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Dedicated to advancing women's and LGBTQ leadership, vision, and influence, the Gender Institute fosters workspaces in which each participant is stimulated to reach her/his highest potential and to increase knowledge and justice within the university, within their disciplines, and in society at large.

A university-wide research center founded in 1997, the Gender Institute promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. We offer grants and awards to faculty and students to support scholarship on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion, and place. We convene interdisciplinary networks and organize lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, art exhibitions, and community events.


Carolyn Washington, Kristen Doty, and Karolina Kulicka, PhD students in Global Gender Studies and American Studies, volunteered at the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women's Plant-a-thon to complete landscaping at the Tribute Garden honoring victims of domestic violence on September 24, 2016. This event was one of several fall 2016 events sponsored or cosponsored by the Gender Institute to address violence against women. Join us on October 28th for a one-day symposium, "Honor, Systems of Masculinity, and Violence against Women: Responses and Solutions," in Clemens Hall 120 on UB's North Campus.

The Gender Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

Peggy Acara, Rosemary Dziak, Isabel Marcus, and Barbara Bono, former directors of the Gender Institute, celebrating Gender Week 2005.