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Explore Gender Issues

The UNC Gender Studies program enables participants, as students and lifelong learners, to investigate gender issues through interdisciplinary approaches. We examine the ways in which race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, age and ability affect how cultures create structures of gender, power and inequality. The program will equip you to understand complexities of identity in the ever-changing context of their personal, political and social lives.

A More Accepting World


Gender Studies offers students the opportunities to explore and understand gender issues, building a more accepting world. Watch this video and learn more about UNC's Gender Studies minor.

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Student Expressions

Using visual and literary art, UNC students express themselves, spark insight and inspire others to build and express understanding and acceptance. Find even more student expressions from the Women's Resource Center newsletter.

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  • Student Artwork
    Eat Me Pretty
Paintings by Elizabeth Kelly

    Eat Me Pretty Paintings by Elizabeth Kelly

    Mind and Body
Art project by Alaina Gist

    Mind and Body Art project by Alaina Gist

    The Woman's Work
Art project by Alaine Gist

    The Woman's Work Art project by Alaine Gist

    Woman with Headphones
Mural by Diane Richards

    Woman with Headphones Mural by Diane Richards

  • "Reflection of 'The Word Love'" by Tyrell Allen

    Reflection of “The Word Love”

    Poem for WS 285 by Tyrell Allen

    I used to write the word “love” with her index finger, exclusively.
    Because she possessed the power to point in the direction of everything good to me.
    She knew best.
    She knew traditions and stories and renditions that crafted my destiny without my consent.
    And this was okay because I trusted she would point me in the right direction.
    Until I found a compass of my own.
    A tool that put so much physical distance between my desire for education and my dedication to family.
    Even though the spiritual distance never changed.

    I used to spell the word “love” with his warmth.
    Because he dressed me in new senses of self seemingly serene.
    And I was happy to pull the letters from his dark blues eyes because I found comfort in them.
    I could see myself.
    But I discovered that this vision was purely one sided because he wasn’t capable of seeing himself in me.
    Unless he was actually in me, on those nights when love and memories and passion and pleasure all collided.
    Collisions conspiring against me, sparking confusion.
    Sparking clouded judgment of what I really wanted.

    I tend to see the word “love” in my dreams and good intentions.
    Because they’re the only things I have left to believe in.
    I am unable to return to sender because my mother knows not who I am anymore.
    “Calcutting” my identity to shreads.
    And he was unable to experience this with me.
    He has internalized all of this to the rim, and refuses to be my refuge.
    I’m seeking surfaces that feel nice to me.              
    Gentle changes in my life that make me happy to be the person I am.
    In honor of the person I’ve always been.

    Love is written by accepting the way things are and growing to be okay with them.
    Love is spelled with images and figures that respect and enjoy the person you are.
    Love is visualized when the methods of writing and spelling the word collide
    And these collisions are anything but cloudy or confusing.
    I can see love again.

  • "Volunteer" by Tyrell Allen

    Volunteer

    Poem for WS 285 by Tyrell Allen

    I volunteer as target.
    The Necessary Target.
    In this multi-world dimension.
    Set up social archery and take your shot where you please because everyone knows there's little space for that otherwise.
    Tell me your truth. Throw drinks back.
    Scream from the top of your lungs, and close the gap between first and third.
    I volunteer as feminist.
    Let my ears give you the space that is often filled only with what men have to say.
    I recognize that.
    I have placed duct tape on my mouth and parchment all over my body
    So take your aim at patriarchy.
    My body is your literary vessel.
    It gives you space for your prose.
    Let us liberate each other from gender lines.
    I volunteer as friend first
    Because your story is one that should only be granted by way of authenticity.
    I should not force it.
    Let's talk about our favorite drinks.
    Our first loves. Our deepest desires. Our foundation.
    I volunteer as ashamed.
    Embarrassed because of my heavy stock in now seemingly trivial matters.
    Embarrassed by my ignorance.
    Embarrassed by my initial lack of willingness to turn “them” into “us”
    Embarrassed by the legacy that members of my gender have created.
    Embarrassed by my fear to take responsibility for them. 
    I volunteer as moved
    Taken by the wind of your journey
    The residual inspiration trickling from your willingness to stand tall and carry on.
    You carry me in your dreams
    You've revolutionized my definition of manhood.
    You've shown me truth.
    So I volunteer as change.
    Let us drink together.
    Let us find our place together.
    And we can talk about the things that should have never happened.
    Let us talk about your agency.
    Put me in my place.
    I volunteer as target.
    It’s necessary.

  • Spoken Poetry by Bianca Phipps

    Click below for videos of Bianca Phipp's powerful slam poetry:

    "Almosts" 

    "The Heartbreaker Poem" 

    "Stay With Me"

  • Student Research

    Read Sarah Blattner’s excellent examination of Czech artist Alphoso Mucha’s portrayal of women at the turn of the century and Sarah's ground-breaking essay on 1970s drag culture in Denver.

    Read Hailey Otis’s fantastic examination of the term, “genderqueer.”

    Read Taylor McGinn’s awesome research on perceptions of same-sex and opposite-sex domestic violence (abstract).

    Read Jared Hudson’s superb essay on portrayals of Black gay men in contemporary film (abstract).

    Read Adrianna Smell’s superb research on how underrepresented students combat biases in higher education (abstract).

    Click here to read Lisha Amin’s terrific research about women’s experiences of their first experiences of sexual intercourse.

News and Announcements

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"Engendering SOcial Change"

We have a new tagline! In Fall 2017, the Gender Studies program sought submissions from students for a new program tagline. Congratulations to Alyson Dodds, who won the contest with the tagline "Engendering Social Change." Alyson was awarded $49 in Bear Bucks for her submission, which is now featured prominently on our website!

chris talbot and alyson dodds 

Join the GRSI Residential Learning Community

Thinking about your housing options for next fall? Consider the Gender, Sexual and Romantic Identities (GSRI) Residential Learning Community! This community engages at UNC engages in open dialogs about identiteies across the spectrums while buidling supportive communities. Students who live in the GSRI community have the option to register to take GNDR 101 - Gender and Society together as a cohort on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 with Dr. Chris Talbot, Gender Studies Coordinator. Use CRN 11693 when registering!

More about the Residential Learning Community 

Bear In Mind: issues of school dress code

In this episode of the UNC Bear in Mind podcast, we hear from Dr. Christine Talbot, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Gender Studies, about the ideas of a dress code and what the means to masculinity, femininity and more.

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Huffington Post India Edition: Issues in Kashmir

Dr. Ather Zia has published several blog articles in the Huffington Post (India) surrounding issues in Kashmir, a focus of Dr. Zia's research.

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Like Us on Facebook

Gender Studies has a Facebook page! Please show your support for our program by liking our page and sharing it with others. Stay tuned for interesting content!

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Join the Gender Studies Club

Students interested in gender studies are invited to join the Gender Studies Club. Contact Chris Talbot or check Facebook for meeting updates!


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Phone: (970) 351-2607 
Fax: (970) 351-2898
Email: Anna Williams, Administrative Assistant

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