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LGBTQ Studies Certificate at UW Oshkosh: Best Practices and Curriculum Building


In 1998, the first LG class was taught at UWO: Gay and Lesbian Literature. The class was full, and students began to seek more like it.  Faculty heard their call, and in 2013, there were enough classes to launch an LGBTQ Studies Certificate housed in Women’s and Gender Studies.  It was the first certificate of its type in the College of Letters and Science.  In the spring of 2014, the first two students to complete the certificate graduated.  At its zenith, the program boasted 30 declared certificate students, and many students across campus were learning about queer and trans people in literature, theory, religion, history, politics, biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and more.  

Recently, the growth of the program has hit an impasse.  While students are still eager to take LGBTQ Studies courses, over the years faculty who taught key courses for the program have left the University.  Currently, there are 10 declared LGBTQ Studies certificate students.  At a time when we have a Rainbow Floor in the Resident Halls for out students and gender neutral restrooms in many of our buildings, our campus resources have grown while our academic resources have shrunk. Those of us who teach in this program are reaching out to you to help revitalized this very timely field of study.  We invite you to incorporate LGBTQIA+ history, culture, and experiences into your current courses or to create new ones in order to offer them in the program. In this series of workshops, you will be able to engage with others who are doing this work and take the first steps toward creating a course focused on LGBTQIA+ content. You will discover resources and build your understanding of issues and ethics related to infusing into your courses the histories, cultures, contemporary issues, experiences, and perspectives of LGBTQIA+ people. 


  • Dr. Liz Cannon, Coordinator of the LGBTQ Studies Certificate and Director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center  
  • Dr. Amney Harper, Professor, Professional Counseling 


Sessions are for learning purposes and a Certificate will not be awarded

Sessions Recordings:

February 18: Dr. Cary Gabriel Costello, Director of LGBT+ Studies and Assoc. Prof. of Sociology at UW Milwaukee, discussed Best Practices for LGBTQ Studies.

March 11: UW Oshkosh faculty in a range of fields provided tips for building an LGBTQIA+ course or infusing an existing one.

April 15: You will have the opportunity to workshop your syllabus and/or action plan! Experts will be available for guidance

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