Gender and sexuality scholars and teachers, students and student leaders, and Heads of Schools, Colleges, and Academies, have all played an important role in the incubation and creation of genderED. There have been countless conversations over the years about how best to connect our work across different Schools and disciplines in a large and decentralised University; how to make research-led teaching options more visible to students; and how to identify gaps and build capacity. This is an important area for support and growth given the University’s commitment to equipping students to become critical citizens at global and local level, and to promoting values of social responsibility and social justice.
As noted above, genderED builds upon work by an ad hoc group of academics and students. But the step change came in 2014-15 with the then- EUSA Vice President of Academic Affairs Dash Sekhar’s gender campaign for more gender courses including the creation of a University-wide introductory course on gender. The Heads of CAHSS and SPS agreed to provide institutional support for this, and for a wider University-EUSA Gender Initiative. The key outcomes to date have been the creation of the Understanding Gender course (see above, 2016) and the launch of genderED (2017).
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