Teaching and Training

Students sitting around tables in a classroom.

Students attend the Gender and Intersectional Network Series (GAINS) workshop.

The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy (CWGPP) offers teaching and training opportunities for both Humphrey students and broader publics. The Center draws on the strengths of the Humphrey School, including partnership with the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the alumni network, and faculty at the School and across the University, to deliver course content and specialized trainings that address a range of topics from gender policy analysis to intersectional leadership.

Concentration in Gender and Public Policy

Students from across the world come the Humphrey School to pursue a concentration in gender and public policy while obtaining a master's degree. The Humphrey School is unique among top public policy schools in offering a pre-designed concentration in gender and public policy. Faculty across Humphrey’s principal areas engage a gender lens in their research and contribute courses to the concentration, while students can also take advantage of graduate courses offered throughout the University. The concentration is ideal for those students that seek to either focus on gender and policy in their future work, or wish to integrate a gendered lens into any work that they may pursue.

Internships in Gender and Public Policy

The Center supports Humphrey students seeking to complement their course work with experience working directly in gender and public policy through internships.

  • Students can identify organizations that offer internship opportunities in gender and policy issues by accessing our database of gender and public policy internship opportunities. If you are a student or employer and would like to add an opportunity we have missed to the database, email us at cwgpp@umn.edu.
  • The Center offers internship grants to encourage Humphrey students to work with grassroots feminist organizations that lack the resources to pay an intern; to enhance students' abilities to pursue job placements closely related to their career goals; and to serve to advance gender equity.

GAINS: Gender and Intersectional Network Series

Launched in Fall 2018, the GAINS workshop series prepares students with the skills to lead effectively and challenge institutional norms that perpetuate gender and other forms of bias. GAINS engages 15 to 30 U of M graduate students in a network of practice and focuses on topics related to gender and intersectionality in relationship to leadership development and institutional change. This half-credit course will meet for four workshops in the Fall of 2018. Part II of the course will continue with additional topics in Spring 2019.

Database of U of M Gender Scholars

The Center maintains a list of faculty across the U of M campus whose research or teaching relate to women or gender. It is gleaned from departmental webpages and contains information on scheduled courses. We also maintain a list of recent graduate course offerings by these faculty, as a resource for students to identify courses of interest. If you are a U of M faculty member and would like to be added to this list please email us.

Workshops and Trainings

In collaboration with the Institute for International Education and the Humphrey Fellows program, CWGPP sponsors workshops designed to help mid-career leaders from around the globe better understand, express and implement a gender lens in their work.

Case Study Project

The Center's case study project, led by former Center Director Sally Kenney from 2000-2010, produced case studies in women and public policy. The Center's comprehensive research of the existing databases of public policy cases (such as the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Washington's Electronic Hallway, and others) showed that less than 1% of the thousands of existing cases raised women's issues or even had a female protagonist. Several of the cases produced have been used in classes at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto, and Mills College to name a few.


  • "A Fair Representation: Advocating for Women's Rights in the International Criminal Court" by Barbara A. Frey
  • "Casa de Esperanza" by Jodi Sandfort
  • "Caucus at Your Own Risk: Senator Sheila Kiscaden and the Minnesota Republican Caucus" by Amy Strauss
  • "Fighting for Access to Midwifery Care and Home Birth: The Minnesota Story" by Mary M. Lay
  • "Finding a Safe Space: Prioritizing Safety Considerations for Trans Youth in the Portland Homeless Youth Continuum" by Sarah Taylor-Nanista
  • "Gag Me: Money versus Mission?" by Rebecca Burch
  • "From a Hostile Work Environment to a Hostile Courtroom: Heroes, Victims, and Martyrs" by Kate Troy
  • "DVIP: Unconditional Shelter?"by Sally J. Kenney
  • "How Best to Serve: Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota Defining its Place in the Pro-choice Landscape" by Nicole Courneya
  • "Institutionalized Violence: When Does Care Giving Become Submission to Violence? Work Related Risks for Health Care Providers" by Pat McGovern, Dave Cossi and Mary Findorff
  • "Jane Swift: Motherhood in the Massachusetts Governor's Office" by Steffany Stern
  • "The Power and Pain of Partnerships: The Minnesota Bulgaria Connection" by Cheryl Thomas
  • "The Power to Choose" by Sara M. Evans
  • "Radical Feminism in Political Action: The Minneapolis Pornography Ordinance" by Emily Warren
  • "Rising Up and Plowing Down: How Can Two Women Make the Land and Arena for Justice" by Dianna Hunter
  • "Sculpting the Rock of Women's Rights: The Role of Women's Organizations In Promoting the National Plan of Action to Integrate Women in Development in Morocco" by Iman Ghazalla
  • "Thank you for being ready: Minnesota's First Supreme Court Justice, Rosalie Wahl" by Sally J. Kenney
  • "To Strike or Not to Strike: The University of Minnesota Clerical Workers' Decision" by Kristen Houlto
  • "The Value of Women's Words and Women's Work" by Kathy Magnuson
  • "Waving Goodbye to the Dinosaurs? Women, Electoral Politics, and Peace in Northern Ireland" by Sally J. Kenney
  • "The Welfare of Feminism: Struggle in the Midst of Reform" by Bethany Snyder
  • "Working the Web During Hard Times: Cracking the Door Open for Young African American Women 1920-1930" by Debra J. Stone 

Additional relevant gender-based electronic case studies are available at the Hubert Project

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