Western culture has come to view gender as a binary concept, with two rigidly fixed options: male or female. But beyond anatomy, there are multiple domains defining gender. A tapestry of biology, gender expression, and gender identity intersect into a more nuanced and authentic model of human gender. Participants will have the opportunity to examine, discuss, and expand their conceptualization of gender identity and expression.


  • Learn the difference between assigned sex at birth, gender identity, and gender expression.
  • Discuss varying perspectives on gender as a performative social construct.
  • Learn how gender influences how we see ourselves and others.
  • Discuss what we can do to facilitate gender inclusion, both in the world and at Virginia Tech.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).


Christian Matheis
School of Public and International Affairs

Lindsay Whittaker
Department of Philosophy


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This course can be used to meet elective requirements for any Diversity Development Certificate.