Gender Studies (formerly Women’s Studies)
Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the complex interaction of gender with other identity markers such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, and religion. Gender— femininity and masculinity—is such a basic form of social organization that its operation often passes unnoticed. Feminist scholarship demonstrates that traditional categories used for social analysis and their accompanying interpretive approaches often reinforce gender hierarchies and inequalities.
For more information on the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA, visit their website:http://www.genderstudies.ucla.edu/
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that supports teaching and research on the historical and contemporary experience of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people. The program sponsors courses, offers an undergraduate minor, organizes lecture series, facilitates the study of minority sexualities and genders in the broadest interdisciplinary context, and tries to bring together interested students, faculty, and members of the larger Los Angeles community.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Campus Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services and works to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, queer, questioning, and same-gender-loving students, faculty, and staff, their families and friends, and the entire campus community.
Ethnic Studies Centers
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies supports research that expands the knowledge of the history, lifestyles, and sociocultural systems of people of African descent and investigates problems that have bearing on the psychological, social, and economic well-being of persons of African descent.
Chicano Studies Research Center serves the entire campus and supports faculty and students in the social sciences, life sciences, humanities, and the professional schools. Its research addresses the growing Chicano and Latino population.
Asian American Studies Center was established during the 1969–1970 academic year to “enrich the experience of the entire university by contributing to an understanding of the long-neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans in our society.”
American Indian Studies Center acts as a focal point for scholars, staff, students, and community members who are interested in research, education, and issues about Native Americans.
Center for Southeast Asian Studies promotes independent research and innovative teaching about the histories, languages, societies, and cultures of Southeast Asia and its peoples. To this end, it supports expanded course offerings, hosts visiting scholars and researchers, presents public lectures and cultural programs, organizes conferences and symposia, contributes to the development of library holdings and services, supports undergraduate and graduate study, conducts outreach and teacher-training programs, and builds partnerships with organizations in the local Southeast Asian community and beyond.
Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics explores the important role that race and ethnicity play in modern societies. The Center seeks to examine race and ethnicity at the local level, at the international level, and comparatively. In order to accomplish this, the Center supports outside speakers and brings together faculty, students, and community members in Los Angeles who are interested in the topic.
Diversity and Campus Climate