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FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Fundraiser a Big Success

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 21, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s Advisory Council for the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently hosted a fundraising event, generously underwritten by Edith and Martin Stein, at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. Sixty people attended the event which included dinner, the play “Fighting Over Beverley,” and a conversation with the actors.

 “The event was a great success in raising funds for scholarships in FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies,” said Lora ‘Skeets’ Friedkin, member of the Advisory Board. “These scholarships support study and research in the broad range of human experiences.”

FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is a strong interdisciplinary program with nationally and internationally known faculty from a variety of disciplines. The underlying goal of the Center is to understand the broad range of experiences that reflect class, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, and the interconnections that shape these experiences in specific ways. The programs prepare students to think critically about the political, social, economic, and historical forces that shape our lives, along with our responses through activism and advocacy.

“"We are so grateful for the generous leadership of the Advisory Council in raising awareness and support for the Center and our students,” said Elena Machado, director of FAU’s Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

For more information about the Center, call 561-297-3865.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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