Message from the Director
For more than 30 years, our programs have helped students at Northern develop a better understanding of the role of gender and sexuality in society, economics, and culture. Every year, hundreds of students take our four general education courses, LGBT 350: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; WGST 101: Women, Sex and Gender Today; WGST 201: Gender and Justice in Global Perspectives; and WGST 202: Women and Cultural Expression. A smaller group continues to complete our undergraduate certificates, undergraduate minors, self-designed major, and/or graduate certificates. We take pride in the fact that our students come from departments in every college in the university, and they regularly make us proud by publishing or giving papers at professional conferences. After they graduate, they go on to careers in teaching, law, public service, business, health care and other fields.
Faculty associates from across the university join our professors in teaching Women’s and Gender and LGBT Studies classes, advising students, offering related campus activities, and serving the public with their extensive knowledge and research. For Women’s History Month in March, we energize the campus with an array of performances, lectures, panels, and other events. We engage local high school girls in our annual conference for young women. Our student interns serve in many communities in Northern Illinois through a variety of public service agencies.
While our primary emphasis is on serving students, we offer networking and support for faculty members as well. We are committed to promoting diversity on campus, and we have close links with such units as Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Presidential Commission on Sexuality and Gender Identity, and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. We are also actively engaged in increasing the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as other fields in which women are under-represented.
Kristen Myers, Ph.D.
Director/Presidential Teaching Professor
Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Department of Sociology
On sabbatical fall 2017
Reavis Hall, Room 103