Gender and Sexuality: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
10 Jun 2024 - 21 Jul 2024

Professor Uzma Rashid

We live in a world surrounded by individuals and communities with diverse ways of being. In order to understand the nature of these varieties of lived experiences around us, it is crucial to critically examine the ways in which they are rooted in systems of power. This course focuses on gender and sexuality as categories that are shaped by this power and inform the positions people occupy in a range of social contexts. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to perform an intersectional analysis of inequalities that those marginalized on the basis of their gender and sexuality face. Students will be facilitated in considering multiple categories like religion, race, ethnicity, class, and ability, in order to contextualize the meanings and manifestations of gender and sexuality. Case studies will be shared to apply the theoretical perspectives discussed throughout the course to analyze practical issues and to understand solutions to some of the complex challenges that gender and sexual marginalization poses.

Uzma Rashid

Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and Academic Coordinator of MA in Gender and Peacebuilding, MA in Gender and Development and MA in Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies Programmes

Dr. Uzma Rashid serves as Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Academic Coordinator for the Gender and Peacebuilding; Gender and Development; and Religion, Culture, and Peace Studies Masters programmes at the University for Peace (established by the UN General Assembly), Costa Rica. Prior to joining UPEACE, she worked as Chair at the Department of Sociology, and Associate Dean for Research of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Rashid has done her PhD as a Fulbright scholar from the interdisciplinary Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, and has extensive teaching, training, and research experience in a variety of contexts. Her academic work and research interests have consistently been interdisciplinary in nature, with the aim of working towards equity and justice by furthering an understanding of power relations in the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, race, ethnicity, caste, ability, and class at the multiple levels on which they operate. She is also a certified trainer for conducting self-defense trainings with a holistic view of tackling violence, especially sexual and gender based violence. Currently, she is also a KAICIID International Fellow for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, implementing a project for capacity building towards ensuring that interfaith dialogue spaces can be made more inclusive and nonviolent for queer communities. She is always open to ideas for collaborations that are aimed at creating such just futures for all. She can be reached at 



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