I am a Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies professor who works on questions around gender, sex, sexuality, race, and the family. I have been working with the Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Committee to establish the LWGRC since 2016, when a group of students asked me: why don’t we have a women and gender center? Since then, I have supported students in organizing the annual Lasallian Women’s Conference, Women’s Week, and Take Back the Night. I have also collaborated with students through a Lasallian faculty-student reading group, and have developed scholarship on Lasallian intersectional feminism in collaboration with students. I am also the director of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love.
I am an English Professor and scholar of gender, sexuality, and women’s writing during the British Romantic period. Since joining the Manhattan College faculty in 1996, I have been dedicated to teaching about and working with students and faculty on women’s, gender, and sexuality issues on campus. I was one of four faculty members who worked with students to form the first LGBTQ club on campus. In spring 2020, I offered the first English course focused on “Queer Texts” that will be a regular offering in the major. I collaborated on developing the Women and Gender Studies Minor, which I directed for several years. I also support students’ interests through independent studies (e.g. Seventeenth-century Women Poets, Sexuality and Literature, Vampire Literature) and research projects (e.g. a Branigan on Margaret Atwood and LWGRC Fellowship on hookup culture and the Manhattan College access policy). My first year seminar and Roots: Literature courses focus on the social production of monsters as figures of otherness that reveal the limits of community around issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. Such intersectional thinking informs all my literature classes. Most recently, my scholarship has centered on exploring how recent rethinkings of materiality enable new ways of thinking about bodies, gender, and things (see my co-edited volume, Material Transgressions [Liverpool University Press, 2020]).
Roksana Badruddoja is on sabbatical for Fall 2020
I am a feminine/masculine WOC, a womanist, an interfaith and cross-cultural feminist, a critical race and transnational intersection theorist, an urban akashic and shamanic practitioner, a professor of sociology and women and gender studies and a queer mother to three fierce energy beings. I teach courses on feminist research methods, social inequalities, women of color in the U.S., sex and violence against women, feminist activism, race and resistance and sociology of gender. I am the author of Eyes of the Storms: The Voices of South Asian-American Women; the editor of “New Maternalisms”: Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable); and, a contributor of Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian Daughters in Obedience and Rebellion.
Gender Justice Advocate
I am currently a junior at Manhattan College, studying Philosophy and English, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. My pronouns are she/her/hers. During my freshman year at Manhattan College, I found my way to the LWGRC, where I discovered my passion for social justice and women’s empowerment. This will be my second year as a Gender Justice Advocate, and I am eager to continue the Center’s advocacy work on campus. Outside of the Center, I am a writer for Lotus Magazine and a volunteer on The Take Back the Night Planning Committee. I’ve worked as an Orientation Leader and as a Peer Mentor in the past, and have stepped into my new role as Resident Assistant this semester. I hope to foster the same sense of community that Manhattan College has offered to me over the years, and look forward to introducing everyone to the LWGRC!
Gender Justice Advocate
I am a writer, a lover of the great outdoors and use she/her/hers pronouns. I am in my senior year as a communication major with minors in English and digital media art. I love all things nature and believe that connection to the Earth and the self are the first steps to connecting with others. In addition to serving the Center, I am the General Manager of WRCM radio and an Editor-in-Chief of Lotus Magazine. As an involved Jasper, I can't wait to bring different Manhattan College communities closer together. I hope to use my time at the LWGRC to help people break through barriers and do things that they've always wanted to do; whether these barriers were built by society, their community or themselves. If you see me around, strike up a conversation about your goals and dreams -- nothing is off limits -- I love helping others find their niche!
I graduated from Manhattan College mid-pandemic in May 2020 with a degree in Business Administration (Management and Marketing) with a minor in Religious Studies. My pronouns are she/her/hers. During my undergraduate years, I was involved in many clubs/initiatives including leading the MSA, co-founding and leading Women in Business, and much more which often had me intersecting my work with the LWGRC. I look forward to being an advocate for students and providing support as needed during formative years of their lives.
I am a current senior at Manhattan College double majoring in Peace & Justice Studies and Religious Studies with a minor in Arabic. My pronouns are she/her/hers. This is my first semester interning with the LWGRC, and I found my way to the center through hosting my monthly grARTitude sessions, which focus on art healing with an emphasis on gratitude and reflection. When I am not in the center, I work as the assistant to Dr. Mehnaz Afridi in the Holocaust, Genocide, Interfaith Education Center. I am also the president of Sigma Delta Tau, two time LOVE leader, and past Kairos retreat leader. My favorite part of all my activities I am involved in at Manhattan College is the ability to develop genuine relationships with students and faculty. Some fun facts are that I am originally from Virginia, and have a French Bulldog named Charlotte. I look forward to assisting with the amazing work and programming of the center, and being a place for an inclusive community and helping each other navigate through this new world we are living in.
I am a Junior at Manhattan College majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. I am passionate about raising awareness on mental health, gender issues, women's rights, and sexual assault. I started working at the LWGRC as an intern in August 2020 and I’m excited to be working with amazing young women who want to make a positive impact on our college campus. When I’m not working at the center, I volunteer as a committee member for Manhattan College’s Take Back the Night, Her Campus, and I am involved in Sigma Delta Tau, Manhattan's only sorority. I also co-lead a support group called #MeToo Mondays which is a peer led group for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence that uses journaling and discussion as an outlet.
I am a senior at Manhattan College majoring in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I began working at the LWGRC in January 2020 and I am very excited for all of the work we will do this year! Outside of the LWGRC I work as a research assistant for the Manhattan College Sociology Department and volunteer as a member of Manhattan College’s Take Back the Night Committee. I am also the secretary, social media coordinator, and community relations officer for Manhattan College’s Psychology Club. In addition, I also co-lead a support group that I created last year known as #MeToo Mondays, which is designed to provide solidarity for survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence, while healing through self-expression. I love playing a role in the Manhattan College community and I am looking to make the most out of my last year here!
Hi everyone! My name is Sydney and I’m a junior at Manhattan College. I've been an intern with the LWGRC for about a semester now and I’m thrilled to be continuing it. I’m originally from Kennebunkport Maine and a double major in Peace Studies and Political Science. I really love being active on campus so I’m involved in a number of different clubs and organizations. I’m on the Eboard for Just Peace, involved with the Manhattan Green club, and a member of Love Your Melon. I’m also a member in our campus improv group, Scatterbomb, as well as having a talk show on our campus radio station, WRCMRocks. I’m a part of the LOVE Program, as well as Kairos. My internship with the LWGRC allows me to research and explore topics I’m interested in and advocate for such as reproductive rights, intersectional feminism, intersectional environmentalism, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. For a good time and a break from school and clubs, I love surfing, eating good food, and spending time with my friends and family. I’m so happy to be a part of the LWGRC family and for the ability to advocate for all that I care about! Cheers!!
I am a sophomore at Manhattan College majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. This is my first semester interning with the LWGRC and I am passionate about implementing everything the center represents around campus. Through my involvement with the center, I hope to continue to raise awareness on mental health, gender issues, women’s rights, sexual assault, and healing. Outside of the center, I am part of the Just-Peace and soNYC club. I am thankful for the opportunity to develop genuine relationships with the students and faculty through the LWGRC, as well as be a part of creating a safe space on campus.
Faculty Advising Network
The LWGRC is a network of faculty and administrative support for student advocacy and healing. In addition to the staff in our Center, you can reach out to us by talking to or collaborating with our faculty and staff advisors.