The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

News and Announcement

The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality

A Lecture by Suzanna Danuta Walters
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 3:30pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality (NYU Press) calls to question the emerging dominant narrative that asserts a new era of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB) equality and tolerance is at hand. As press coverage of her book explains, from Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, argues author Suzanna Walters, and this seemingly brave new world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, the plea for tolerance has sabotaged the full integration of gays into American life.

Sponsored by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yavitz Fund), the Department of Political Science, and the Department of English. Reception will follow lecture.

Dinner and a Movie!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 6:00pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

The first CWSGR Feminist Movie Night will be held on Thursday, October 15th in the Ustler Hall Atrium (2nd floor). We will be screening the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., which offers a critical perspective on the pervasive “pink” marketing culture associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Léa Pool, the film features interviews with medical experts as well as women living with breast cancer, and it encourages the viewer to “Think before you pink.”

Join us at 6 p.m. for a free light dinner. The screening will be 6:30-8:10. Discussion until 8:30 for those who want to stay. The event is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available in the O’Connell Center lot just on the other side of the stadium from Ustler Hall. Need accessible parking closer by? Please let us know. We hope to see you there!RSVP via our Doodle poll by 10/12 to help us plan the food order. If you have any additional questions, please contact tuckey@ufl.edu.Feminist Movie Night is made possible by the generous Vada  A. Yeomans endowment.

Celebrating Women in Architecture

Fall Lecture Series
September 10th-November 13th
UF School of Architecture Gallery
1480 Inner Road

Architecture is experiencing this phenomenon. Somewhere between getting their degrees and getting their licenses, nearly 32 percent of women graduates leave the architecture field. This gender imbalance affects not only women, but the profession as a whole and the global community that is impacted by human design, construction and planning.To address this issue, DCP will host its first ever “Celebrating Women in Architecture” lecture series, highlighting achievements by renowned women architects and celebrating female leadership in the field.

The series is sponsored by the Architecture Department, DCP, the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, as well as the following UF student organizations: the American Institute of Architecture Students, the National Organization of Minority Students and the National Association of Women in Construction. Please click on this link for more information.

Bonnie Moradi, Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) at the University of Florida. She has been an Affiliate faculty member of the CWSGR since she joined UF in 2001.

Dr. Moradi’s research, teaching, and professional service reflect her interest in informing social justice efforts with scientific evidence and informing scientific advancements with social justice considerations. Specifically, Dr. Moradi’s research program focuses on experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and objectification, as well as on collective identity. This research examines the nature of these experiences, their implications for psychosocial functioning such as health and workplace outcomes, and their intersections across minority statuses (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation). This research has garnered funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Palm Center, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award. Similarly, Dr. Moradi teaches psychological theory and research on how diversity and sociocultural privilege and oppression manifest in people’s lives (e.g., Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology).

Dr. Moradi is the recipient of national awards including the Association for Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award, and Early Career Awards from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology and its Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues. Dr. Moradi is also the recipient of UF’s Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award and LGBT Community Impact Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. She is currently Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.