Welcome to WGSI

For the past 40 years, WGSI has trained students to think about the entanglements of gender, race and sexuality. Our teaching and research is distinctive for its transnational feminist approach, critically addressing how national borders, colonialisms, labour, and migration shape life, knowledge, and politics.

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

Updated 15 July 2020: Following COVID-19 regulations, University of Toronto and WGSI department offices are physically closed. Staff and administration are working remotely during regular office hours and can be contacted via email.

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Featured profile

Nikoli Attai

Nikoli Attai came to the Women & Gender Studies Institute in the Faculty of Arts & Science from Trinidad and Tobago in hopes of giving queer Caribbean people a stronger voice.

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Our graduates go on to do innovative work in the public service, creative, and corporate sectors, becoming everything from documentary film-makers to grassroots activists to policy analysts in economic development agencies.

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The WGSI graduate program offers its own M.A. degree, Collaborative M.A. and Ph.D. Specialization with many other departments, and a Ph.D. degree.

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From postcolonial studies to environmental politics to militarism to queer cultures to critical development studies to health activism– our 14 core faculty and over 40 affiliated faculty offer students opportunities to critically explore how gender and sexuality shape interconnected worlds.

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Health & Wellness Resources

At WGSI we recognize there are many pressures and factors that inform your experience as students at the University of Toronto. Here is a list of on- and off-campus resources to help you navigate your time with us.

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We are proud of the growth, caliber and reputation of our programs, and the contributions our faculty, students and alumni are making to build inclusive, equitable and just societies.

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