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Friends of Women's Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the UH Friends of Women's Studies is to support the University of Houston Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program's research, teaching and campus and community activities through financial and volunteer efforts.

Friends Membership

2016-17 Members

TIME TO RENEW for 2017-18


(each level's benefits include those at lower levels)

Student $25 FWS e-newsletter
Activist $50 FWS e-newsletter
Feminist $125 Free admission to 1 Living Archives & 1 Fast Friends
Rebel $250 Free admission to all Living Archives & Fast Friends
Suffragist $500 WGSS Community Classroom admission for 2
Fair Futurist $1,000 Table Talk Kickoff Party Invitation
Aviatrix $2,500 Research luncheon with WGSS Faculty

Mail payments to: UH Friends of Women’s Studies, Agnes Arnold Hall, 3553 Cullen Boulevard, Room 624, Houston, TX 77204-3005

Friends of Women’s Studies Board Members

Carmen Pena Abrego, Leah Barton (President), Patricia Cabrera (Treasurer), Lilian Care, Stefani Crowe, Melissa Edwards, Caroline Fant, Sydney R. Greenblatt, Elizabeth Gregory, Eliza Horn (Vice President), Melenda Jeter MD, Ann MacNaughton, Chau Nguyen, Tanya Pal, Lyndsey Ray, Willetta Shepherd Rucker, Angela Shippy MD, Carey C. Shuart, Michelle Leigh Smith, Leah Pedersen Thomas, Rebecca Golden Timsar, Ashley Paige Turner, Sannam Warrender, Leandra Zarnow

Friends of Women's Studies Advisory Council Members

Dina Alsowayel, Annette Bracey, Lemar Brown, Eleanor Gilbane, MaryScott Hagle, Geordie Hrdlicka, Mandy Kao, Nina Andrews Karohl, Shannon Langrand, GinRu Lee, Susana Monteverde, Sue Payne, Beverly Robinson, Rebecca Rush, Yava Scott, Carey Shuart, and MaryRoss Taylor.


The Friends of Women's Studies host Table Talk, the Living Archives series, and Fast Friends, among other events.


Table Talk is a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table. Table Talk benefits the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. The next Table Talk will be held March 28, 2018, at the Hilton Americas.


The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series, held at the Rockwell Pavillion in the UH MD Anderson Library, offers panel discussions on diverse aspects of women's lives in Houston. These discussions are open to the public. The panels are professionally videotaped and become part of the Shuart Women's Archive at the University of Houston's Anderson Library.


Fast Friends Speed-Networking Social, held in private homes, offer professional women an opportunity to engage in dialogue on timely topics and network. Connect and exchange ideas with dynamic women from across Houston.