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Department of Women's StudiesOur Alumni & Community Network

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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 wmst@odu.edu.





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Donations to Friends of Women's Studies support our three endowed scholarships, student professional development, innovative teaching resources, and a range of direct community projects that link students to real social change initiatives.


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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.


Our Alumni

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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.

Skylar Wynn