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The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), in International Studies and Programs (ISP), draws together the strengths of the program in Women, Gender, and Social Justice (WGSJ) in the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) and the College of Social Science (SSC) and the Gender, Development and Globalization Program (GDG) in ISP. These programs have historically looked at gender in the US and in international contexts, respectively. The new center emphasizes women and gender in a global context, with distinctive new programs promoting teaching, research, and outreach relevant to 21st century concerns.

The center's Mission Statement describes its purpose as follows:

The Center for Gender in Global Context is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, feminist, and women's studies. Its affiliated faculty and students study how women and men from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally. Working in conjunction with the academic colleges, the center promotes outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, facilitates research and scholarship of the highest caliber, and undertakes innovative outreach and active learning initiatives.

In teaching and active learning, the center also works with colleges and departments to provide students with academic and active learning opportunities focused on gender and global change through gender-related degrees, specializations, and minors. In addition, new co-curricular activities will help students develop cultural competencies and global consciousness, including gender-focused internships, research mentoring, and study abroad programs. These and other active learning experiences will deepen students' understandings of gender relations, the cultural and material politics of place, and the relationships between global and local transformations in real-world contexts. Students will be prepared to be socially responsible citizens, professionals, and leaders of the 21st century.

Outreach to Michigan communities, families, and schools will increase knowledge about how local lives are affected by global processes and heighten appreciation for gender, racial, ethnic, sexual identity, and other forms of diversity.

The center concentrates on gender and women's studies through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and trans-cultural approaches. It connects faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, residential colleges, agriculture and natural resources, and professional fields and has support from all associated academic deans. Those affiliated with the center will consider how global flows of ideas, people, trade, and new communication networks are transforming women and men's lives and gender relations, and they will examine how gendered power structures affect processes of globalization. The intersections of gender identities with racial, ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, and other differences will be highlighted in the context of global change.

Anne Ferguson and Lisa Fine, Co-Directors
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