In 2001, the CSW Workshop Project was initiated, bringing together five groups of faculty members to foster intellectual community across the disciplines and enable the groups to use CSW support as seed funding to gain grants, which would be administered through CSW. Cosponsoring ongoing lecture series with LGBT Studies and Sociology, in 2002 CSW began also to cosponsor a new lecture series, titled Feminist Ethnographies, bringing in leading scholars such as Trinh T. Minh-ha (UC Berkeley), feminist anthropologists Sherry Ortner (Columbia), and Sylvia Yanagisako (Stanford). In 2003, Miriam Silverberg stepped down due to illness. Sadly, she passed away in March 2008. Her contributions to CSW were innovative and inspiring and we all miss her.
In 2005, Professor Kathleen McHugh began her directorial term, which she held until 2014. In 2006, CSW launched faculty curator and faculty development grants programs to more effectively combine and expand its programming and research functions. That same year, a Publications Unit was created to publicize information related to CSW-supported research more widely through the website and listservs. CSW Update, an online newsletter, began publishing and appeared monthly during the academic year. In 2007–08, CSW began several research projects. The Access Mazer Project, supported by the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships, involves CSW and the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives working together to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize several key Los Angeles-themed collections. A second community-based research project, From Protest to Policy: A History of Women’s Social Movement Activities in Los Angeles, 1960-1999, led to a conference, publications, and an online archival materials. CSW held an international conference, The Gender of Terror, hosted by Associate CSW Director Purnima Mankekar. The Publications Unit started uploading Thinking Gender papers and CSW newsletter articles to the CSW site at the California Digital Library (CDL) and created a series, Working Papers in Feminist Research, to publish articles about CSW-supported research. CSW is now working with several campus groups to develop policy and research briefs. That same year, CSW began a Green Sustainability Program, and, in 2008, moved into newly renovated offices in 1500 Public Affairs Building. In 2008–09, CSW also held a multi-UC-campus manuscript workshops for junior faculty called Emerging Epistemologies, funded by a UCHRI grant. The State of the Union Conference on marriage and policy was organized by Associate CSW Director Juliet Williams.
CSW’s current research projects continue to pursue connections between science, social science, and the humanities. In her first year as director, Dr. Lee launched the “Feminism +the Senses” lecture series, which calls on feminist scholars to explore the implications of sensory data. “Chemical Entanglements,” a research project that will culminate in a multidisciplinary symposium in 2017, examines the gendered implications of toxic exposure. And in 2016, CSW is launching two projects under the auspices of a research initiative called “Food | Water | Shelter.” The first, led by CSW Associate Director Jessica Cattelino, is funded by a grant from UCLA’s Sustainable Grand Challenge, and will investigate the role of gender in everyday water use in Los Angeles. For the second project, CSW, in partnership with the Department of Gender Studies and the Institute for Society and Genetics, is bringing two Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professors to UCLA for the 2016-2017 academic year to do research, teach classes, and give public lectures on the connections between gender and food.
Recently, CSW conducted a survey to obtain input from the people who have used, worked with, or been sponsored by CSW over the years. An anonymous respondent wrote: “I am new to UCLA, and was invited to a CSW luncheon with other new faculty shortly after my arrival. I met several people at that luncheon, with one of whom I am now pursuing a research collaboration. This is someone that I would not have had any other opportunity to run across.” As we celebrate our twenty-fifth year, CSW looks ahead to continuing to contribute to the study of gender, sexuality, and women’s issues by creating more such opportunities for networking, collaboration, research, and academic innovation.