Student-Initiated Groups

Women of Color Circle

A student-led space to support community, health, and well-being for self-identified women of color undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae at UCSB.

In the Spring of 2012, the Women of Color Circle was formed as a space to support community, health, and well-being for self-identified women of color undergraduates, graduate students, and alumnae at UCSB. Since then, we have developed the Circle as a group dedicated to community building, community and self-care, wellness, and sustainability. We hold weekly meditation sittings, discussion sessions, film screenings, and social gatherings.

We and our families are from Mexico, the Philippines, Armenia, Lebanon, China, Thailand, Egypt, the Chickasaw Nation, India, Pakistan, Korea, Colombia, Vietnam, Japan, Cuba, Native American, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander, Latina, and African American roots. From the very start, our work has been initiated and determined by students to address a need for a formal, student-led space that unites women of color at UCSB across age, discipline, and ethnic boundaries. We are a collective of women, queer, immigrant, and working class mothers and students of color.

In Fall 2012, the Women of Color Circle hosted a workshop with nancy Chargualaf martin, a Santa Barbara artist trained in a variety of healing modalities, who led a special class offering techniques for meditation and self-care.

In Winter 2013, we hosted a campus-wide screening, dinner, and discussion of the documentary, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 and a community brunch.

In Spring 2013, members from the Women of Color Circle presented at the UCSB Diversity Forum. There, we voiced our concerns about funding for first-generation college students in need, women of color graduate student admission, retention, and faculty salary inequities at the intersections of race and gender. We also hosted a spoken word/writing workshop with spoken word poet Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and a screening of Sally Tran's API Hair & Queerness documentary. Finally, we closed out the year with an end-of-year brunch.

For more information about the Women of Color Circle, please contact:

The Women of Color Circle is funded through The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice


Feminist Studies 150H Zines

Students in the Honors section for Sex, Love, and Romance create a zine as their final project.

Spring 2012 : View our PDF

Spring 2013: View our PDF

Spring 2014: View our PDF


Feminist Studies Lending Library

All are welcome to use the lending library, located inside the Feminist Studies Department office. If you would like to donate books, you may drop them off at the department front desk.

Not sure if the book you are looking for is in our library? Give us a call or send us an email - we'll check for you!


UCSB Links:

UCSB Library

Office of Research

Office of Instructional Consultation

Women's Center'scenter

Research Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity

Center for Research on Women & Social Justice

Center for Black Studies Research

Center for Chicano Studies

Office of Research Funding Resources Newsletter

Center for Nanotechnology in Society

New Sexualities Research Focus Group:

Performance Studies Research Focus Group:

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center:

Graduate Collaborative Awards, IHC:

Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy:

Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research:

Center for New Racial Studies:


Research Links Related to Women's & Gender Studies:


UCSB Library
Research in Women's Studies

The Artemis Guide

Links to Women's Studies Programs throughout the U.S.

Association of College and Research Libraries
Women's Studies Section Women and Gender Studies Web Sites

Feminism and Women's Studies

Feminist Theory Website
Information on 30 Fields, 70 Countries, 40 Feminists

Gender and Sexuality Resources:
This page publishes texts which address gender studies and queer studies, with a particular focus upon discussions of sex, gender, sexual identity and sexuality in cultural practices.

Gender Inn
The Women's and Gender Studies Database on the Internet.

Gender-Related Electronic Forums
Listed by the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Institute for Women and Technology
A nonprofit institute, founded in 1997, that works with research universities and women's colleges to bridge the gender gap in information technology and to create high-tech products that women find useful.

International Gender Studies Resources
Featuring research and teaching materials meant to facilitate the integration of Women's and Gender Studies into International and Area Studies philosophy and curricula.

National Women's History Project
"History looks different when the contributions of women are included."

National Women's Studies Association

Queer Theory provides you with the best online resources integrated
with the best visual and textual resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory,
Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields.

Resources of Scholarly Societies - Gender Studies
This is one of a set of subject pages in the Scholarly Societies Project, which facilitates access to websites of scholarly societies across the world.

The Scholar and Feminist Online
An online scholarly journal by the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Voice of the Shuttle
Gender Studies - offers links to sites about women's studies and feminist theory, queer studies, men's movements, and cybergender and techgender.

The Women's Studies Database
Contains conference announcements, calls for papers, employment opportunities, government documents, a picture gallery, and more.

Yahoo Women's Studies Links

Research Links Related to Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality:

UCSB Library
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

The AFL-CIO site for working women.
This site has an equal pay calculator that shows the gap between men's and women's earnings for identical jobs.

Black American Feminisms
An extensive bibliography of Black American Feminist thought from across the disciplines.

Ecofeminist Resources
Provides audio, visual and textual resources combined with the best online
resources in ecofeminist philosophy and its related fields.

Feminism Quotes from Wisdom Quotes
Quotations to inspire and challenge.
Provides information on news and bulletins, resources and links, women's health info, articles and speeches, women-owned businesses, and activism.

The Feminist Majority Foundation
A vast resource for everything related to feminism including global issues, reproductive rights, related news, and events.

Gifts of Speech
Dedicated to collecting speeches by influential contemporary women.

Jewish Women's Archive
Where history lives and grows.

National Gay and Lesbian Archives

National Organization for Women

Office on Women's Health
Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Philosophy Research Base
Site index for feminism/women in philosophy.

Said It
Feminist news, culture, and politics.

Third Wave Foundation
Strives to combat inequalities that we face as a result of our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status or level of education through empowering young women.

The premier search directory for women online.

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