What is CRGS?

CRGS logoCritical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CRGS) is an undergraduate program focused on the critical examination of race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability and nation as intersecting categories of identity, oppression and resistance.  As a community of scholars, teachers and learners from the interdisciplinary fields of ethnic studies, women’s studies and multicultural queer studies, we aim to create a just and sustainable world by analyzing systems of inequality and strategies for resistance. Our critical approach is intersectional and comparative; our focus is local, national, and transnational.  This knowledge engenders transformative practices in research, creative work, and community activism.

Enacting CouRaGeouS scholarship means:

  • Creating a just and sustainable world, for the earth and all of its inhabitants.
  • Critiquing and ultimately eradicating systems and ideologies of inequality.
  • Collaborating across disciplines, across social positions, and across geographic localities.

Please join us in courageously building coalitional spaces of transformative knowledge production and in the long-term work of creating a more just world.

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Winner of the 2022 Excellence in Arts Humanities & Social Sciences Award!

Unique McCalpin-Carter
Critical Race and Gender Studies

Unique  has continuously demonstrated their commitment to Cal Poly Humboldt and to the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies through in-class dialogue, coursework, and  encouraging their peers to challenge their own biases and privilege to expand their knowledge on the history and experiences of marginalized groups. Unique is a strong advocate for students navigating the difficulties of the pandemic and has created a sense of community among their peers in a virtual environment. They have extended this sense of community and leadership through their work in the CouRaGeouS Cuentos production team, where they are leading the visual art and book design component for the journal. They have brought together students in the class for collective decision making and invited local community artists to contribute their art and voices to the journal. 

Unique has applied what they have learned in CRGS classes to the programming and events they have hosted at El Centro, which serve the university and wider community. They have been an exemplary example of what combining theory with practical application successfully can look like.Congratulations Unique!

CRGS Statement in Support of Black Lives

Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt joins the global movement in defense of Black life. We affirm our solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Black communities everywhere. We mourn the lives and demand justice for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and all Black people who have been killed and terrorized by police brutality and the carceral state. 

As a department rooted in social justice, we are committed to using education to fight systemic racism that perpetuates violence against Black lives and to further coalition-building across communities. We are moved by the uprising of people and their collective solidarity, outrage, and despair which have filled and transformed the streets of this country and the world. We invite our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and local community to resist and work to dismantle white supremacy. It is essential that we get -- and stay -- involved with movements for Black lives, donate to critical funds, demand transparency and justice from elected officials, and support community efforts for transformative long-term change. Let's mobilize and organize. 

Here are some key resources and ways to defend Black lives. 



Build Coalitions

Bridge disciplines, communities, and social locations

Transform the world

Use your skills to imagine and create just and sustainable communities

Ask the Other Question

Examine interlocking forms of oppression; understand systems and ideologies of inequality