The School of Gender, Race, and Nations creates new intellectual and community connections among its founding partners—Black Studies; Indigenous Nations Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—to better understand and advocate for historically under-served populations crucial to Oregon’s success.

SGRN is interdisciplinary at its core.

The overarching areas evident in the school's name feature the rich constellation of interlocking and challenging factors key to understanding our society and making changes for a more socially just future

What people are saying about the establishment of the School of Gender, Race & Nations

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

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


Cluster hire in School of Gender, Race and Nations represents…

Portland was thrust into the national spotlight this summer for its nightly protests, but resistance and activism have long been a part of the region whose history is rife…
Read more about Cluster hire in School of Gender, Race and Nations represents transformative moment in PSU's history
Need Assistance? Connect to our virtual reception desk.



COVID-19 Update: Our reception desk in Parkmill 150 is physically closed, but we are still here to help you. You can stop by our Virtual Front Desk on Zoom, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

** Please note that we will be closed from March 19th-28th to allow our staff to observe spring break and practice self-care.**