The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies educates about issues of gender and sexuality, promotes interdisciplinary research and intersectional analysis related to gender and sexuality, and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion to empower our students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.
The Sarah Isom Center performs both academic and service functions. It is dedicated to promoting research and scholarship about women and gender by developing a multidisciplinary program of study that will help students appreciate the special concerns, contributions, and perspectives of women and men. These studies include an analysis of how gender intersects with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, nationality, and ability. The Center coordinates the minor in gender studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies.
The Sarah Isom Center also expresses its commitment to gender and women’s studies by reaching out to the community through a variety of programs and services.These include brown bag talks and forums during the semester and the annual Lucy Somerville Howorth Lecture in Women’s Studies. The Center also sponsors an annual Isom Student Gender Conference and events for Women’s History and Sexual Assault Awareness Months. Please see “Events” on this web site for details. Located in 002 Lyceum, the Center offers students, faculty, staff, and visitors a gathering place, as well as an atmosphere of mutual encouragement and support for women of all ages and backgrounds and for organizations concerned with gender issues, equity, and justice.