Women & Gender Studies Institute

Alumni & Friends

Building Inclusive, Equitable and Just Societies

The University of Toronto has one of the most distinguished programs in Women and Gender Studies in Canada.  It was launched in 1971, when Jill Ker Conway and Natalie Zemon Davis offered “The History of Women.”  Today, the Institute’s robust programs encompass undergraduate, master and Ph.D. levels.  This tremendous growth reflects both the burgeoning student demand and the deep societal need for the quality of feminist analysis fostered here that is increasingly essential to understand and redress inequitable social differentiation defined in terms of gender, race, sexuality, ability, class, nationality and citizenship.

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.

Donate: Advancing Women and Gender Studies

We ask the members of our extended community to make WGSI a philanthropic priority.  Every gift at every level can make a difference, and helps us to continue to produce leading scholarship, provide in-depth training for our students and advance community-based feminist work.

Thank you for your support!  To donate to the Women & Gender Studies Institute, please click here.

WGSI Initiative Fund

Addressing the greatest needs identified by the Director, to foster innovative teaching, programming, workshop and conference ideas.

WGSI PhD Student Fund

To attract and retain the brightest Ph.D. students to conduct original research.

Kay Armatage Graduate Women and Gender Studies Entrance Prize

To support an exceptional graduate student entering the collaborative program, named in honour of Professor Kay Armatage.

Margrit Eichler Student Leadership Award

To recognize outstanding leadership among undergraduate and graduate students, named in honour of Professor Margrit Eichler.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to a WGSI PhD student who has completed their first year of study. The scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates resilience and drive, shows strong communication skills, exemplifies creative thinking and methods, connects large and small scale thinking in their research, as well as engages with local or transnational communities in meaningful ways.

For more information about giving to WGSI, including a new named scholarship, please contact:  Heather McLean, Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science at heather.mclean@utoronto.ca or 416-978-1844.

Support and Community

Through named awards and initiatives, we honour our valued community members.

The Hammed Shahidian Legacy Initiative

The Women & Gender Studies Institute is the recipient of the Hammed Shahidian Legacy Initiative Fund.  This generous endowment is dedicated to both a Graduate Award and a Lecture Series in Women and Gender Studies.   The Lecture series will attract some of the world’s finest critical feminist scholars and provide a platform for graduate students to engage in debates and discussions on themes that are particularly relevant to the current condition of women internationally.

Visit the Hammed Shahidian Legacy website for more details.

The Janka Seydegart Scholarship in Feminist Studies

Janka Seydegart dedicated her life and work to social justice for women, and to the love, development and protection of children.  An alumna of the University of Toronto, she worked for many years as a social worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto and served as a Field Instructor for the Faculty of Social Work at the University in the 1960s and 70s.

The Janka Seydegart Scholarship in Feminist Studies was established in 1999.  The graduate scholarship alternates between the Graduate Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies (CWGS) and the Faculty of Social Work, and recognizes Janka’s interest in and commitment to lifelong learning.

The Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award

Established by Keyvan Mahjoor, in memory of his late wife, The Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award will help students in the M.A. or Collaborative M.A. Program who demonstrate financial need.  Preference is given to students who are committed to regional, international, and transnational community-based and social justice themes focused on the Middle East.

Stay Connected! Join our Listserv and Send Updates!

Send Updates:

We are very interested in keeping in touch with our alumni.  Let us know what you are up to.  Send updates and photos to wgsi.admin@utoronto.ca.

Join our Listserv

The WGSI Friends list is used to circulate information about our co-sponsored events, announcements and opportunities relating to Women and Gender Studies.  If you would like to subscribe to our listserv, please send an e-mail to wgsi.admin@utoronto.ca with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject heading.

If you wish unsubscribe from our listserv, please send an email to wgsi.admin@utoronto.ca with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject heading.