Our Mission

Our mission is to think critically about the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and other hierarchies; to understand history, culture and society from a range of perspectives, including those emanating from individuals and communities whose stories and lives have been marginalized; to advocate for human rights and social and environmental justice; and to develop consciousness about multiethnic and gender issues locally, domestically, globally and transnationally. Ultimately, our vision is to develop skills to shape our collective future in ways that foster diversity and equity.

Dr. Heather Albanesi
Director, Women's and Ethnic Studies




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Statement of Solidarity


Last weekend, a casino shooting rocked the Oneida Nation in Green Bay, Wisconsin. While motives for this most recent event are not clear, indigenous communities in the United States are suffering from higher mortality rates from COVID and ongoing violence including disappearances and murders of indigenous women. As incidents of violence against Black Americans, Muslim Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic Americans have been widely and justly denounced across the nation, incidents affecting Native communities have often been less visible in our media.

The UCCS Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program stand in solidarity with the Oneida Nation as tribal members grieve the violence committed on Saturday. We further support our student Lanice Powless, a member of the Oneida tribe, in raising awareness of these issues and encouraging our community to participate in the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women rally Wednesday, May 5 at 5 pm.


The Department of Sociology, the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of History at UCCS stand firm in denouncing the recent rise of anti-Asian harassment, hate, and violence. We also condemn willfully ignorant statements that draw upon stereotypes of Asians/Asian Americans and minimize the ongoing violence directed at them, such as those made by Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office insinuating that the Atlanta mass shooting that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, were the actions of a sex addict simply having a “bad day.”As scholars dedicated to the study of race, inequality, and social justice, we want to be clear that acts of xenophobia and racism of any kind have no place in our classrooms, workplaces, or communities.