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Digest magazine

WSGS feminist & social justice digital zine

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Broad's Mission:   

Since 2007, the WSGS weekly digest has grown from a listing of upcoming events, grant opportunities, and other announcements to an interactive digital publication in the style of a feminist zine.  The Digest’s mission is to connect the WSGS program with communities of students, faculty, and staff at Loyola and beyond, continuing and extending the program’s mission. We provide space and support for a variety of voices while bridging communities of scholars, artists, and activists. Our editorial mission is to provoke thought and debate in an open forum characterized by respect and civility.

the WSGS Mission:

Founded in 1979, Loyola’s Women’s Studies Program is the first women’s studies program at a Jesuit institution and has served as a model for women’s studies programs at other Jesuit and Catholic universities. Our mission is to introduce students to feminist scholarship across the disciplines and the professional schools; to provide innovative, challenging, and thoughtful approaches to learning; and to promote social justice.


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MAGAZINE: (See the images and titles below that our part of our zine and click to jump!)   

Beyond sharing all of the announcements and resources that WSGS and its contacts receive, Digest magazine offers themed sections and regular columns that focus on feminism and social justice in a large variety of voices, methods, and topics.








i) Feminist Consciousness:
     (a) recognizes all voices and experiences as important, and not in a hierarchical form.
     (b) takes responsibility for the self and does not assume false objectivity.
     (c) is not absolutist or detached, but rather, is more inclusive and sensitive to others.

ii) Accessibility:
     (a) means utilizing accessible language, theory, knowledge, and structure in your writing.
     (b) maintains a connection with your diverse audience by not using unfamiliar/obscure words, overly
          long sentences, or abstraction.
     (c) does not assume a specific audience, for example, white 20-year-old college students.

iii) Jesuit Social Justice Education & Effort:
     (a) promotes justice in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth
          and care for others.
     (b) is made possible through value-based leadership that ensures a consistent focus on personal
          ntegrity, ethical behavior, and the appropriate balance between justice and fairness.
     (c) focuses on global awareness by demonstrating an understanding that the world’s people and societies
          are interrelated and interdependent.

Expectations and Specifics

• You may request to identify yourself by name, alias, or as “anonymous” for publication in the digest.  For reasons of accountability, the staff must know who you are, first and last name plus email address.

• We promote accountability of our contributors, and prefer your real name and your preferred title (i.e., Maruka Hernandez, CTA Operations Director, 34 years old, mother of 4; or J. Curtis Main, Loyola graduate student in WSGS, white, 27 years old), but understand, in terms of safety, privacy, and controversy, if you desire limitations.  We are happy to publish imagery of you along with your submission, at our discretion.

• We gladly accept submission of varying length- from a quick comment to several pages.  Comments may be reserved for a special “feedback” section.  In order to process and include a submission for a particular issue, please send your submission at least two days prior to the desired publication date.

• Please include a short statement of context when submitting imagery, audio, and video. 

• We appreciate various styles of scholarship; the best work reveals thoughtfulness, insight, and fresh perspectives.

• Such submissions should be clear, concise, and impactful.  We aim to be socially conscious and inclusive of various cultures, identities, opinions, and lifestyles.

• As a product of the support and resources of Loyola University and its Women Studies and Gender Studies department, all contributors must be respectful of the origin of the magazine; this can be accomplished in part by ensuring that each article is part of an open discourse rather than an exclusive manifesto.

• All articles must have some clear connection to the mission of the magazine. It may be helpful to provide a sentence or two describing how your article fits into the magazine as a whole.

• The writing must be the original work of the author and may be personal, theoretical, or a combination of the two. When quoting or using the ideas of others, it must be properly quoted and annotated. Please fact-check your work and double-check any quotes, allusions and references. When referencing members of Loyola and the surrounding community, an effort should be made to allow each person to review the section of the article that involves them to allow for fairness and accuracy.

• Gratuitous use of expletives and other inflammatory or degrading words and imagery may be censored if it does not fit with the overall message of the article or magazine. We do not wish to edit content, but if we feel we must insist on changes other than fixing typos and grammar, we will do so with the intent that it does not compromise the author’s original message. If no compromise can be made, the editor reserves the right not to publish an article.

• All articles are assumed to be the opinion of the contributor and not necessarily a reflection of the views of Loyola University and the WSGS program.

We very much look forward to your submissions and your contribution to our overall mission. 
Please send your submissions to: digestmagazine@luc.edu


As a non-profit, student-led and run publication, Digest magazine is an ongoing effort between many people of varying interests and several communities, within and outside of Loyola University Chicago. 

Currently, we operate with a senior editor, a junior editor in training to be senior editor, a copy editor for the resources section, and the help of several ongoing columnists.  We consult with many Loyola instructors and professors to further our professionalism, outreach, and impact.  We welcome and seek the support, advice, criticism, and efforts of anyone interested in helping us grow as a feminist and social justice effort.

2011-2012 Staff & Columnists:

Sophia Bairaktaris Copy Editor for Resources Section Guest Contributor
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Glimpses interview
Kyla Barranco Columnist: "the Bonfire" Tell-A-Vision
Betsy Jones Hemenway    Consultant  
Brandie Rae Madrid

Senior Editor
Content Editor
Copy Editor for Magazine
Columnist: "Screen/Play"

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Feminist Fires
Quote Corner
J. Curtis Main Visiting Editor
Content Editor
Themed Issue Coordinator
Contributor Coordinator
Columnist: "Inside R Out?"
Quote Corner
Glimpses interviews
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Feminist Fires
Alum Alert
Nlw Columnist: "Color Contacts"  
Aanmona Priyadarshini Columnist: "Beyond the Words"  
  Z Columnist: "Zbody"  


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