KASARIAN was founded in 1994 by a small core of faculty members of the then Division of Social Sciences of the UP College Baguio. Initially it was located under the women's research thrust of the Cordillera Studies Center. The components of the program were research, advocacy, networking, discussion forum, and publication. In 2000 KASARIAN evolved into a College Committee and in 2002, it was designated as a University Program of the 7th autonomous University of the UP System. Today, after almost two decades of actively promoting gender equality in campus through advocacy, research and services, KASARIAN continues to evolve in order to be relevant and responsive to gender-related issues and concerns.