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Have you heard about women in liberal arts?

Sean Hobson

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: News
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As of last Tuesday, Sept. 15, female liberal arts majors have a new resource on campus. USG passed a bill officially recognizing Women in Liberal Arts (WILA) as an official student organization on campus. The group was founded with the intention of empowering female liberal arts students on campus, and trying to give them a collective voice through an official organization. Founders and co-presidents Lindsey Beasley and Kayla Wheeler stated that the chief goal of the organization was to create a stronger presence for the female liberal arts students on campus. WILA aims to accomplish this goal through leadership, education, and community service. The last method will permit "students to burst out of the bubble," says Beasley, and possibly see the practicality of their majors. WILA will also make use of programming: the organization plans to have a large annual event titled "WILA Week" featuring guest speakers, forums, panels, free food, and fun to celebrate the achievements of women in liberal arts.

Interestingly, WILA does not restrict its membership to only liberal arts majors- science majors are also welcome. WISER, the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable, already works with young women to promote academics and female presence in the sciences, and some may wonder where WILA will fit in now that they've received student group status. The co-presidents addressed this question by stating that even with the presence of WISER on campus, female students still do not receive as much attention as they should, and female liberal arts majors receive even less.

WILA plans to frequently collaborate with WISER to bring attention to the vibrant female student population on campus, both liberal arts and science majors. The primary goal of the organization is to bring together all of the female majors that are non-science for mutual encouragement and introduction to the many opportunities for female liberal arts majors.

Another positive aspect that the co-presidents pointed out is that WILA will be as big of a time commitment as more established organizations are. Many of the members are involved in other groups, including WISER, sororities and other activities. The co-presidents continually emphasized that they desire that each member have some sort of leadership role, especially on the executive board.

Another goal of the organization is to introduce members to the plentiful opportunities for liberal arts majors that exist, especially in research. "Case is not just an engineering school, it's a research institution. And that means research opportunities for everyone," said Wheeler. "When most people think of liberal arts, they don't think of research. Researching a new cure for cancer sounds a lot grander than developing a new political science theory, but both are important."

The co-presidents said that although the name of the organization is women in liberal arts, men are welcome to join. The co-presidents added that two of the fourteen members on the executive board are men. "The men in WILA love women," said Beasley and Wheeler, "and the women love the men. It's one big happy family."

If you're looking for more information about WILA or are interested in joining, contact Lindsey Beasley at or Kayla Wheeler .
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