Our mission is to think critically about the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and other hierarchies; to understand history, culture and society from a range of perspectives, including those emanating from individuals and communities whose stories and lives have been marginalized; to advocate for human rights and social and environmental justice; and to develop consciousness about multiethnic and gender issues locally, domestically, globally and transnationally. Ultimately, our vision is to develop skills to shape our collective future in ways that foster diversity and equity.
Dr. Stephany Rose
Director, Women's and Ethnic Studies
- Interdisciplinary approach: understanding history, culture and society from a range of perspectives, including those emanating from communities whose stories and lives have been marginalized.
- Scholarly sophistication: writing autobiographical, analytical, and research papers; creating artistic work; and expressing oneself with clarity and confidence.
- Developing knowledge: becoming well versed in the rapidly increasing scholarship on women and racial/ethnic groups with special focus on transnational studies; literary and artistic achievements; historical, social, political and economic conditions; and families and communities.
- Engaged teaching and learning: excelling in classes that allow students to claim an education that values their contributions, and that challenge and spark students’ intellectual imaginations.
- Community: developing a sense of belonging to an intellectual field and community that is innovative, multiracial, and inclusive; learning to work with integrity and openness with people from diverse backgrounds; building bridges across race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, age, disability, and religion and apply this knowledge to other disciplines and communities; and to see a link between theory and practice.
- Social change: to develop skills to shape our collective future in ways that foster diversity and equity. To gain the preparation needed to earn graduate degrees and/or gain employment in WEST-related fields, and to work with people from a range of backgrounds.