The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies (CDGS) in the College of Liberal Arts administers both the Diversity Studies minor and the Women's Studies minor at the graduate and undergraduate levels and the African American Studies minor at the undergraduate level.
CDGS helps prepare students to work and live in a pluralistic society through curricular and co-curricular activities — symposia colloquia, workshops, exhibits, theater productions, diversity reading discussions, and research projects. In addition, it assists faculty with resources and professional development activities to encourage the infusion of multiculturalism in the curriculum through a Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute (infusing U.S. and global perspectives). The center also promotes research through sponsorship of the Women and Gender Research Collaborative with its online professional peer reviewed Journal of Research on Women and Gender. It serves as a resource for faculty and students with a collection of approximately 300 books, articles, syllabi and tapes. Through private donations, it promotes the recruitment and retention of students with four annual scholarships. The director of CDGS works in collaboration with an advisory council of faculty and staff representing several Texas State colleges and departments.