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Vision and Mission

The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender and sexualities, their intersections with race/ethnicity, class, and other sociocultural systems, and their functions in cultures and societies. Feminist intersectional and other theoretical approaches and methodologies are employed.

In a regular colloquium series, faculty and invited speakers present their research or creative endeavors to the public. An annual retreat facilitates mentoring and networking for women faculty and professional staff. The Center distributes a semi-annual newsletter and an occasional update focusing on gender studies.

Students may major in Women’s Studies through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BA program has three areas of concentration for students to choose from. A minor in Women’s Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies for master’s and doctoral students is offered in conjunction with degree programs. The Center offers Master of Arts (thesis) and Master of Women’s Studies (non-thesis) degrees.

Vision

  • Our vision is to use the tools of gender, sexualities, and women’s studies research to produce and support scholars, leaders, and social change agents who work collaboratively and build coalitions to advance knowledge, contribute to their communities, and promote equity and opportunity for all members of our global society.

Mission

  • To offer University of Florida students a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To stimulate individual and collaborative research by UF faculty engaged in the study of women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To create contexts in which students and faculty, working together, can foster multi-cultural skills and perspectives related to women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To share the benefits of our research and knowledge for the public good, furnish services related to gender issues to the local community as well as to the State of Florida, and to increase national and international collaboration on issues pertaining to women, gender, and sexualities.
  • To support a broadly diverse learning and research environment and to increase equity and efficiency in the university community.

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