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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Presents the 10th Annual Gender Conference

For 10 years, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) has presented the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Gender Conference, a student conference focusing on the social and cultural understandings of sexual difference and the practices and behaviors that support or challenge those understandings.

This year’s conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, April 12, with a conference theme of “Gender Issues: Past & Present.” Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Past conferences have featured student papers and panels on a variety of topics such as LGBTQ rights, gays in the military, gender representation in the media, and sexism in fairy tales, among many enlightening topics.

Crystal Guillory, assistant dean of CHSS and the chair of the conference is excited at how much it has grown over the past ten year; from its original home in the English Department, it is now a regional conference with students presenting from seven surrounding area universities and colleges.

“Our UHD students and professors, and students in the surrounding area, look forward to this CHSS signature conference,” said Guillory.

The 10th Annual Gender Conference is a Houston-area wide event, giving students outside of the UHD community an opportunity to present original research. Past conferences featured student presentations from Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, and the University of Houston—among others. This year’s conference promises an expansive schedule, with topics such as:

  • Gender and the body
  • Gender rights
  • Gender construction and the workplace
  • Gender and Sports
  • Historical considerations for gender
  • Psychology of gender
  • Influence of social media on gender acceptance
  • Social movements on social media
  • Sexual orientation and the law
  • Femininity/Masculinity and folk heroes
  • Masculinities Studies
  • Feminism and equality
  • Police brutality and gender (in & out of prison
  • Similarities in the female and male brain
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • The gender gap in STEM fields
  • Gender legislation
  • Gender and race
  • Negotiating power across genders
  • Male identity challenges
  • Gender, sex, and marriage equality

Individual presentations will be 10-15 minutes long, and panel presentations will be 45 minutes long.  The conference will take place on campus in the Academic Building, A300 and the Robertson Auditorium.

Any questions should be directed to Crystal Guillory at