The mission of the Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Unit (WGSIU) is to promote scholarship, teaching, and awareness of issues related to women, gender, and sexuality among faculty, staff, and students at SUNY Buffalo State. As a unit, we strive to create a diverse and representative community of individuals who share a common interest in gender, sexuality, and women’s issues and engage in related activities, ranging from scholarship to pedagogy to activism. We seek to generate interest, enthusiasm, greater knowledge, and deeper understanding of gender-relevant issues faced by all people, nationally, internationally, and across time, as well as to increase awareness of the ways that gender intersects with other forms of diversity, such as race, class, and culture. We recognize historical and contemporary issues relating specifically to women, issues related to gender and sexuality faced by men and individuals with other gender identifications, and the broader, evolving, and transforming field of gender-based inquiry.
To fulfill this mission, we engage in the following activities:
Administering the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) minor for students and promoting teaching and academic opportunities related to women, gender, and sexuality.
Encouraging and providing a supportive environment for research, scholarship, and creative work that examines issues related to women, gender, and sexuality.
Promoting campus activities that provide information and raise consciousness about women’s issues, gender, and sexuality as important forms of diversity.
Promoting a supportive campus-wide environment for the recognition, discussion, and advancement of issues related to women, gender, and sexuality.
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