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COVID-19 Response

We know that this is a very difficult time for many of you and we are dedicated to ensuring your academic success. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors or our department at for assistance. For additional information on student resources available during COVID-19 visit our Student Resources page.

Department Overview

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.

Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers students:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
  • Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
  • Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.

Caribbean Women Healers Project announces trilingual conversation – October 14, 3:00 pm

“Native American and Afro-Diasporic Traditional Healers and Elders: Perspectives on COVID” on October 14, 3:00 pm/PST on Zoom with Caribbean Women Healers Project

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Congratulations to WGSS Professor Judith Raiskin for Herman Award, Faculty Research Mentor Award and Williams Fund Award

Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy

Faculty Research Mentor Award from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement

Williams Fund Award for Eugene Lesbian History Project

Professor Raiskin’s work in the College of Arts and Sciences is around post-colonial literature and cultural studies, and focuses on gender and comparative feminist theory,


Professor Ana Lara and Professor Alai Reyes Stantos launch Digital Humanities Project – Caribbean Women Healers: Digital Scholarship Team Site

About the Digital Humanities Project

Caribbean Women Healers: Decolonizing Knowledge Within Afro-Indigenous Traditions is a collaborative research project developed by Professor Ana-Maurine Lara (Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Professor Alaí Reyes Santos (Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies). Since 2016 they have conducted ethnographic research with women healers in the Caribbean and the quickly expanding Caribbean diaspora in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Their research contributes to existing