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Program Mission & Goals


Mission Statement

Women and Gender Studies at Nazareth College provides a broad-based community for interdisciplinary scholarship and inquiry focusing on women, gender, and sexualities.  The program critically examines historical and contemporary representations of femininity and masculinity across cultures and contexts. Drawing from intersectional and transnational feminist theoretical frameworks, Women and Gender Studies analyzes gender as an organizing factor in social, political, and familial institutions and policy. Continuing in the field's activist tradition, our program addresses gender-specific social injustices and strives to initiate social change from local and global perspectives.

Academic Goals

The academic purposes of the Women and Gender Studies Program are:

  • to offer an interdisciplinary academic program that is relevant for all Nazareth students.
  • to develop critical thinking skills and a greater understanding of the ways in which gender power, privilege and oppression affects the lives, choices and rights of women.
  • to foster a greater appreciation of how social justice is a crucial element of academic, professional and socio-political pursuits.

Campus Community Goals

The purposes of the Women and Gender Studies Program for the campus community are:

  • to organize and support events and activities that are open to all members of the Nazareth College community.
  • to raise awareness of women's rights through advocacy and social and political action.
  • to increase the visibility of women-centered speakers, community service activities and performances.
  • to actively partner with other programs, departments and groups in order to develop campus events that reflect and honor the perspectives of women.

Program Objectives

To support the aforementioned academic and campus-community goals, the program objectives are:

  • to strengthen cross disciplinary, scholarly and creative activities, including courses and events that make clear that gender identity is central to human identity.
  • to encourage collaborative student and faculty research that fosters student development and deconstructs traditional pedagogical paradigms.
  • to provide a safe space for critical reflection on the interplay between students' own lives, scholarly issues, politics and the world at large.
  • to support all students at Nazareth College, especially women and members of other marginalized groups, to reach their full academic, personal and professional potential.
  • to advocate for a campus climate that is supportive to all.
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