Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that recognizes excellence in research, teaching, and service in three important ways:
- Intersectionality, an analysis of the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation.
- Interdisciplinarity, or skillful integration of methods from different disciplines.
- Social Justice, a commitment to dismantling sexism, racism, classism, and other oppressive practices in our research, teaching, and service to different communities.
We adopted the following Mission Statement in 2002:
Studies at the University at Albany has as its mission feminist
undergraduate and graduate education and research for social
justice. We seek to connect our work as academics with the social
and political world outside the university; to educate our students
about social inequalities that result from sexism, racism, classism,
heterosexism, and ethnocentrism; and to link
knowledge, research, teaching, and activism. We seek to engage
students in the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges
from feminist perspectives on culture and society; on literature
and the arts; on history, law, and public policy; on sociology,
anthropology, and the social sciences; on area and ethnic studies;
and on health, science, and technology; and
that closes gaps in traditional higher education resulting from
the exclusion of women and other marginalized groups. We seek
to provide students with the analytic competency that results
from engagement with a curriculum focused on the intersections
of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nation and
that promotes responsible citizenship in a diverse global environment.
We seek to empower students through a feminist critique of social,
cultural, and institutional structures that enables them to think
more critically about their own lives and that inspires them
to work as active citizens for social justice.