Aggie Appreciation for NMSU G&SS

Note: To respect the privacy of some of our students, testimonials are presented here anonymously. The Gender & Sexuality Studies program at NMSU values the diverse voices of our community and strives to create an inclusive environment where all can speak freely


NMSU G&SS: Established in 1989. Words on a crimson background.
Academic Unit for Interdisciplinary Study


At the Gender & Sexuality Studies program at NMSU, we pride ourselves on creating an educational environment that is both transformative and empowering. But don't just take our word for it. Listen to what our current students and alumni have to say:


A Brave Safe Space to Thrive

"I found a home in the G&SS program, a place where I could be myself without judgment. It's a lifeline, especially in today's environment."
Current Student


Tools for Inquiry and Criticism 

"I believe in the transformational power of the Gender & Sexuality Studies curriculum, and I believe students need GSS now more than ever. GSS provides important identity language (and space to explore that language) that young people often cannot access on their own. It provides tools for inquiry and criticism that tie directly to on-going civil rights struggles for people of color, queer people, people with disabilities, and women. GSS resists determinism and demonstrates to learners that we CAN make our communities more inclusive and accessible, and it provides the knowledge and the tools to make those changes possible. I believe the supporting the GSS program and its curriculum is an act of resistance and hope and an investment in our future."

Heather Lang, PhD (she/her/they/them), NMSU Gender & Sexuality Studies B.A. Graduate (2010), Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Writing Coordinator. Susquehanna University


Reasons Why

I consider Gender & Sexuality Studies my academic home, as I strongly believe that the knowledge, care, and support that I gained are the reasons why I continue to pursue a doctoral degree.

Diana LópezPh.D. Candidate, History Department, University of Texas El Paso, NMSU Gender & Sexuality Studies BA Alum (triple Major)


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G&SS Legacy: Granger


Interdisciplinary Excellence

"As a media studies major, the G&SS program has offered me unique perspectives that I incorporate into my work. The intersection of Gender & Sexuality Studies with other academic disciplines is a game-changer."


"This need for space, as well as understanding, has only grown exponentially as we watch more bodies and identities policed, stripped of their rights and protections, and actively punished for simply existing. It is G&SS who are primarily, if not the only ones, making sure these underserved students are seen, heard, and given the knowledge, tools, and resources that they rightfully deserve."

Juan “Ricky” AraizaNMSU Gender & Sexuality Studies Alum, G&SS Graduate Minor


Empowering Future Leaders

"The program gave me the critical tools to challenge societal norms and advocate for marginalized communities. I carry these lessons into my professional life every day."


Professor Dae Romero GSS Alum quote on crimson background
G&SS Legacy: Romero


Research and Creative Practices

"Being exposed to Feminist Border Arts (FBA) as part of the G&SS program was transformative. It's not just theory; it's practice, activism, and art combined."
Current Student


Alex Fonnest G&SS 2024 graduate quote
G&SS Legacy: Fonnest


A Global Perspective

"This program is not just about academia; it's about real-world impact. I've learned to view gender and sexuality through a transnational lens, which has been eye-opening."
Current Student


Digital Learning and Activism

"The digital components of the course, like the Social Justice Zine and online forums, have been invaluable. They offer practical experience in activism and make the learning truly interactive."


Quote on crimson background by alumni Tellez-Trujillo
G&SS Legace: Tellez-Trujillo



A Call to Action

"If you want to not just learn but also make a difference, this is the program for you. The G&SS program prepares you for real-world advocacy in ways that traditional courses do not."