As centuries-long injustices against black and brown persons continue today, the University remains committed to supporting and educating students, faculty and staff on our mission and values centered on inclusion, diversity and equity. Read more


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Graduating Ethnic and Gender Studies students at Commencement

Ethnic & Gender Studies Department

Why Ethnic & Gender Studies?

EGST embraces a critical pedagogy which puts students at the center of the learning process and emphasizes collective work and community responsibility as well as intellectual rigor. Our students are invested in the EGST community and working together. We emphasize a multidisciplinary and comparative approach to the study of race, class, ethnicity and gender. Community work is highlighted in our Community Activism course and in the Capstone Seminar, thus reinforcing the relationship between academic knowledge and the development of a engaged and critical citizenry.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)

    The primary purpose of the Queer Straight Alliance is to educate the campus community about LGBT issues.

  • International and Intercultural Club

    This student club will support students of other nations/cultures and students interested in interacting with students of other nations.

  • Jewish Student Organization

    The purpose of this organization is to experience the Jewish culture as a group.

  • Multicultural Student Association (MSA)

    The purpose of the Multicultural Student Association is to promote diversity and cultural awareness throughout our campus and community.

  • Latino Association for Empowerment (LAFE)

    LAFE is an educational, political and social organization of students at Westfield State that supports awareness of multicultural issues.