Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Penn is comprised of two separate but related entities—the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, and the Penn Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies—each with distinct but complementary projects. The Center and Program encompass faculty from more than 20 departments and schools at Penn, and provide vital opportunities and resources for research, learning, and practice in the areas of gender and sexuality.

The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women and GSWS at the University of Pennsylvania are committed to cultivating a learning environment that values and prioritizes inclusion, equity, and diversity through research, teaching, advocacy, activism, and community engagement. 

GSWS at Penn is an inclusive space, committed to affirming students, staff, and faculty of all genders and identities, including trans and non-binary individuals. We endeavor to cultivate a community in which every person, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability, neurodiversity, nationality, documented status, religious views, or position within the institution, is respected. GSWS supports pedagogy with gender-inclusive language, an intersectional curriculum, and accessible classroom practices, and invites departments and centers that share these values to collaborate and cross list courses. 

Philadelphia occupies the traditional homelands of the Lenni-Lenape. The Alice Paul Center and GSWS at the University of Pennsylvania acknowledge and express gratitude to the indigenous people of this land, past and present, for the opportunity to live and learn on Lenapehoking, land of the Lenape.