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Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies is to create committed communities that address the challenges faced in the areas of gender, sexuality, diversity, and equity. We recognize that ending gender discrimination requires ending the related discriminations against disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. We foster communities of scholars, teachers and advocates inside and outside The University of Texas at Austin through:

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Social advocacy
  • Community partnerships

Established in 1979 by faculty B.J. Fernea and Betty Sue Flowers, the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) has grown to include an undergraduate degree program, LGBTQ undergraduate certificate program, a master’s degree program, two dual master’s degree programs with the School of Information and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a graduate portfolio program for master’s students and doctoral students.

CWGS is dedicated to closing the leadership gap through a variety of initiatives that:

  • Promote groundbreaking interdisciplinary research in the study of women and gender
  • Support undergraduate women students in their pursuit of leadership
  • Assist women faculty so that they may succeed in their chosen fields and serve as mentors and role models for their students.

In support of our mission, CWGS works closely with other interdisciplinary programs and research centers on campus. We generate interdisciplinary educational spaces for faculty, students, and community members to create alliances across difference and together to imagine new possibilities.
Four core projects enact this practice:

We thank you for visiting our web pages and invite you to learn more about CWGS and Women’s & Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Susan Henizelman, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Women’s & Gender Studies
Associate Professor, Department of English and Center for Women’s & Gender Studies


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    Burdine Hall 536
    2505 University Avenue, A4900
    Austin, Texas 78712
    512-471-5765