About Us

The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), founded in 2014, is a professionally staffed office working on diversity and inclusion for women and LGBTQIA2S+ communities. We provide educational and professional development opportunities to students, faculty, and staff at Brandeis University.


The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center is to serve as the focal point for:
  • queer-centric support resources on campus
  • providing a space for students to explore and learn about their sexuality and/or gender identity
  • promoting LGBTQIA2S+ inclusivity and belonging through student learning and community building
Our desire is for everyone at Brandeis University to thrive in their pursuit of academic excellence.

Our History

Brandeis is perhaps best known because of its history of inclusion in education. Brandeis University was founded in 1948 at a time when Jews, women and people of color were denied access to institutions of higher education.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis, the university's namesake, is the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Brandeis University seeks to reflect his dedication to open inquiry, the pursuit of truth and the rights of ordinary citizens.

Since the 1950s, LGBTQ+ life at Brandeis has been out and proud. Over the decades, stories of struggle, solidarity and hope have been published by independent student newspapers, including Brandeis participation in the historic National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights of 1979.

Today, the Gender and Sexuality Center is a part of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the President's Cabinet.

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