This contest is named after the first Coordinator of UNC Charlotte’s Women’s Studies Program. A faculty member of the English Department since 1969, Dr. Carver was also the former chair of the Black Studies Committee, who selected Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey to be the first director of UNC Charlotte’s Black Studies Program, later renamed the African American and African Studies Department, (AAAS). Dr. Carver worked side by side with Dr. Maxwell-Roddey to teach, advise, and help students as a faculty member of the AAAS Department, now called the Africana Studies Department. After teaching in the English and AAAS Departments for several years, she responded to the demands of female students to offer Women’s Studies courses at the University. In the spring of 1984, after years of negotiations, the Concentration in Women’s Studies, an interdisciplinary program, was approved by the UNC administration. While the Program began with a small offering of courses, today it offers over 100 courses and has over 350 minors.
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Dr. Sonya Ramsey
Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies
Jakob Breunig, 2018
Jessica Rojas, 2017