a school for cultural and social transformation


Convocation 2019

You are cordially invited to the School for Cultural & Social Transformation Convocation on May 3!

Planning Ahead

Have a suggestion for a future Distinguished Lecture topic or speaker? Tell us what, who and why. We’d love to hear it!

Transformative Perspectives

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Current News

Building an Educational Bridge

A new $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow major foundation acceleration for a Pacific Islands Studies initiative at the University of Utah.

Criticizing the “Born This Way” Argument

Are people really born gay? At the latest TEDx Salt Lake City, Lisa Diamond – professor of psychology and gender studies – deconstructs the “born this way” argument and shows why it doesn’t advance LGBTQ+ equality.

Colonizing Histories and Museums

Maile Arvin, assistant professor of history and gender studies, reflects on the National Museum of the American Indian and challenges curators to reflect the complexities of indigenous people.

What is

Our full name is the School for Cultural and Social Transformation, but that’s awfully long, so we’ve adopted the nickname Transform. We feel like it embodies what we are, do, and feel.

We are a new college home for the Divisions of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies and the Disability Studies Program, which share cutting-edge concepts, faculty, and space. Our goal is to forge the wave of the future for the study of shifting sexualities, changing genders, dynamic immigrations, and emergent struggles against all racist thought and actions.

What We Do

Innovative Scholarship

• Interdisciplinary Research
• Faculty
• Publications

Coalition Building

• Policy
• Service Projects
• Leadership
• Community Relationship

Practical Expertise

• Types of Courses
• Praxis
• Events


We have a really great group of faculty, staff, and administrators. Come meet us!


Gardner Commons, Suite 4200
260 Central Campus Dr
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-581-7569
Fax: 801-585-3312