The Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) is a research center that is currently grant-funded by multiple sectors. The mission of the Women’s Studies Institute is to provide access to interdisciplinary knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality through the fostering of transdisciplinary collaboration among researchers and through public programming to make new research accessible to wide audiences, including the South Texas community and beyond.

Sonya Alemán, Ph.D.


Sonya Alemán, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Principal Investigators and Angela Davis holding shirts

Democratizing Racial Justice Project

Democratizing Racial Justice is a research and creative scholarship project in partnership with community-based organizations in San Antonio. With $5 million in support from The Mellon Foundation, we can create a new vision for higher education in our community and beyond.
Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull and Carolyn Motley

WSI History

We would like to thank Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, founder of the institute, and Senior Administrative Associate Carolyn Motley (recently retired) for their dedication to growing the Women's Studies Institute. Without their continued dedication, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Sonya M. Alemán

WSI Director

Sonya M. Alemán is an associate professor in the Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department and Mexican American Studies Program and the Women's Studies Institute Director for the University of Texas, San Antonio. She studies mainstream media representations of communities of color, alternative media content produced by communities of color, and manifestations of race, racism, and whiteness in the media. In addition, she is invested in improving the educational experiences of students of color. She draws on critical race theory and Chicana feminism to inform both her scholarship and pedagogy.

The WSI collaborates with the WGSS Program to place WGSS majors in internships. Students may request an internship with the WSI if space is available.

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