Mission & Vision
The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts administers the Diversity Studies minor, African American Studies minor, and the Women’s Studies minor at the undergraduate level. The Center helps prepare students to work and live in a pluralistic society through curricular and co-curricular activities workshops, programs, events and research projects. In addition, it assists faculty with resources and professional development activities to encourage the infusion of multiculturalism in the curriculum through a Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute. It houses a resource area with more than 1000 books, articles, and syllabi. Through private donations, Diversity and Gender Studies offers an annual scholarship to students. The director of the Center works in collaboration with an advisory council of faculty, staff and students representing several Texas State colleges and departments.
Texas State University remains steadfast in our commitment to be the most welcoming university in Texas. We are proud that our body demographics closely mirror the population of the state of Texas and that we put student success at the heart of all we do. Texas State believes that freedom of thought, innovation and creativity are fundamental characteristics of a community of scholars. To promote such a learning environment, the university has a special responsibility to seek diverse perspectives, to promote inclusion, to instill a global perspective in its students, and to nurture sensitivity, dialogue and mutual respect. Discrimination against or harassment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veterans' status, gender identity or expression are inconsistent with the purposes of the university.
At CDGS we value:
- A diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global and international perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life;
- The cultivation of character and the modeling of honesty, integrity, compassion, fairness, respect, and ethical behavior, both in the classroom and beyond; and
- Engaged teaching and learning based in dialogue, student involvement, and the free exchange of ideas.
Key issues for prospective minors to consider:
- This minor will prepare students with a unique body of knowledge, cultural competence, and communication skills that will prepare them for a diverse and changing workforce.
- Enrich students' learning about cultural pluralism and improve the interpersonal and other skills.
- Well-rounded graduates have included in their liberal arts education a greater-knowledge of their cultural history and traditions.