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Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies (GWS)

Women's Studies aims to create a collaborative, inclusive environment that can support you in your studies while working towards your degree.

The mission of the Institute for Women's Studies and Services is to serve as a feminist hub for transformative education, programming, and advocacy on issues of gender inclusion and social equity.

IWSS is the only department on campus that offers a services component for students on campus, in addition to academics. The Institute, its services, and its classes are open to all gender identities. Whether you want to earn your Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies, fulfill your multicultural requirement for graduation, or simply register for some of our classes because of your own interests, our classes are always open!

Be sure to drop by our cozy home located on Auraria's historic Ninth Street Park. IWSS is a great place to connect with advisors, receive counseling, grab a free snack, use our lactation spaces, or just to kick up your feet and relax!



President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy will be rescinded. Doing so will impact 800,000 brilliant, young lives who will lose their right to work and receive an education!

Use the information below to take action and let representatives know that we will never stop fighting for DREAMers!

Featured Faculty

Full time faculty member, Katherine Martinez, has a new publication about BDSM Role Fluidity. Check it out!

Upcoming Events

Triple F Film Series: Wonder Woman

  • Thursday, September 14
  • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Auraria Library: Discovery Wall

Mixed Race Student Social

  • Thursday, September 14
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • USC Student Commons

Fall Fest

  • Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • South of Tivoli


MLK Peace Award Recipient 2017 -  Maria Rangel Leon

This year, our very own, Maria Rangel Leon, was awarded the honorable MLK Peace Award! The annual MLK Peace Breakfast at Metropolitan State University of Denver celebrates the philosophy and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting diversity and equality for all. The MLK Peace Award honors individuals who keep the spirit and dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. alive through their actions and contributions to peace, justice, diversity, equality and social change. We are very proud of Maria and all of the hard work she has accomplished! Her intersectional activism has truly made an impact on and off campus. Congratulations!

Video produced by John Arnold, MSU Denver Marketing and Communications.

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1059 9th Street Park
Denver, CO 80204

Campus Box 36
PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217