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FAU’s Women’s Studies Center Works with Boca Raton Community High School Teacher to Support Women’s Studies Class

  
            BOCA RATON, FL (July 23, 2009)
– Florida Atlantic University’s Women’s Studies Center is working with Jonna Shutowick, a history teacher at Boca Raton Community High School, to support  the development of the high school’s first women’s studies class. The class, entitled “Intro to Women’s Studies,” will be offered this fall and will cover women’s issues and contributions in history from prehistoric times to modern day. The curriculum will follow the guidelines set out in the Sunshine State Standards for Women’s Studies.

This is the first time that Boca Raton High School will offer a class in women’s studies. The idea came from students at the school.  Students who took AP Human Geography expressed a desire to know more after a unit on women’s issues in that class.  They approached their teacher, Ellen Birkman, to ask if it would be possible to offer a class dedicated to the subject.  Birkman, the department chair for social studies, approached Shutowick with the idea of starting a class in women’s studies. 

“I’m excited that we are able to follow up on something that was requested by the students,” said Shutowick. “I’m hoping to give them a broad view of what women’s studies is all about.”  Thirty students registered for the class, which is slated to begin in August.

Shutowick contacted Josephine Beoku-Betts, interim director of FAU’s Women’s Studies Center, for guidance about developing the syllabus for the class. “We are thrilled to be able to work with Jonna to develop this class – the first at Boca Raton High School. One of our goals with the FAU Women’s Studies Center has been to fill the void in women’s studies in high schools. We hope to continue to get the support necessary to pursue this very important goal. ”

The Women’s Studies Center at FAU was established in 1986. The Center offers an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree. The courses offered explore diversity of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, ability, sexuality and age. Students are prepared for careers in non-profit organizations and institutions that address women and gender issues, and for advanced training in fields such as law, social services and public policy.

For more information about the Women’s Studies Center at FAU or degree programs in women’s studies, email wsc@fau.edu or call 561-297-3865.


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