Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University relies on multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, particularly as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, culture, religion, nation, and ability.

Our program emphasizes academic excellence, the use of feminist and anti-racist pedagogies, and scholarship that contributes to social change and justice. We are committed to challenging all forms of oppression, and we center queer, transnational, and women of color feminisms in our curriculum. We encourage creative, innovative, and collaborative frameworks of study, and we work to meet the needs of a wide range of students, developing curriculum that is meaningful for students who wish to pursue careers in academia, as well as those who may be interested in community organizing, feminist nonprofit work, and/or other professional areas. 

Message from Dr. Mehra Shirazi, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University

Dear undergraduate WGSS/ QS community,  

I want to begin by making sure that you are all staying safe and taking care of yourselves. This tumultuous time has really impacted our lives in unprecedented ways and right now many of you are grappling with a lot of things.

As the director of the  WGSS undergraduate studies, I hope to relay that our entire WGSS/QS community are here to support you. I understand that this chaotic time will impact our community in a variety of ways, thus we want to stress that our priority is making sure that as individuals you are cared for and feel supported, especially considering the financial, physical, mental, social, and other burdens that we may feel.

Yes, it is important that we do our best to make sure that as students you are able to be present and benefit from your courses, however, I want to reiterate that our number one priority is that you are well and safe and that we care and are kind to one another. We may be distant physically, but it is my hope that we practice social collaboration and solidarity to achieve this as our values and actions should reflect our goal to minimize our impacts on weak systems and to protect our vulnerable. 

For advising or any kind of support you can contact any of the following for help:

  • Kryn Freehling-Burton, Ecampus Coordinator: Kryn.Freehling-Burton@oregonstate.edu
  • Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill, Director of Graduate Studies; Queer Studies Coordinator: Qwo-Li.Driskill@oregonstate.edu

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help as much as I can.

In community,

Mehra Shirazi, WGSS Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mehra.Shirazi@oregonstate.edu 

The Home of Feminist Formations

Feminist Formations, a leading journal for innovative work in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.  The journal brings together cutting-edge academic and poetic voices. Issues are published three times a year in spring, fall, and winter.

Feminist Formations seeks robust feminist scholarship, visual art, and poetry that can inspire incisive and politically meaningful analyses and action. Currently based in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, the editorial team is dedicated to creating an interdisciplinary space of critical inquiry, compassionate response, and feminist praxis.

For More Information, Please Contact our WGSS Advisors

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