Women's and Gender Studies

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Both in the classroom and through their research, Women's and Gender Studies faculty employ various critical approaches and disciplinary specialties to explore gender and sexuality, paying particular attention to how those constructs are affected by race, religion, class, and nationality. We aim to teach students to think critically about how cultures construct and police gender and sexuality, and to recognize the consequences - both empowering and restrictive - of gender roles in our own urban environment and in communities around the world. We strive through critical and collegial collaboration to conduct meaningful research and produce significant arguments that will alleviate oppression and facilitate intercultural and cross-cultural communication about gender and sexuality. We aim to foster a strong relationship between the College of Liberal Arts and the local community through community outreach initiatives and colloquiums on topics important to local women. We seek to empower our students and ourselves to become positive agents of change wherever people are oppressed based on sex, gender, or sexuality. 

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