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, 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 2018–19, 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 one-credit, two semester course is offered every other year and meets for four workshops a semester.

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
Keywords: gender-based crimes, human rights, international law

Blagojevich Steps Up by Coral Buston
Keywords: reproductive rights, politics, birth control, Illinois

Casa de Esperanza by Jodi Sandfort
Keywords: organizational management, domestic violence, cultural competency

Caucus at Your Own Risk: Senator Shelia Kiscaden and the Minnesota Republican Caucus by Amy Strauss
Keywords: caucus, state legislators, voting, political party

Conflicting Generations in Feminism: Crystal Plati and Choice USA by Amber Shipley
Keywords: board leadership, organizational management

DVIP: Unconditional Shelter? by Sally J. Kenney
Keywords: domestic violence, criminal justice, organizational management

Fighting for Access to Midwifery Care and Home Birth: The Minnesota Story by Mary M. Lay
Keywords: birth, midwifery, medical practice

Finding a Safe Space: Prioritizing Safety Considerations for Trans Youth in the Portland Homeless Youth Continuum by Sarah Taylor-Nanista
Keywords: transgender rights, youth, homelessness

From a Hostile Work Environment to Hostile Courtroom: Heroes, Victims, and Martyrs by Kate Troy
Keywords: mines, iron range, Minnesota, sexual harassment

Gag Me: Money versus Mission? by Rebecca Burch
Keywords: reproductive rights, family planning, foreign policy

Hmong Women’s Action Team: Advocating for Social Change by Seng Vang
Keywords: Hmong community, organizational management, community-based organization, advocacy

How to Best Serve Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota Defining its Place in the Pro-choice Landscape by Nicole Courneya
Keywords: Planned Parenthood, organizational management, advocacy

Jane Swift: Motherhood in the Massachusetts Governor's Office by Steffany Stern
Keywords: Massachusetts, governor, politics, leadership, motherhood

Rising Up and Plowing Down: How Can Two Women Make the Land and Arena for Justice by Dianna Hunter
Keywords: farmers, Minnesota, farm politics, land

Thank you for being ready: Minnesota's First Supreme Court Justice, Rosalie Wahl by Sally J. Kenney
Keywords: leadership, judicial appointment

The Power and Pain of Partnerships: The Minnesota Bulgaria Connection by Cheryl Thomas
Keywords: human rights, advocacy, partnerships, international law

The Power to Choose by Sara M. Evans
Keywords: Emily’s List, PACs, politics, leadership

The Value of Women’s Words and Women’s Work by Kathy Magnuson
Keywords: business, feminism, loans, banks, gainsharing

The Welfare of Feminism: Struggle in the Midst of Reform by Bethany Snyder
Keywords: leadership, TANF, welfare reform, politics

The Women’s Refugee Initiative by Raya Hegeman
Keywords: refugees, organizational funding, grants, mission

To Strike or Not to Strike: The University of Minnesota Clerical Workers’ Decision by Kristen Houlton
Keywords: unions, workers’ rights, collective bargaining

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