Women’s and Gender Studies (Minor Only)

application form for UN CSW 2016 course

registration link

Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery | STARS addresses human trafficking in Topeka and Shawnee County. Our volunteers give presentations to educate our community about modern day slavery. To request a FREE presentation, make a donation, or to join our listserv, email us at: starstopeka@gmail.org.

STARS link
STAND Twitter feed

S.T.A.N.D. - Students Together Advocating Non-Violence in Dating is a Washburn University student organization that strives to eliminate dating violence through outreach and education.

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YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment

Eliminating Racism - Empowering Women | YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment


V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.

v-day link
Topeka & Sn. Co. League of Women Voters
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League of Women Voters serves the citizens of Topeka & Shawnee County, Kansas. This site will keep you up to date and informed about pertinent issues.

League of Women Voters web site


UN Comission on the Status of Women 2016

Link to flyer with information about introductory meeting.

application for UNCSW trip

and more information re: the trip


            DIVERSITEA @ 3

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We are resuming our Diversitea @ 3 programs this semester:

September 29 @ 3, in the Mulvane Art Museum: Experiences of African American Students

October 27 @ 3, in the Mulvane Art Museum: Experiences of International Students

November 24 @ 3, in the Mulvane Art Museum: Experiences of Latino Students

Please joins us and speakers for discussion and TEA!


United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2015

Sharon Sullivan is leading an amazing group of women on this trip to NYC

UN trip NYC

11 Mar 15


Washburn University webinar

White Privilege: How it Undermines Our Best Efforts to Diversify and be Inclusive

cosponsored by Diversity Initiative and Mabee Library

January 27, 2015, 1:00 - 2:30 Washburn A room in the Memorial Union on campus

The webinar will examine the historical patterns and impacts entangled in white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression. It will explore how these patterns show up in our thoughts, interactions, institutions and cultural practices.


Washburn student group STAND, Washburn Women's and Gender Studies, and Washburn Theatre Department are sponsoring          


                                               by Eve Ensler


To benefit STARS, (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery)

February 27 & 28, 2015 @ 7:30P

email   farai.harreld@washburn.edu for more information


FALL 2014 Gender Brown Bag Series Presentations:

9/3:   Tim Collins and Emma Stevens, The World of Women's Soccer.  12:00PM Vogel Room

9/25: Jennifer Ball, Lindsey Moddelmog, Tom Prasch and Bassima Schbley, Gender Dimensions of War and Migration.   12:30 Vogel Room

10/8Brad Turnbull, Addressing Masculinity and Reframing (Wo)Men's Issues.   12PM Cottonwood Room

10/16: Sharla Blank and John Paul, The Power and Joy of Derby: Women's Participation, Empowerment and Transformation in a Flat Track Roller Derby Team.  12PM Lincoln Room

10/27: Annie McKay, Women and Poverty in Kansas.   12PM Vogel Room

11/6:   Curt and Christie Brungardt of Jana's Campaign, Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses.   12:30PM Vogel Room

11/13: Jae Yoon Park, Filming Transnational Migration: Korean Women's Diasporic Films.   12PM Vogel Room

11/19: Maria Stover, Media and Women in Politics: Western and Non-Western Comparisons. 12PM Lincoln Room


Dr. Sullivan's presentation: "HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OUR BACKYARD"


Sharon Sullivan at Shawnee State  April 1, 2014



March 10-21, 2014

Associate Professor Sharon Sullivan's presentation, "Education to Create Change"  focused on the importance of education to combat Human Trafficking.

 and March 10 - part of a  panel presentation: "It Takes a Village: Expanding our success in the fight against Human Trafficking"



NOW - National Organization for Women event |  February 15, 2014 | Washburn University Student Union

Sponsors: Capital City NOW; Washburn Women's and Gender Studies; STAND Students Together Advocating Nonviolence in Dating; YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment; League of Women Voters, Topeka-Shawnee County

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BREEDERS screening

A film by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, BREEDERS explores the topic of commercial surrogacy.
Monday, January 27, 2014    7:00-9:00PM
Washburn Living Learning Center, Blair Room
fb event link       Breeders website

Dr. Sharon Sullivan was a guest speaker on The Giving Net radio program, January 15, 2014. She discussed the intersection of arts and activism. Interesting, informative conversation along with recommended books for further study.


Week Without Domestic Violence March

WaGS and STAND students with Dr. Sharon Sullivan

Downtown Topeka, KS  Friday October 18, 2013

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First Ever Dream Builder Award - 2013 YWCA Leadership Conference

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Dr. Sharon Sullivan (back row, third from right) receiving the Dream Builder Award



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Dr. Sullivan attended the 2013 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as an ad hoc delegate.

She has been invited to attend the 2014 58th Congress as a delegate and to organize a panel discussing human trafficking.