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COVID-19 Safety Precaution Announcements

For official University updates and resources, please visit the MSU Denver Corona Virus Update page as well as the resource documents page. Also see the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences Online Class FAQ page for students.

Scholarship Tutoring During Campus Closure

GITA will continue to offer scholarship assistance virtually. If you are established with a scholarship tutor, please contact your tutor via email for further help. If you are in need of scholarship assistance, please contact Soj Sirivanchai (

Our Commitment To Our Students

The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy stands for the justice and equitable treatment of our Black, Brown Indigenous, & Immigrant students. We recognize that individuals with these identities are facing increased institutionalized hostility and marginalization during these precarious times.

Safer Spaces Resolution

Please sign the Safer Spaces Resolution

For Black, Brown, and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Impacted by State and Police Violence



Sanctuary Resolution

Please read the Sanctuary Resolution

For Immigrants and Members of Vulnerable Communities Directly Impacted by Anti-Immigration Policy



Upcoming Events


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Our Fall virtual events schedule is in the works! If you would like to collaborate with our team or have any burning ideas for events you'd like to see on campus in the future, please give us a shout.

CONTACT: Eneri Rodriguez 

To check out more of GITA's events and programming, visit our Events page

Course Highlight

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Here is a 3-credit fall course that will introduce you to transgender studies!

Introduction to Transgender Studies (3 credits), CRN 52436

This course explores the transgender and transsexual experience, focusing on Western cultural definitions and concepts. It is General Studies designated for Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

Scholarship Highlight

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Western Union Immigrant Student Annual Scholarship (July 31st, 2020)

Awards: $2000.00 for Fall 2020 and $2000.00 for Spring 2021.

Available for all Permanent Residents or Asylum/Refugee-status students at MSU Denver. View the Western Union Scholarship flyer for eligibility requirements and application instructions.

For help or questions, contact the Immigrant Services Program at

Our Program Options

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"As a first generation, nontraditional student it is my goal to graduate to improve my family’s quality of life. It is my dream to materialize my parents unachieved educational dreams and to provide a more stable environment for my child than the one I grew up in. I plan on doing this by working toward the empowerment of the Latinx and immigrant communities. GITA has been a welcoming space and an incredible support to my dreams. They have been an ally to my mission and an accomplice in my journey of strengthening my voice and empowering other by sharing my story. Thank You GITA!"

Angela Maria Ortiz Roa

- Student Testimony -

What GITA Stands For


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy's vision is of a queer feminist future in which people and communities are liberated from capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy.  We envision a world in which liberated communities live with dignity and without fear.  This future involves an intersectional and transnational grassroots movement led by women of color, LGBTQIA+ and working-class people, and other marginalized groups.  "Vulnerability" for us is all about the lack of power, privilege, and resources (i.e., access to safe spaces) based on one's intersectional identities.


The Mission of the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy is to provide space to students most impacted by the intersecting oppressions present in our culture and students' everyday lives today. As such, we work together through academics (as a department) and programming (as student services) to build community and empowerment for our LGBTQIA+ and non-binary students of color and/or students of lower SES, while educating those with privilege to help make these spaces feel safe, equitable, and inclusive.


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy's Values are: 

  1. Intersectional feminism--We commit to equity for all genders and to understanding the overlap between gender discrimination and other forms of oppression based on ethnicity, economic status, sexual identity, ability, nationality, and other identities. We value the richness of diverse identities and the strength multiple perspectives bring to the learning process.
  2. Activism--We advocate for social justice on campus and in our communities at large. We strive to be thoughtful and effective collaborators by providing intersectional feminist education and supporting active student-led organizations. 
  3. Access--We strive to overcome systemic barriers to education and to make opportunities within reach for all students, especially LGBTQIA+, low-income, first-generation, immigrant, and students with disabilities who need extra support.
  4. Community--We help students to reach their full potential, to take an active role in their own lives, and to contribute to the community at large. We value collaboration across the campus and disciplines, and among faculty, staff, students, and community members. 
  5. Learning--We value research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary inquiry that contributes to the evolution of new knowledge and theory within the field of Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies. We value an anti-oppression analysis in our teaching and scholarship. We value a transnational approach to teaching and learning that encourages individuals and groups to become informed worldmakers. 


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy's goals are to create space for oppressed groups to build community, organize for liberation, and engage in self-care.  Further, our goals are to teach critical analysis, communication, and organizing skills so that students feel empowered to work against the systems of oppression in their lives and communities.


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