Vision: Through research, teaching, and service, the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies aims to be the knowledge leader among Jesuit universities, nurturing a culture that explores, embraces, and celebrates diverse gendered experiences and identities.

The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies is dedicated to encouraging and conducting research on gender and sexual diversity. Through community collaboration research the CGSS helps to address gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, disability, nationality, and religious inequalities experienced in the greater Milwaukee community.

Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant Accepted Proposals

After receiving many great applications for the 2017 CGSS Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant, the grant review committee and Provost Myers agreed to award funding to the following projects:

Mental Health and Academic Success Among Latina Emerging Adults: The Role of Culture and Gender Expectations

The Impact of Code-Switching Instruction on the Academic Achievement of Low-Income, African American Girls

Proyecto Mamá: A Community Resource and Needs Assessment of Perinatal Mental Health Among Latina Mothers

Changing Responses to Dating Violence Precursor Behaviors: An Action Research Project with Girls of Color and Their Partners

We thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and community members who applied for this grant for their time and effort in this process.


The 2018 Request for Proposals for the CGSS Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant has been released. The application submission date is May 7, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Accepted proposals will be announced in June 2018.


Cream City Foundation Needs Assessment

In 2016, Cream City Foundation partnered with Marquette University's Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies to assess the needs and concerns facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, plus (LGBTQ+) people in southeast Wisconsin post marriage equality. Interviews were conducted with 27 leaders and representatives from 23 different organizations serving LGBTQ+ people in the southeastern Wisconsin. Respondents emphasized the diversity of identities, experiences, and oppressions within LGBTQ+ communities. Reoccurring themes include an emphasis on how the intersections of race, gender, and social class influence how LGBTQ+ identities are experienced and, thus, impact the specific issues their clients and community members face. Findings highlight the additional concerns facing LGBTQ+ people of color, those who are trans, who live in rural communities, and who are economically disadvantaged. Data suggests the increased need to focus on the root causes of the social problems confronting the most marginalized people within LGBTQ+ communities, as these groups are often in greater need for additional resources and support. Additionally, findings highlight the need for a deeper understanding how the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality influence the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in southeast Wisconsin.

This report can be accessed here.

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Dr. Angelique (Angie) Harris
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