

Any students with documented disabilities should speak with his/her instructor to arrange any necessary accommodations to help insure their optimal performance in the class. As defined by URI’s Disability Services office "Students with qualifying disabilities may be eligible, under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 ADA), for reasonable accommodations that will support equal opportunity and inclusion in university programs and services. Documentation from a credentialed examinier is required to substantiate the presence of a possible disability and to establish the possible need for accommodations at the University of Rhode Island."

Refer to the URI Disability Services website for more information.


The Academic Enhancement Center, Learning Assistance Center (CCE), and Writing Center

Students are encouraged and may be required to seek any necessary outside help on papers, projects, or studying from the AEC, LAC, or WC.  At the Providence campus, call 277-5220 or visit room 239 for the LAC.  For the AEC’s schedule, see or phone 874-2367; for the Kingston Writing Center, call 874-4690.  Both the AEC and the WC are on the fourth floor in Roosevelt Hall.


Academic Integrity

URI has strict policies against cheating and plagiarism. Students are expected to hand in their own, original work for all course assignments. Any breaches in academic honesty will be treated seriously. The Gender and Women’s Studies program reserves the right to fail a student for ANY (this includes rough drafts) assignment that is not properly cited, is the work of another student, or violates any form of academic integrity. Should this happen, the incidence of cheating will be reported to the GWS department chair as well as the student’s department chair (who will notify the student’s advisor). The Gender and Women’s Studies program will also report any incidences of cheating to the appropriate academic dean(s), who with the instructor of record has the option to fail you in the course and possibly expel you from the University.

For a full listing of the University’s policies and procedures regarding academic integrity, please refer to the URI Student Handbook.