Women's Studies graduates stay connected to the department and our students. We offer networking events, career advising, and direct contact with a range of potential networks. We also provide a dedicated organization to bring our alumni together and support the department.
Friends of Women's Studies
Friends of Women's Studies is the community support group for our department. Our Friends group is made up of colleagues, community leaders, educators, parents, and alumnae. Each year, Friends of Women's Studies provides a series of speakers and events for the wider community to provide rich opportunities for engagement and dialogue. Through Friends of Women's Studies, students are supported with three endowed scholarships, a range of mentoring and career preparation opportunities, and a diverse support system that draws from alumna and invested advocates for feminist education.
To learn more about Friends of Women's Studies, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Words From Our Original Founders
The Women's Studies Department at Old Dominion University, established in 1977, was the first such program in Virginia, and in 1995 became the first state-assisted school in the Commonwealth to offer a major as well as a minor in Women's Studies.
In this video, we hear from Nancy Topping Bazin and Carolyn Rhodes on the origins of the department and the integral support from the Friends of Women's Studies.
I value that my degree has provided me with the opportunity to work in a field I truly care about. I feel very fortunate to be contributing to such an important mission.