The Department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Delaware is an interdisciplinary department that provides students with the tools to develop their critical perspectives as scholars and social activists. We teach students to re-examine traditional beliefs and to recognize that all systems of oppression must be examined, whether they concern patriarchy, gender, race, class, ethnicity, age, sexuality, or nationality. Our voices, courses, and writing focus on the complexities and dynamics of intersectional approaches and our calendar and classrooms provide students with resources for examining and identifying pathways to social change.
In the present moment, when we are challenged nearly daily by national and global events to understand the nature of oppression, gender-based violence, and privilege, we find that an ever greater number of students seek out our courses and our faculty to learn more about and debate systems of power that generate blatant sexism, racism, and overt ableism and threaten sexual and gender identity and citizenship status. Through our ability to examine questions using feminist theory and intersectionality, we lead students toward a deeper understanding of how social policies, institutional practices, and cultural, historical, and religious frameworks oppress or privilege certain individuals, types of sexuality, races, social classes, and gender. We share with students and the community beyond our university our approaches to action that envision a more just world. Our department's comprehensive and long-term understanding of domination and power—and our commitment to seeking social, economic, and legal justice—make our faculty and students' voices and perspectives necessary, urgent, and heard widely.
The faculty and students in Women & Gender Studies are feminists, scholars, and activists committed to understanding ways in which systems of inequality are reproduced and maintained, and are equally committed to seeking strategies for building social justice. As you discover our Department and its many offerings and programs, you can learn about the extraordinary engagements, scholarship, solutions, and creativity that reflect what we do and what we care about in Women & Gender Studies—and the enormous contribution that our faculty, students, and partnerships make within and far beyond the University of Delaware.
– Patricia Sloane-White