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The mission of the University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies is to foster curriculum, promote research on gender and sexual diversity, and present public programming that addresses the histories, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

As a research institute at a public university, our primary responsibility is to make the benefits of our work available to the people of Arizona—and one important way to accomplish this goal is by sponsoring work that addresses international and national research agendas in addition to ones at the regional or state level. Though our institutional practices, we seek to recognize the complex material and symbolic forces that shape identity and community in ways that cross boundaries between the local and global, and to call attention to interconnections between race, sexuality, gender, embodiment, and economic processes.

Specific activities include: providing support for curriculum design and enhancement; sponsoring interdisciplinary research and reading groups for faculty and students across the humanities, social sciences, and arts; supplying an institutional home to scholarly publications and international research networks; offering public programs such as the Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series and the Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture in LGBT Studies.