Department of Ethnic, Gender and Women's Studies

Mission of the Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies


We engage students, faculty and the broader community on issues concerning racial, ethnic and gender identities as well as contemporary issues affecting these groups.

Students learn how activism for social justice contributes to the elimination of oppression. Student acquire tools that empower themselves and their communities.


Our multidisciplinary programs focus on the overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination and disadvantage in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, class and nation. 

Students learn to analyze race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, class and nation in these contexts:

  • Cultural
  • Historical
  • National
  • Global
  • Capitalist
  • Patriarchal
  • Political

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