Women's & Gender Studies Learning Opportunities

Participate in one of the many learning opportunities available to Women’s and Gender Studies students and enrich your education outside of the classroom. There are a variety of diverse student organizations, centers and community involvement opportunities available to ensure you are able to do what you love, whatever it may be. Live and learn with fellow Dragons. Join a book club. Intern or volunteer with a local organization. The opportunities are abundant.

MSUM’s Campus Feminist Organization is dedicated to creating awareness of issues and events pertaining to women, and to provide a social atmosphere in which to discuss them.

The Feminist Community Book Group at MSU Moorhead offers guided discussions on books about feminism, by feminist authors, or engaged in the values and principles of feminism. Explore diverse themes through critical conversations about issues facing women and feminism. Recent titles include:

  • “Who is Ana Mendieta?” by Christine Redfern and Caro Caron
  • “We Were Feminists Once” by Andy Zeisler
  • “Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific” by Meliza Bañales
  • “Salt” by Nayyirah Waheed
  • “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement” by Angela Davis
  • “Eating the Ocean” by Elspeth Probyn

Get hands-on experience in the field prior to graduation through internships, service learning, and volunteer opportunities. Dozens of organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead area are searching for talented students to provide needed services for their companies. In return, you’ll gain invaluable experience that will set you apart from other candidates during your job search. Students frequently collaborate with the following organizations:

  • Red River Women’s Clinic
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
  • Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

MSUM’s Rainbow Dragon Center is a welcoming and safe space for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTIA+) and allied community. It is a supportive environment for learning about LGBTIA+ topics, and proactively works to reduce homophobia, heterosexism and genderism while fostering a campus environment of civility and understanding.


Are you interested in living and learning with your peers while exploring your personal identity and helping to create and support an equitable society? If so, the Rainbow Dragon Learning Community may be for you. No matter your major, here you can live in a supportive environment and learn about the connections between diverse LGBT+ identities and social justice with LGBT+ and allied peers, faculty and staff.

The Red River Women’s Studies Conference is an annual event that rotates among local colleges and universities. MSUM hosts the event every three years.

The MSUM’s Women’s Center exists to educate and work with the campus community creating a space for students, faculty and staff to socialize and share ideas in a respectful manner.

Women’s and Gender Studies partners with the Women’s Center to produce programs throughout the year, including an annual colloquium series that features campus and community speakers.