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 Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Designation

Patti Renda
WGSS Coordinator; Associate Professor English, Literature, & Humanities

WGSS Designation Mission

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Designation seeks to radically improve equity and social justice for all people by analyzing and interrogating ideology, power structures, and oppression through intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ lenses. The program applies an intersectional, interdisciplinary, and inclusive framework to its coursework, pedagogy, and praxis; values diverse modes of intellectual development and knowledge generation; and promotes community development through education, art, dialogue, service, activism, and engagement.​                 

WGSS Designation Goals 

The goals of the WGSS Designation are to:                                

  ​   Equip students with knowledge and skills from an intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ perspective to radically improve equity and social justice for all people                               

     Foster a culture of regular, meaningful civic engagement grounded in an intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ research and theory                                

     Provide active learning opportunities that are grounded in intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ pedagogies                                

     Introduce academic intersectional feminist and queer discourses on the construction of sex, gender, and sexual orientation and the consequences of those constructions                               

     Analyze and interrogate ideology, power structures, and oppression through intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ lenses                                              

WGSS Program Learning Outcomes

Students earning the WGSS designation will be able to:                                

  1. Communicate intersectional feminist and queer concepts through writing, speech, and/or visual media 
  2. Apply intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ ideas to diverse contexts
  3. Analyze systems of privilege and oppression using intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ lenses
  4. Connect intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ concepts across disciplines and historical periods 
  5. Perform praxis grounded in intersectional feminist and LGBTQ+ frame​​​
 

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