Women and Gender Studies Program

2019 WGS Awards Ceremony

March 26, 2019
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Abromson Center, USM Portland
Free and open to the public

Please join the USM Women & Gender Studies Program in celebrating the contributions of our 2019 award recipients:

MacPherson Outstanding Feminist Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service:

2019 Recipient Jessica Ouellette


Jessica Ouellette teaches Digital Feminisms and Gender, Sexuality, and Literature at USM. Since the Fall of 2016, she has advanced feminist theory and practices at USM in multiple and far-reaching ways.  Her scholarship examines the intersections of composition theory, rhetoric, and gender & sexuality studies, and considers contemporary digital modalities and the historical contexts of feminist praxis. Jessica is a valued and extremely productive member of the WGS’s Council who serves with enthusiasm and a deep commitment to feminist collegiality and process. 

Gish Award for Excellence in Feminist Social, Intellectual, Political, or Cultural Practice:

2019 Recipient: Julianne Siegfriedt

Julianne Siegfriedt began teaching in the Women & Gender Studies program in Spring, 2017 and has, in this short time, become an important member of the faculty.  Teaching introductory and upper level WGS courses, including Gender, Representation and Resistance; Rethinking Gender and Culture; and Gender and Health; Julianne has encouraged students to major or minor in the program.  A student recently describedher as someone who “holds a high standard for all her students, and wants you to reach it …  I’m a better student, feminist, critical thinker, reader, writer, and WGS major because of the courses I have taken with Julianne.” Ms. Siegfriedt will be defending her dissertation, “From Victim to Volunteer: Institutional Influences Throughout the Life Course for Individuals Who Have Sold Sex,” completing the requirements for a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in just a few days.  She is an excellent teacher, scholar, and colleague.


Long Award for Outstanding Contributions to Gender Equity in Southern Maine

2019 Recipient: Samaa Abdurraqib

Poet and essayist Samaa Abdurraqib worked as an abortion rights organizer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and, since 2016, as a Community Engagement Coordinator with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. In that role, she provides support for domestic violence advocates, and engages in statewide work around inclusivity for LGBTQ+ survivors, New Mainers, and victims who use languages other than English. In 2017, she began coordinating a collaborative initiative around the intersections of economic abuse and domestic violence. Her community activism in Portland focuses on the intersections of racial/gender/and social justice work; she has served as co-chair of the board of Maine Inside Out, sits on the board for Survivor Speak USA, and has facilitated community conversations and reading groups across the state through the Maine Humanities Council.


Feiner Award for Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies

2019 Recipient: Olivia Loneman

Olivia Friday Loneman belongs to the Cheyenne Nation and graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Women and Gender Studies from USM in 2014. She received her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and is currently the Prevention and Training Coordinator at New Beginnings in Lewiston, Maine. In that capacity, she works directly with at-risk youth as well with trainers, educators and other youth-serving professionals to provide comprehensive and accurate sexuality and HIV prevention education. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, youth agency and empowerment and believes that, with the right tools, we all have the ability to be our own best advocate.


Following the awards ceremony and reception, at 7 p.m. in Hannaford Hall, please join us for the annual Women's History Month keynote/inaugural Diana E. Long Women and Science lecture:          


"Gender/Sex, Sexual Orientation and Identity are in the Body: How did They Get There?" with Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling


Dr. Fausto-Sterling is a leading expert in biology and gender development. She is the author of such pioneering work as “The Five Sexes” in which she asserted that the two-sex system embedded in our society is not adequate to encompass the full spectrum of human sexuality and gender.

Contact Information

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