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! 

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 June Larkin TA Award

Funds raised in honor of Dr. June Larkin will go towards establishing The June Larkin TA Award.

The June Larkin TA award will recognize outstanding graduate student contributions to undergraduate teaching and mentorship demonstrated through creative approaches to teaching and student engagement. The award is named for Dr. June Larkin in recognition of her invaluable contributions to the training and mentoring of Teaching Assistants at WGSI over two decades. The selection criteria thus reflect some of the practices and priorities that made Dr. Larkin an exceptional teacher, including her efforts to make WGSI’s intellectual priorities foundational to undergraduate teaching and her deep commitments to pedagogical innovation and knowledge translation.

Women & Gender Studies Institute will match donations up to $25,000.

Brianna O’Connor Hersey Scholarship

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.

Read more about Brianna O’Connor Hersey and this scholarship here.

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 or 416-978-1844.