Dr. Katharine Westaway teaches in both the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the English Department at the University of Miami. As a long-time feminist and LGBT ally, her research encompasses healthy body image, topfreedom, and sexual assault on campus. She has held consciousness raisings on the body and has advocated for body acceptance for over a decade.

Drawing on her literary background Dr. Westaway matches feminist and LGBT issues with related novels. She was recently awarded the Engaged Faculty Fellowship for her work in the Miami community with the Aqua Foundation for lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. She strongly believes that theory must have legs so she created the Canes Consent event to work on eradicating sexual assault on UM’s campus which included a DJ, gourmet food, TED-style talks, and free t-shirts.

Outside the University, Dr. Westaway was the Membership Director for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the state of Florida in 2013-2014. Dr. Westaway was actively involved on campus and has served as the faculty advisor for the Black Female Development Circle and is currently faculty advisor for the National Organization for Women @UM ([email protected]) chapter at UM. She writes feminist poetry and has her congressperson on speed dial.

No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.
-- Margaret Sanger


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