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School of Gender, Race and Nations


The School of Gender, Race and Nations (SGRN) completed its three-year pilot phase (AY12-14). Our action plan for the SGRN was designed for us to work on several fronts simultaneously:

  • Create and offer new undergraduate course offerings;
  • Build a graduate certificate program (curriculum development);
  • Develop best possible SGRN governance structure via site visits and/or external consultants;
  • Establish a working Executive Committee for the SGRN Initiative to oversee curriculum, personnel, and extracurricular and research activities for the four units; and
  • With support from the CLAS Dean's Office, develop a sustainable budget for the establishment the School of Gender, Race, and Nations.

The SGRN was approved by the PSU Faculty Senate and Office Academic Affairs in February 2015.

  • We will launch the SGRN graduate certificate Fall 2015; and
  • We will continue to offer the team-taught undergraduate course once each academic year.

    As the school is established, we plan to expand our efforts to:

    • Develop faculty research groups to expand collaborative research and grant activities; 
    • Reach out to other PSU faculty to join our work;
    • Develop faculty hiring initiative in collaboration with the Dean of CLAS;
    • Offer SGRN Summer Institute on social justice; and
    • Network with regional and national organizations on topics related to our mission.

    Together these actions lay the groundwork for the tangible development of SGRN and the formal establishment of the graduate program and research center.

    The proposal to establish a School of Gender, Race, and Nation is visionary, creative and has the potential to develop leaders who understand the importance of viewing higher education from a global perspective. The integration of epistemologies or ways of knowing from a wide variety of perspectives, including Indigenous Nation Studies, will add strength to teaching and research opportunities for faculty and students....[T]his new school ...will put Portland State University in the forefront of strong academic programs from a world view of gender, race, and Nation building.

    -- John W. Tippeconnic, III
    Professor and Director, American Indian Studies, Arizona State University

    The creation of a School of Gender, Race and Nations would position PSU to provide intellectual leadership on some of the most intransigent issues that continue to plague us in the 21st Century--growing inequalities, as well as life-constraining racism, sexism and homophobia.  [The faculty] should be lauded for envisioning such a bold and rich intellectual initiative.

    -- Mary E. Hawkesworth
    Professor, Political Science & WGS, Rutgers University
    and former editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

    The proposal to establish a School of Gender, Race and Nation is a brilliant response to the challenges facing Higher Education today.

    -- Mary Margaret Fonow
    Director of the School of Transformation, Arizona State University