About Women’s Studies at SIUE

Welcome to the SIUE Women’s Studies Page!

Carolina Rocha  Director

As of July 2019, we have a new Director, Carolina Rocha.  After two terms, Alison Reiheld has stepped down as Director and she is very excited to see what Dr. Rocha does that Alison would not have thought to do or had the connections to make possible.

The goal of our program is to invite students to critically examine the beliefs, attitudes, and values surrounding gender and sexualities.  Women’s Studies courses focus on the often under-represented contributions of women to literature, art, history, science, and social sciences, but, as importantly, WMST classes also ask students to think about structures of power that inform our political and cultural landscapes and, ultimately, to challenge expectations that impede social justice. Such work also involves considerations of masculinity, gender more generally, and of sexuality as well as issues of race, class, and other intersecting concerns .

We’d love to have your participation in our program in any number of ways. You can take a Women’s Studies course; read our blog (linked in the menu); attend one of the regular lectures or events we host on campus; help restock our period supply bags in bathrooms around campus; declare a minor;  or simply look through our website for information about feminist scholarship and activism.  Feel free to stop by the Women’s Studies Office (Peck 3407) for more information, formal mentoring, or just a cup of coffee.

If we aren’t there, you can reach the Director of Women’s Studies, Carolina Rocha, by e-mail at crocha@siue.edu.

You can also find our very active closed Facebook group, SIUE Women’s Studies Program, on social media. Someone posts articles, memes, songs, local opportunities for outreach and activism, and more on a regular, almost daily basis. If you are a minor, alumni, or interested in Women’s Studies issues, just visit our FB site and request to join!


  • Our Spring 2019 events are over but we are already planning for Fall 2019. You can see what we’ve done under Spring 2019 events and Past Events if you’d like a sense of what we get up to.
  • We now have a page of Helpful Information for Students which has information on breastfeeding/nursing/pumping locations on campus as well as on how to institute an effective name change and updated (as of Oct 2018) information on childcare support on campus.
  • Do you need to report a sexual assault, get help supporting someone who has been sexually assaulted, get help as a survivor, or learn how to help prevent sexual assault? Visit the website of SIUE’s Prevention Education and Advocacy Center (PEACe).
  • Women’s Studies Minors and “Friends of Women’s Studies” (anyone who is taking a WMST course, who is interested in feminist issues, or just wants to receive updates on the program), please sign up for our  list-serv.  We promise not to to overload your inbox, and we’ll send invitations to events, announcements, and other good information to the email address you provide. Follow this link to get started: https://lists.siue.edu/listinfo/wmst_minors_and_friends
  • Are you a faculty member at SIUE who wants to become affiliated with the WMST program, or who is already involved but isn’t on the listserv? E-mail the Director to receive information on the faculty listserv as well as on the many levels of involvement from easy to invested!
  • You can also join our group on Facebook, “SIUE Women’s Studies  Program,” to receive information about events and to join the conversation about current issues.



The image used on our website is a detail of Carrie Moyer’s painting “The Stone Age” from the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art housed at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York.  We’ve got a link to their website on our “Links We Like” Page.

WMST Office ~ Peck Hall 3407 ~ Campus Box 1350 ~ siuewmst@gmailcom

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