A group of GRI faculty and students at Visions of Change, a community fair organized by Gender, Race, and Identity students in April 2023

What is GRI?

The Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) pursues the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of gender, race, and related constructions of identity, difference, and power that have structured and today continue to comprise our social world.

What can I study?

We offer a B.A. in Gender, Race, and Identity and undergraduate minors in Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Social Justice, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

The M.A. and the Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race, and Identityare interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for a variety of careers. The program invites applications from students with a range of backgrounds and preparations.

Our graduate program helps students to:

  • Understand how identities are constructed and how they intersect
  • Learn about the methodologies in scholarship and learning in diverse cultures
  • Examine ideas about gender and race and how they intersect
  • Study the roles identity plays in diverse cultural settings and how these roles change over time
  • Look at the historical significance of identity through politics, public policy and decision-making
  • Explore the effects gender, race and identity have on historical developments and their consequences

Academic programs

Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Race, and Identity

  • Gender, Race, and Identity, B.A.
  • Gender, Race, and Identity (Ethnic Studies Specialization), B.A.
  • Gender, Race, and Identity (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Specialization), B.A.


  • Black Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Latinx Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Master of Arts in Gender, Race, and Identity

Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity

Check out the latest news from GRI

Emily Hobson in front of a bookshelf.

Emily Hobson, second University faculty member ever selected National Humanities Center Fellow

Yearlong fellowship work focuses on the history of HIV/AIDS prison activism in the United States

Art by University student Ricardo Rubalcaba Paredes, titled “Familia Elegida (Belonging),” 2023 depicting three students lying on the ground smiling.

Visions of Change: A Community Kickback

Students from the Gender, Race and Identity colloquium class organize last event of 2022-23 series

Head shot of Jelena Subotic.

Religious Studies Committee presents Jelena Subotic for Kutten lecture

Departments of Political Science and Gender, Race and Identity collaborate to host guest speaker, Jelena Subotic

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the University of Nevada, Reno is situated on the traditional homelands of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Wašiw (Washoe), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) peoples. These lands continue to be a gathering place for Indigenous Peoples and we recognize their deep connections to these places. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on their territory.

Office of Indigenous Relations

The Office of Indigenous Relations aims to build strong community connections, provide funding and resources, and create supportive and culturally inclusive environments for Indigenous students, faculty and communities.