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The mission of the Department of Sexuality Studies is to advance multidisciplinary teaching, research and advocacy in sexuality studies, sexual literacy, well-being and social justice. Faculty and students explore processes and variations in sexual cultures, sexual identity and gender role formation, and the social, cultural, historical and ethical foundations of sexuality, intimate relationships and sexual health. The department has a long commitment to community building and focuses on issues of social justice and sexuality, including the impact of factors of social inequality — such as poverty, racism, marriage equality and homophobia — upon sexual well-being and sexual health across the lifespan. This is emphasized through the department's commitment to:

  • Educate the next generation of leaders in research and dissemination of knowledge
  • Excel in teaching graduate and undergraduate students advance quality research on sexuality, gender, and social justice
  • Integrate analyses of race, racism, heterosexism, homophobia, ableism, poverty, and culture into all aspects of our department
  • Advocate for social policy on sexuality, sexual health, sexuality education, and human rights, shaped by social justice and diversity
  • Through these efforts, shape the field of sexuality studies in the 21st century