Since its inception in 2009, the colloquium has served as a forum where speakers, discussants, presenters, panelist and the general audience members can engage in vigorous exchanges centering on gender and gender identity in terms of empowerment and commitment to social justice.
The Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium highlights feminist research and debates challenging Western culture definition of gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female, both grounded in a person's physical anatomy. Through multiple presentations we intend to reach farther into the understanding of biology, gender expression, and gender identity as intersected in a multidimensional array of possibilities.
Since 1994, October is nationally recognized as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) History Month. Keeping with the spirit of this month as an educational platform, we decided to highlight research topics centered around gender & gender identity. Topics from previous colloquiums have included; gender and identity within the media, gender and political activism, cultural construction of gender, psychology of sex roles, and teaching diversity specific to LGBTQ history in the classroom.