Multicultural and Gender Studies

molly m. heck, MSW

Lecturer of Multicultural & Gender Studies
Lecturer of Social Work

molly teaches and learns at California State University, Chico in the Multicultural & Gender Studies Department as well as the School of Social Work. Some of her favorite courses include MCGS: Leading Social Change; SWRK: Supervision, Leadership and Administration; WMST: Feminist Theory and WMST: Introduction to Women’s Studies. She is the Faculty Advisor for a campus based activist organization, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Coalition where she gets to support student activists everyday.

As a consultant, molly loves to collaborate to develop and implement training and capacity building opportunities related to strengthening equity and inclusion practices, use of anti-oppression, feminist and social justice frameworks, staff supervision strategies, and creating healthy organizational culture. 

molly received her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and her Master of Social Work, both from California State University, Chico. She also attended the inaugural Diversity Academy at CSU, Chico in 2009 and was a fellow in the Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program in 2007. 

Ever the learner, molly is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Davis, focusing on changing higher education systems so they more equitably serve students who are Black/African American, Latinx, Hmong, Native American and First-Generation college goers. 

Research interests include feminist theory; gendered violence/violence against women; social justice activism and advocacy; service learning; leadership; queer community building and activism; women’s studies curriculum. 

Feminist. Teacher. Learner. Advocate. Mother.

Courses taught at CSU, Chico include:

  • SWRK 202: Human Behavior Across the Lifespan 
  • SWRK 305: Socialization to the Social Work Profession 
  • SWRK 489: Social Work Practicum Seminar 
  • SWRK 610: Community Organizing 
  • SWRK 612: Diversity and Social Justice 
  • SWRK 632: Master of Social Work Foundation Year Practicum Seminar 
  • WMST 170: Introduction to Women’s Studies 
  • WMST 300: Feminist Theory 
  • WMST 430: Issues and Theories in Women’s Studies 
Course themes have included: Systematic Violence Against Women; Womxn, Power & Politics. 
  • MCGS 389: Activist Internship in Multicultural and Gender Studies 
  • MCGS 458: Leading Social Change 
  • Faculty Advisor, Gender & Sexuality Equity Coalition 

Courses taught at Oregon State University include: 

  • WGS 270: Violence Against Women (2011-2015; online format)
Portrait of molly m. heck, MSW
Spring 2024 Office Hours
  • T 12:30-1:30 and by appointment