Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Gender, race, sexuality and social justice is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study that also draws upon several traditional disciplines. It has its own texts, journals, and methodologies. In many disciplines some of the most innovative, scholarly work in theory and research is being done by gender, race, sexuality and social justice specialists, and the interdisciplinary nature of this scholarship is an important feature of its success and promise.

The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC offers courses in an open and mutually supportive atmosphere. The program has more than 90 well-qualified faculty and faculty associates from many departments and programs, whose expertise includes gender and development, critical studies in sexuality, decolonizing and post-colonial methodologies, race, gender and cultural studies (including Asia), critical race theory, gender and Canadian history and literature (in English and French), transgender studies, gender issues in health, and feminist legal studies. The program aims to maintain flexibility to accommodate the needs of individual students.

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The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year standing.


Adit Elizabeth Abit: Bringing an International Perspective to UBC

Adit Elizabeth Abit is the founder of the South Sudan International Youth Ambassadors (SSIYA) organization, and a former scholar through World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – a nonprofit organization that sponsors refugee students at universities throughout the world. Having recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and […]

Theresa Harding: Grassroots Activism Comes Full Circle

Born and raised in Vancouver, Theresa Harding graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and gender, race, sexuality, and social justice (GRSJ) in 2000. While pursuing her degree later in life posed challenges in balancing her duties as a mother and responsibilities as a student, Theresa’s efforts were well worth it.

Shoko Kitano: North Shore Women’s Centre

At a North Shore Women’s Centre Girls Empowerment Camp, Shoko Kitano overheard a girl say that because of the camp, she was able to say ‘no’ to a boy she was interested in who was pressuring her to do things she didn’t want to do sexually and otherwise. She could communicate about why she wasn’t comfortable – she had equipped herself with the knowledge and language to articulate what she was feeling and also to set boundaries. Shoko recounts this as one of the most rewarding moments in her work with the North Shore Women’s Centre.

Lau Mehes: QMUNITY

Lau Mehes’ work is so related to her Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) studies, that she says she feels that her work now as a QMUNITY youth worker is an extension of her major.

Jen Sung: Out in Schools

Public speaker and program coordinator of the Out in Schools program, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ).


The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Rm 1097 Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall
Tel: 604-822-9171

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