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.

WGSI Statement on the CAUT Academic Censure

As of April 22, the University of Toronto has been under censure by the Canadian Association of University Teachers for its “failure to resolve concerns regarding academic freedom stemming from a hiring scandal in the Faculty of Law. CAUT Executive Director David Robinson has said that, ‘When reviewing all the evidence, CAUT Council delegates concluded that the decision to cancel Dr. Valentina Azarova’s hiring was politically motivated, and as such constitutes a serious breach of widely recognized principles of academic freedom… In a close examination of the facts of the case, CAUT Council found it implausible to conclude that the donor’s call did not trigger the subsequent actions resulting in the sudden termination of the hiring process.’ In recent memory CAUT has only imposed censure on a member institution twice – in 1979 and in 2008.”

More information can be found at the detailed document archive compiled by Ultra Vires, the Faculty of Law student newspaper.

In support of academic freedom and integrity (as set out in the University of Toronto’s Statement of Institutional Purpose), WGSI will be honouring the censure as per the suggested guidelines to be found in this living document.

Our weekly WGSI List-Serv will also not be advertising any U of T events that feature external speakers.

For more information on how you can support the censure, please visit: https://censureuoft.ca/home/

To sign up for the WGSI List-Serv please send an e-mail to wgsi.admin@utoronto.ca with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject heading.


For a list of on and off campus health and wellness resources compiled by WGSI faculty, staff and students, click here.


For the Fall Term 2020, WGSI department offices will remain physically closed. Our incredible staff will be working remotely during regular office hours (Mondays – Fridays, 9-5), answering emails and booking appointments if you need to speak with any of us virtually (please note that it helps if you have Microsoft Teams, as this is the easiest way for us to meet). Here’s how to find us online!

Alissa Trotz (Director)
Dina Georgis (Graduate Co-ordinator)
S. Trimble (Undergraduate Co-ordinator)
Paul Tsang (Business Officer)
Marian Reed (Undergraduate & Graduate Administrator)
Joanne Saliba (Administrative Assistant)

  • For up-to-date information on University of Toronto’s COVID-19 guidelines and roadmap for Fall 2020, click here.
  • For SGS (School of Graduate Studies) COVID-19 information and Q&A, click here.


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Upcoming Events

  1. Palestine is a Global Issue

    June 25 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

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Community Roundtable on “Anti-Asian Racism and Intersectional Violence”

March 26 @ 12:00 noon

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PLEASE NOTE:  The webinar is at capacity, so if you are unable to join the webinar, we will be live-streaming on YouTube. Join YouTube livestream.

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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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