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Friends of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Mission Statement

The mission of the UH Friends of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies is to support the University of Houston Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program's research, teaching and campus and community activities through financial and volunteer efforts.

Friends Membership

Current Members

TIME TO RENEW for 2023-24


Student $25 e-newsletter (FMV = $0)
Activist $50 e-newsletter (FMV = $0)
Feminist $125 Free admission to 1 Living Archives & 1 Fast Friends (FMV = $0)
Rebel $250 Free admission to all Living Archives & Fast Friends (FMV = $0)
Suffragist $500 WGSS Meet the Professor & Rebel benefits (FMV = $0)
Fair Futurist $1,000 2 Invitations to Table Talk VIP Party with Conversationalists & Suffragist benefits (FMV = $0)
Aviatrix $2,500 Recognition on Table Talk Program (FMV = $0)

All members are recognized on the website and receive the FWGSS e-Newsletter, invitations to WGSS Programs/Events and IRWGS Updates. Futurist and above receive recognition in the Table Talk Program.

Make check payable to “University of Houston” with “FWGSS” or "IRWGS” in memo and mail payments to: University of Houston System, Gift Processing and Records, P.O. Box 867, Houston, TX 77001-0867 

Friends of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Board Members

Carmen Peña Abrego (President), Cara Baez, Danielle Bartz (Vice President), Annie Benifield, Ph.D., Elizabeth Chiao, M.D., Ruth Dreessen, Cristina Garcia Gamboa, Cathryn Martinez, Swati Narayan, Elisabeth Netherton, M.D., Julia Ossemi-Seied, Guillermo de los Reyes, Joy Sewing, Shreela Sharma, Ph.D. (Treasurer), Carey C. Shuart, Leandra Zarnow, Ph.D.

Friends of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Advisory Council Members

Dina Alsowayel, Ph.D., Annette Bracey, Lemar Brown, Patricia Cabrera, Decie Autin Coleman, Caroline Fant,  MaryScott Hagle, Eliza Horn, Geordie Hrdlicka, Mandy Kao, Nina Andrews Karohl, Shannon Langrand, GinRu Lee, Susana Monteverde, Tanya Pal, Sue Payne, Kathryn Peek, Ph.D., Beverly Robinson, Rebecca Rush, Yava Scott, Angela Shippy, M.D., Carey Shuart, MaryRoss Taylor and Patricia Gardner Young


The Friends of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies host Table Talk, the Living Archives series and Fast Friends, among other events.


Table Talk is a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table. Table Talk benefits the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. The next Table Talk will be held February 15, 2023, at the Hilton Americas.


The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series, held at the Rockwell Pavillion in the UH MD Anderson Library, offers panel discussions on diverse aspects of women's lives in Houston. These discussions are open to the public. The panels are professionally videotaped and become part of the Shuart Women's Archive at the University of Houston's Anderson Library.


Fast Friends Speed-Networking Social, held in private homes, offer professional women an opportunity to engage in dialogue on timely topics and network. Connect and exchange ideas with dynamic women from across Houston.