Gender, Difference, & Diversity

The CWC’s education, advocacy, and research efforts are grounded in an intersectional approach. That is, we seek to raise awareness of the ways in which gender intersects with other aspects of our identities–such as race, class, sexual orientation, age, and ability–and to advocate for the social and political changes necessary to overcome systematic social inequality.

We support the university’s Diversity Plan and strive to put into practice all five of its goals, especially:

Goal 3: Make high quality diversity education, orientation, and training available to all members of the university community.

We are a member of the Diversity Education Team, organized by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. This group provides training and education on issues related to equity and inclusivity and facilitates Diversity 101 and 201 trainings.

Center staff have been members of the Chancellor’s Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, the Cultural Heritage and Celebration Committee, and the planning committees for the Sites of Struggle symposium and the periodic Women of Color in the Academy gatherings.

We host a range of educational programs and events on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Goal 4: Create and sustain a climate in which respectful discussions of diversity are encouraged and there exists leadership in creating opportunities for interaction and cross group learning.

We were part of the coalition advocating for a university policy on the use of  gender inclusive language (pdf), and we continue to work for full implementation of this policy.

In addition to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, we enjoy close collaborative relationships with other units across campus who focus on identity issues. We partner on programs and initiatives throughout the academic year with our allies from the LGBTQ Center, Institute for African American Research, the American Indian Center, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the area studies centers in the Global Education Center, Women’s StudiesSexuality Studies, and African and Afro-American Studies, among others.