Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Women and Gender Studies Program and Center comprise an integrated unit designed to provide opportunities for intellectual, personal, and social inquiry and interrogation related to sex; gender; gender identity/expression; sexuality; intersections with race, ethnicity, class, (dis) ability, age, nationality, immigration and citizenship status, and religion, through feminist, queer and multiracial lenses, with a focus on global and transnational issues and public policy.

 The program and center meet this mission through:

  • Academic coursework, research, academic resources, and certifications
  • Opportunities for student development and co-curricular programming and a space for safe personal inquiry

 Specifically, the mission of Women and Gender Studies is to:

  •  Provide an explicitly feminist/queer/multiracial framework/lens for academics, research and student development
  • Understand and interrogate systems of power and inequality as they shape all aspects of life: political, social, economic, the arts, humanities, personal
  •  Promote a climate for understanding and appreciating differences that leads to valuing the contributions of everyone
  •  Prepare students to become good global citizens and ethical and socially conscious leaders of the 21st Century
  •  Create opportunities for collaboration and community engagement (service learning, internships, civic engagement)
  •  Develop research and critical thinking and writing skills
  •  Connect student interests and passions with career opportunities and life long learning
  •  Serve as an educational resource to the wider Mason campus through activities that highlight issues of women, gender, sexuality and identity.



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