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School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice


We are living in unprecedented times. The global COVID-19 pandemic, the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matters protests and advocacy for social justice that have followed, the many wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that increasingly have become the norm rather than the anomaly, have exposed the impact of interlocking systems of racism, inequality, and oppression, throughout American society. Advances in technology and increased globalization and migration are changing all aspects of our lives and the way we understand and interact with the world.

These dynamic changes will require graduates who are able to understand and solve complex social and cultural problems and who understand the world through an interdisciplinary lens. Graduates who possess the increasingly essential jobs skills of innovation, creativity, and cultural competence. The degree programs, classes, and extracurricular opportunities offered through the School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice provide students with a wealth of unique opportunities to develop and apply the important skills necessary to understand both today’s and tomorrow’s complex social issues and to be leaders and problem solvers regarding the same.

The SCGSJ Honors Its 2021 Graduates!


Please click here for profiles of recent SCGSJ graduates.

Black Studies Center Cultural Competent Summer Series



Please join us for a 5-part book study from July 8--August 5, 2021.

To join this courageous conversation, contact Benjamin Herdt at



SCGSJ Transformative Initiatives

  • Black Studies Center

    UW Black Studies Center
    The UW Black Studies Center (UWBSC) spotlights the truth that advancing the precise histories of black people contributes to the University of Wyoming's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. The UWBSC strives to become a model that places Black Studies in rural areas at the forefront of the conceptualizations of race. By engendering a more robust understanding of Black Studies, the UWBSC seeks to enhance the visibility and relevance of Black Studies and its capacity to directly impact contemporary social issues that plague America and the greater global community. Click here for more information.
  • Rural Social Justice Center

    Rural Social Justice Center
    Building on its strong interdisciplinary tradition and unique positionality as part of the School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice at the University of Wyoming, the Rural Social Justice Center brings together scholarship, research, and creative endeavors, community education, engagement, and activism centered on rural spaces and rural issues in order to further understanding and develop solutions to today’s most pressing social justice problems and to engender positive, transformative, change.
  • Community Conversations Speaker Series

    Community Conversations Speaker Series
    The SCGSJ Community Conversations Speaker Series seeks to provide opportunities for dialogue and education related to issues of culture, gender, and social justice. With an emphasis on fosetering community, and a focus on research and scholarship, the Community Conversations Speaker Series encourages robust discussion and collaboration, while providing education on a range of issues, in a format open to anyone wishing to learn.

Spring 2021 Course Highlights

As we enter into 2021, the many social justice issues that 2020 brought to the fore are still prevalent in American society and need solutions. From racial injustice, to gender and identity equality, to health care and economic disparity, and everything in between, the world is rife with social justice issues that need creative, thoughtful, people well-prepared to develop solutions. In any given semester, the School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice offers a range of courses that not only help students understand these complex social phenomena but help students develop skills and abilities that enable them to be agents for transformative, positive change. Whether you are looking to better understand the many social justice issues you see in the news each day, or are looking for ways to make a difference, the SCGSJ offers a range of classes for those interested in social justice.

Mission & Purpose



Mission Statement

The School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice (SCGSJ) provides a robust, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education that is informed by the historical, social, political, and cultural forces that shape society. Unique in its hands-on, practical approach, the SCGSJ enables students to understand complex social problems in a way that prepares them to be real-world problem solvers. Upon graduation, SCGSJ students are ready to advocate for justice, capable of developing innovative solutions to society’s most difficult problems, and prepared to do transformative, collaborative, work in any field they choose. 

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