The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

News and Announcements

Understanding Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Healthcare Perspective

An Educational Summit
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Hilton UF Conference Center

Understanding Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Healthcare Perspective is the first annual educational summit intended to provide healthcare professionals with a better understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-heterosexual, and transgender populations. The goal of the conference is to provide information to create a climate of inclusivity and openness in healthcare settings and to increase healthcare providers' knowledge of health disparities. 

Target audience: Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, researchers, educators, social workers, mental health professionals, healthcare administrators, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, and students from across Florida. 

Sponsored by Suwannee River AHEC, Well Florida Council, CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services, UF LGBT Affairs, LGBT Health, United Church of Gainesville, National Coalition for LGBT Health, DMD Training, Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, Jennifer Birmingham PA, and UF Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Registration Fees: Registration fee of $75 includes all sessions, lunch, snack, professional networking, & continuing education credit. For more information on the conference and registration visit  http://www.stellaredsolutions.org/#!blank/cwyo

Pushing Boundaries: Extending Reach and Amplifying Voice

A Conference
Saturday, March 19th, 2016
University Auditorium

The Florida Society of the Social Sciences invites you to present your paper or poster at the 10th Annual Conference of the Social Sciences. The conference, themed “Pushing Boundaries: Extending Reach and Amplifying Voice” will be held at the University Auditorium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

This is an interdisciplinary conference that provides graduate and undergraduate students from diverse fields of the social sciences/SBE/Humanities and other related topics the opportunity to showcase their research in a collegiate environment and to network with other social science students, faculty, and/or researchers. Co-sponsored by the UF Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, among others (see flyer).

Submission Guidelines
All undergraduate and graduate social science students are eligible to submit abstracts. Submit 250-word abstracts for paper and poster presentations to sgolditch@ufl.edu. Please make sure the following list of information is included before your abstract: title of abstract or poster, presenter’s name, presenter’s affiliation, contact information.

When submitting your abstract, please email the submission as an attachment and put "CSS Paper Submission" or "CSS Poster Submission" with your initials in the subject line of the email. The deadline to submit an abstract is February 14th, 2016 We encourage early submissions. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our executive team at sgolditch@ufl.edu


Bonnie Moradi, Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) at the University of Florida. She has been an Affiliate faculty member of the CWSGR since she joined UF in 2001.

Dr. Moradi’s research, teaching, and professional service reflect her interest in informing social justice efforts with scientific evidence and informing scientific advancements with social justice considerations. Specifically, Dr. Moradi’s research program focuses on experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and objectification, as well as on collective identity. This research examines the nature of these experiences, their implications for psychosocial functioning such as health and workplace outcomes, and their intersections across minority statuses (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation). This research has garnered funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Palm Center, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award. Similarly, Dr. Moradi teaches psychological theory and research on how diversity and sociocultural privilege and oppression manifest in people’s lives (e.g., Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology).

Dr. Moradi is the recipient of national awards including the Association for Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award, and Early Career Awards from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology and its Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues. Dr. Moradi is also the recipient of UF’s Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award and LGBT Community Impact Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. She is currently Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.