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Gender, Humanities and Ethnic Studies Commons


In fall 2009 the new Gender, Humanities and Ethnic Studies Center (GHES Center) was established to create a common area for students interested or involved in these programs.

The Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies Programs and the Pacific Humanities Center have often collaborated on cultural and social issues events, such as the Gender, Race and Space Conference, and this combined Center further promotes their ability to share ideas and work together.

The GHES Center is staffed by students Monday through Friday. It is located on the first floor of the Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) building, and is open to all who wish to drop by for conversation and coffee, to learn more about the programs it supports, or to simply relax.

The Gender Studies Program holds its faculty research presentations in the center, and students are welcome to use it for student club meetings.


Monday, Wednesday: 11:00 - 3:00
Tuesday: 12:00 - 3:00
Friday: 11:00 - 2:00

Gender Studies Program

The Gender Studies Program involves a variety of courses in different disciplines—art history, biology, classics, English, French, history, psychology, religion, sociology and sport sciences—dealing with issues of gender. Students can earn a minor in Gender Studies and also have the option to work on a self-designed major in consultation with their faculty adviser(s) and the Director of the Gender Studies Program.

Dr. Traci Roberts Camps

Email Link for Dr. Gesine Gerhard Dr. Traci Roberts-Camps, Director of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Film

Ethnic Studies Program

The Ethnic Studies Program offers a minor that incorporates courses from various departments and schools across the University. The Ethnic Studies curriculum provides students with multiple models of critical theories and methodologies for examining the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, culture and class.

Dr. Xiaojing Zhou

Email Link for Dr. Xiaojing Zhou Dr. Xiaojing Zhou, Director of Ethnic Studies and Professor of English

Pacific Humanities Center

The Humanities Center is a compilation of ten disciplines: art and art history, English, film studies, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, religious studies, theater arts, and various student organizations. Through the Center, students can participate in various student-planned events, ranging from monthly coffee houses to film festivals to a visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and much more.

Dr. Macelle Mahala

Email Link for Dr. Xiaojing Zhou Dr. Macelle Mahala, Director of the Pacific Humanities Center and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts