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Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Established at USC Upstate in October 1998, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS) is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and serves students, faculty, staff and community members through curricular and co-curricular programming. As part of the USC Upstate commitment to recognizing and supporting diversity efforts on campus, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies promotes a safe and healthy university environment by creating and enhancing leadership opportunities, personal growth and professional development for women in our campus community. We recognize that there is no one "women's" experience and strive to address and celebrate the diversity among women, as well as the commonalities that we share.

"Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of Color, working-class women, poor women, disabled women, lesbians, old women--as well as white, economically privileged, heterosexual women. Anything less than this vision of total freedom is not feminism, but merely female self-aggrandizement." - Barbara Smith, 'Racism and Women's Studies'

More information on the CWGS:

  • Mission
  • Courses leading to an interdisciplinary concentration or minor in women's and gender studies
  • Vision statement

Our Director

Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.
Office: CASB 124
Phone: 864-503-5724
Email: mjohnson@uscupstate.edu 

Contact Us

USC Upstate
Center for Women's and Gender Studies
CASB 120
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5926
Fax: 864-503-5351