Class of 2020 Celebration

Join us in celebrating our graduating class of 2020 and the many accomplishments of GGSS students this year!

A Message from the Chair

UB student at graduation with decorated mortar board that reads "be the change".

Congratulations graduates!

The faculty of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies would like congratulate each one of you and acknowledge your many accomplishments. Whether you are graduating with a major or a minor, completing your Master of Arts, or finishing your doctoral studies, as faculty we are so proud to have had you in our classes, guided you in your research, and talked with you about your hopes and dreams.

We know that this was not the graduation that many of you were expecting. However, we are also convinced that now more than ever, the world needs the knowledge, skills and passion that we were privileged to help you develop.

We look forward to seeing how you make a difference to our communities, so please keep in touch!​

Gwynn Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor

A Message from Dr. Barbara Wejnert

Watch Our Celebration!

Thanks to everyone who helped us recognize the GGS graduates and award recipients!

The recording is available via Panopto.

College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, May 14
1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 16
Arts, Natural Sciences, Math and Interdisciplinary Programs: 9:30 a.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences: 3:00 p.m.

Ceremony Details

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Student Awards

To recognize our students from afar, GGSS is pleased to announce these inaugural awards for 2020:

Graduate Awards


Recipient: Hilary Vandenbark, GGS 324 Controlling Reproduction

Honorable Mention: Jessica L. Mason, GGS 379 Sex: Gender and Popular Culture

Undergraduate Awards


Jeremy Pope


Addison Laczkowski

Tora Rodriguez


Mosammet Asma

Student Accomplishments

Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of GGS students this year! If you know of others, please share them with us at

External Awards

Mosammet Asma (GGS BA), along with the UB Muslim Student Association (MSA), received the 1st place award in the Social Justice Competition at the NY MSA 2020 Showdown.

Gabriella Nassif (GGS PhD) has received a Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-2021 from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to support her study of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. With this fellowship, Gabriella will be able to focus on her research and writing full-time.

Yuyun Sriwahyuni (GGS PhD) received a Dikti Fulbright award from Indonesia to support her doctoral studies at UB. 

Publications, presentations and more

Deanna Buley (GGS PhD) presented on the Abortion Support Network Project at the Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities' 6th International Conference on Women's Studies in Leeds, UK, January 2020.

Karolina Kulicka (GGS PhD) presented her research, Supporting Social Justice Movements from Inside a State Institution, at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference in San Francisco, CA, November 2019.

Jessica L. Mason (GGS PhD) published a book of poetry entitled Straight Jacket. Mason's writing supplements her feminist activism to remove the stigma around mental health and support those with mental illness. Mason also presented her research at conferences and led several workshops this year, including one titled "Gender Education for Educators: Pedagogies of Inquiry and Inclusion" at the New York State English Council's annual conference, Reigniting The Spark: Empowering Our Students, Our Colleagues, and Ourselves Through Reflection, Hope, and Compassion in Albany, October 2019.

Student Spotlight

Karolina Kulicka, recent grad, in front of Rosa Park's mural on the Buffalo Freedom Wall.

Karolina Kulicka ventured around Buffalo in her UB regalia. Seen here in front of the Rosa Parks mural at the Freedom Wall.

Karolina Kulicka completed her doctoral degree in Global Gender Studies this semester. Since joining the department in 2015, Karolina has served as an instructor for several GGS courses and the program coordinator for the women's studies internship which was revived this year in collaboration with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, Karolina was deeply involved in efforts on campus to improve employment policies for UB's graduate student body. The department greatly benefited from Karolina's professional experience and knowledge from working with the Polish civil service and the European Union. Karolina's research and advocacy around gender equality and public policy has expanded the knowledge and capacity of our own faculty and students. She has been a crucial member of our community! We all wish Karolina the very best as she returns to Poland and we trust that she will continue to make a difference in the world. 

College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15 1 p.m. 

This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.

This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.