Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies main office and building are closed effective 10 Sep, 2020 until further notice. The GWS office can be reached by voicemail at 520-621-7338 or by email at SBS-GWS@email.arizona.edu.

We at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies stand with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies to “vehemently oppose the continued attack on transgender rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans* family, friends, colleagues, and community and are committed to support movement toward inclusive education in Arizona, which encompasses trans* peoples’ right to participate in sports and athletic teams.”

Mel Ferrara

About Mel Ferrara

Mel Ferrara is a PhD candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. They received their BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy/Political Thought from Muhlenberg College in 2015 and their MA in Gender and Women’s Studies from University of Arizona in 2017.

Mel is a 2015 University Fellow and a 2016 Point Foundation Scholar. Their community advocacy includes working with healthcare providers on improving access and care for LGBTQIA+ patients. Mel also does work on educational policy and training for staff at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

Their research interests include trans and intersex studies, feminist science and technology studies, and animal studies, as well as post/anti-colonial methodologies and critical pedagogies.

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