College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Women’s & Gender Studies program receives gift

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016

Dr. Edra Bogle of Denton, Texas, has made a nearly half-million-dollar gift to UNI to create the Agathon Fellowship Endowment for graduate assistantships for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender students and others supportive of LGBT issues. The fellowship will be administered by the Women and Gender studies (WGS) program, which is affiliated with the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The gift is part of UNI's “Imagine the Impact” campaign which supports scholarships, faculty, and programs.

Dr. Bogle is an alumna, having attended Iowa State's Teacher's College and receiving her B.A. in 1956. She earned an M.S. degree at Columbia University and a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, and she was a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of North Texas, where she taught for 34 years.

Dr. Bogle’s work as a professor and LGBT activist is supplemented by her abundance of activity in local and state politics in Texas.  Phyllis Baker, WGS director, said, “It seems so very fitting that her hard work will be carried forward in perpetuity in her generous gift to UNI’s LGBT students and to LGBT issues on campus.”

Photo:  UNI President Benjamin Allen (left) is pictured with (left to right) Dr. Edra Bogle; Dr. Phyllis Baker, director of UNI’s Women’s and Gender Studies program; and Dr. Ruth Chananie-Hill, an assistant professor of sociology.