Our Students Say...
About Prof. Benanti's Women and Public Relations
The Women and Politics and Women and Public Relations classes you taught have been the most helpful in my new career. I attended my first editorial board meeting and would have had no idea what to expect had it not been for your class.
Introduction to Women's Studies: 201
I took this course to fill the general education requirement, but it turned out to be my favorite class.
My favorite part about this course was how open the conversations in the class could be. The instructor would welcome any debates on the issue she was talking about. If a student had something to contribute or something to oppose, our instructor would allow it.
I really liked this class and learned a lot of new things. It opened my mind more to feminism and women's movements, along with other human rights movements.
I got to know more about what a feminist is and knowing if I am one or not. Which I am, I loved the class and would like taking another class because it lets us know that there are still women who are not "free" in having their own choices and being able to voice their thoughts.
WS 451: The Practicum
I liked the reflection this course provided in terms of assessing the feminist advocacy organization. The focus on the strengths and weaknesses of volunteer situations also helped me to consider the way in which I spend volunteer time. I loved the readings. Class discussion was overall great and even therapeutic in a sense for wrangling with the learning process.
About Dr. Hamzeh's HON 387V arab-muslim feminisms and homosexuality in Islam-Fall 2011
Almost everything we've done in this class has caused me to change my thoughts and assumptions-particularly on gender, sexuality, class, and nationality.
I cannot express what an impact your course has made on me until this very day. I am actually currently engaging the interests I developed over the course of the class through various little projects.
Let me just start by saying thank you for the opportunities you have given us in this class. It has been (and continues to be) a unique and expansive space for knowledge. This experience of facilitating the class was essentially a new one for me, and honestly I think that it will now stand out as one my most positive and memorable in my undergraduate career. Teaching has always been something that has made me a bit nervous, but the environment of trust that we have created and the personal connections we have made in this class made everything seem so much more natural. It has made me realize how important these things (trust and personal connections) really are in a learning environment and I think that if I am ever in a teaching position they will be important aspect of my methodology.
First, thank you so much for all of the support you've given me this semester. I've been privileged in having exceptional professors throughout my entire career at NMSU, but you've created a unique and safe space within your course that I have not experienced in the same way elsewhere.
WS202-M01 Representing Women Across Cultures-Fall 2011
I have been able to rethink my assumptions on gender, sexuality, race, class, language, nation, able bodies etc. because of this course, mainly because I have been able to understand that discourse has in the past affected the way I thought and the way others think.
So far, this class has taught me a lot about feminism as a concept and social issues like oppression and all forms of discrimination. I have learned so much in this class, and it can mainly be summed up into 1) feminism is not reverse misogyny or man-hating and 2) discrimination and oppression come in many forms and are perpetuated by institutions (ex: the military, mainstream media, and religious teachings) that feed us the dominant discourse.
I took something new from every activity in this class, every documentary, discussion, and assignment. Every Wednesday after class it was like a breath of fresh air, my mind would start thinking about everything that I learned and how it was going to affect my life from that point on.
I really overall did enjoy this women's studies class. The way this class was organized was very clear and made me know what was expected of me. Having the chapters on blackboard helped in so many ways. I had never considered a women's studies class or knew what the class really had consist of, until I took this class. So often we do not always know all the information we could learn from a class such as this. I have learned more about women and feminism, how women are viewed around the world and many other topics. What I liked about this class was that we had the opportunity to relate it to what was/ is going on around us in the world today and how we are being affected by that.
About Dr. Jonet's Feminist Theory from Fall 2011
I liked the texts, "Feminist Theory," and "King Kong Theory." However, I equally loved engaging in class discussion and journaling. There was not one facet of this course, which I found to be tiresome or to be a chore. Anytime I had to miss the class, I felt like I was leaving a space where my contribution to the learning community suffered and if others were missing I felt the same. Dr. Jonet's classes always end in the group feeling like a family, so I know I will miss engagement with my fellow learners.
She is a great professor who truly cares about her students and their work. She is meant to be a teacher.
I enjoyed this course very much, it has change my perspective and opened my eyes to many things in this world, including my position in it.
Alternative Genders and Sexualities from Fall 2011
NMSU's inclusion of this course in its curriculum signifies the institution's progressive and competitive approach towards education.
Movies, readings, films, videos, articles! There was so much reading and reflection papers during this class, but it didn't feel like a whole lot because the material was so interesting. It was educational, and I learned so much in this course that this class should be taken by all NMSU students as a requirement.
AWESOME course, very good instructor with her teaching, her grading, and I'm recommending my colleagues to take this class because you do learn more than what you think that you already know about all LGBTQ people.
About Dr. Williams's Gender & Horror class from Spring 2011
Love this class, it is applicable across many majors: counseling, therapy, psychology, writing, film, acting, sociology, history, social work, women's studies, acting, gender studies. It should be offered often on line as well as in person or hybrid.
I really grasped a feminist perspective [...] had a blast with the films both the good ones and the one the baffled me. I found myself applying concepts I picked up in this class when ever the TV came on, from Nick at night to MSNBC. Great class.
Gender, Sex, and the Body from Fall 2012
I have actually taken Women's Studies classes before online and they happened to be some of my favorite classes...Laura Williams, my sex, gender, and the body professor really helped when it came to Women's Studies. She knew this was not my major but encouraged me every step of the way. If I had any questions about the assignments she would help me and actually recommended that I put my final project in WS Student Paper Award.