Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies
Established in 2012, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies is a resource for students, alumni, and faculty of Western New England University School of Law, the legal community, and the general public.
The Center serves as a focal point for work in a broad number of areas relating to gender and sexuality, ranging from civil rights issues affecting women and sexual minorities to feminist and queer theory. The Center works to engage with the legal community, with the University, and with members of the School of Law on core issues of gender and sexuality across a broad spectrum of law, including criminal law, immigration, employment, family law, health law, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, legislation, leadership and business, and international and comparative law.
Lextures and presentations can be accessed on our Digital Commons.
Lectures, Events, and Student Projects
- The Center hosts lectures that focus on issues related to gender and sexuality.
- The Center presents events open to the law community and general public.
- The Center facilitates student projects related to gender and sexuality.
The Center develops interdisciplinary symposia to encourage dialogue about specific areas of law and their intersection with gender and sexuality issues, inviting leading experts beyond our campus to share their expertise. Such discussions are designed to inspire future faculty and student scholarship.
Nationally Recognized Faculty
Western New England University School of Law is uniquely positioned to launch such a center. The School has attracted to its faculty some of the leading minds in gender and sexuality studies, including internationally renowned GLAD Attorney Jennifer Levi, who has litigated many important transgender and same-sex marriage cases, and Professor Erin Buzuvis, who is a Title IX scholar and college athletics discrimination expert.
They join longtime faculty members Professor Anne Goldstein, who wrote a series of foundational gay rights articles following the Bowers v. Hardwick decision, and Professor Taylor Flynn, who has written much-cited scholarly articles in the areas of sexual orientation and recently served as Chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Section of AALS.
Their ongoing research and legal representation of sexual minorities and transgender individuals will continue to build on the body of legal scholarship and break new ground in all facets of law.
The Gender and Sexuality Studies Concentration
Leveraging the expertise of our nationally recognized faculty, Western New England introduced a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2011. The Center also works with faculty to develop coursework beyond the concentration to incorporate issues of gender justice and LGBT rights into the general curriculum in order to provide all students with a foundation on how these issues affect various practice areas.
For more information about the Gender and Sexuality Studies Concentration click here.