Vision & Mission

WGSS Vision Statement

We advance the field through interdisciplinary research and innovative pedagogies, inspiring a new generation of gender and sexuality scholars and feminist leaders committed to social justice. We strive to be a globally recognized model of excellence in gender, sexuality and feminist scholarship.

WGSS Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is to generate interdisciplinary forms of knowledge about the complex interplay of power and difference, especially as inflected by categories such as gender, sexuality, race, class, age, ability, and nationality, across a vast array of contemporary and historical cultures.  We interrogate the conditions that render specific populations vulnerable to violence in a range of local and transnational contexts. We also study and cultivate strategies of resistance.  To achieve these goals, we foster multiple modes of intellectual inquiry, transformative pedagogies, public engagement and activism. We strive to enhance the Department's national and international leadership role in the growing field of women's, gender and sexuality studies through continued excellence in research, teaching and service.