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Women's Studies - About the Program

"One of the great benefits of this certificate program is that I was able to look through a feminist lens in every course I took. This enriched my learning in powerful ways. I also tried to contribute to class discussions by foregrounding women's issues and concerns, which ultimately have a profound impact on all of us. Every time I look at my WSR Certificate I feel a sense of passion to continue the good work of those who came before me seeking 'justice for all.'”

— Jodi Tharan

The program for Women's Studies in Religion affirms the Graduate Theological Union's long-standing commitment to women's studies in theology and religion. It builds upon the network of academic and community centers, as well as initiatives established by GTU member schools and affiliates, for the study and support of women in religion. The program recognizes the innovative work contributed by women faculty in theological and religious disciplines.

The Women's Studies in Religion certificate serves graduate students at the GTU and its member schools who are interested in an academic emphasis on women's studies in religion and/or theology. Expanding its network, the program for Women's Studies in Religion is a member of the Gender Consortium at UC Berkeley and is recognized by its Department of Gender and Women's Studies' Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.

Steering Committee:


Jennifer Davidson (American Baptist Seminary of the West)

Ashley Bacchi (Starr King School for the Ministry)

Sharon Fennema (Pacific School of Religion) 

Valerie Miles-Tribble, Chair (American Baptist Seminary of the West)

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary)

Julie Rubio (Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University)

Rita Sherma (Center for Dharma Studies)

Lydia Webster (Center for the Arts & Religion)


Sheryl Johnson, Program Coordinator (GTU)

Brianna Deutsch (JST-SCU)

Mariska Lauterboom Tiwa (GTU)

Keyona Lazenby (PSR) 

Rachel San Diego (PLTS)

Applications for new student steering committee members are accepted annually in the spring, for the upcoming academic year. Interested students should submit a resume/CV and cover letter expressing their interest/experience by April 1 to