Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 4, Issue 2
spring 2014
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Our Thanks to Inderpal Grewal

from Emily Bakemeier, Deputy Provost for the Arts and Humanities

As we all express our thanks to Inderpal for her four years as chair of WGSS, I would like to express appreciation for and draw attention to the fact that Inderpal’s arrival on the Yale campus and her leadership role in WGSS began well before she joined the Yale faculty in July 2009 and with her steadfast dedication, it will continue long beyond her formal appointment as chair.  In the Spring of 2006, when the external committee to review WGSS was being formed, Inderpal’s stature in the field and the respect for her work and leadership in Women’s Studies that was voiced by her colleagues across the globe made her the clear choice to be the chair of the external review committee.   Her leadership of that committee and the review itself made it obvious that if we could recruit Inderpal to join the Yale faculty, WGSS would begin its next era with renewed and inspired leadership.  Inderpal’s brave and generous spirit became even more evident when she made the rapid and decisive choice to come to Yale as the first faculty appointment fully situated in the Program, in order to help guide WGSS and its dedicated affiliated faculty into a promising future.  Inderpal was appointed as the chair of WGSS in July 2010 and for four years now has led the Program with boundless energy grounded in a deeply rigorous intellectual base and within the difficult reality of constrained financial times.

WGSS, with Inderpal at the helm, now has two additional faculty positions, a growing number of majors, vibrant programming, and a community of scholars and supporters that spans the entire University.  Although she is stepping down as chair, we are immensely  appreciative that Yale—and WGSS in particular—will continue to benefit from Inderpal’s ever-present optimism, her administrative skills, her diplomatic gifts, her thoughtful leadership, and the intellectual integrity with which she confronts questions and issues about women and gender across the globe. I, personally, have been honored to work with and learn from Inderpal, and I am thankful that as a faculty member dedicated to WGSS, Inderpal will continue to be a beacon of wisdom and leadership to WGSS and the Yale community.  

Emily Bakemeier
Deputy Provost for the Arts and Humanities

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