Important note: WILL requires a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week. Applications for entry into WILL are made available during the Spring.
All WILL participants are required to complete the following three components:
1) Course Requirements: The WILL program strives to provide its participants with a deeper understanding of diversity, inclusivity, activism, and theory. Taking classes in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) helps participants better understand the intersections of feminist theory and practice. All WILL participants must complete the following WGSS courses (10 credits total):
WGS2001/WGS2002: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). As the gateway course to the WGSS major and minor at UC, it will provide multiple frameworks for studying the complexity of diverse human lives, using concepts and methodologies from multiple disciplines in the social sciences. We will examine relations of inequality based on gender, race, social class, sexuality, and nationality, as well as feminist perspectives on social, cultural, political, economic, scientific, and environmental practices and processes.
WGS2062: Women and Activism (3 credits)
This transformational course provides an opportunity to critically investigate how women influence and engage in social justice activism. Students will gain skills and practice activism in partnership with Peaslee Neighborhood Center, a community-based center located in Over-the-Rhone that is grounded in feminist activism. This course has been funded by UC Forward and is considered a UC Forward flagship course.
Internship (3 credits)
Gain practical, hands-on experience with organizations committed to advocacy and activism for women. Observe and analyze organizational operations and the ways in which leadership is performed. Practice skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to assist and possibly build upon the work of community agencies. Critically reflect on practical experience to aid in further application.
Senior Seminar (1 credit or equivalent)
- Reflect on leadership experienced gained in college;
- Identify linkages between curricular and co-curricular experiences;
- Evaluate aspects of experiences as they related to academic, personal, and professional identities;
- Communicate the integration of learning to various university and community audiences.
- Create leadership portfolios
2) Weekly WILL Meetings: Participants attend weekly WILL meetings to engage in discussions about feminist leadership. WILL meetings include team-building exercises, group discussion and reflection, individual contemplation, and conversations about feminism, leadership, activism, and social change. Through WILL meetings, participants are able to make deep lasting connections with one another while developing and growing as leaders. WILL discussions centralize around the importance of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and the practice of Action Research.
3) Group Action Projects: Participants will engage in group action projects with the aim of developing their feminist leadership skills. WILLers may choose from one of four group action projects in which to participate. Meetings for the group action projects will occur outside of the weekly WILL meeting time.