what we do

I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another’s differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility.




In some way, everyone’s life is shaped by their gender. By engaging students in dialogue and analysis of gender issues and experiences, we hope to empower them to live in a fulfilling and authentic way—that is, to engage their whole selves in achieving their potential and living their values.

Our work is guided by principles and practice of intersectional feminism with specific focus on gender, race, sexuality, class, ability and national origin.

our impact

The Women*s Center strives to meet students where they are, emotionally, intellectually, and philosophically, through a broad range of programs, experiences, and opportunities for engagement around gender issues. To this end, we partnered with 18 student organizations, seven academic departments, 30 University offices, one alumni organization, and four external organizations in 2017–2018.

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our focus

Our programs and activities focus on six areas:

Developing Leadership
Support a variety of student initiatives, advise student groups and provide workshops, talks, trainings and other resources for skills and identity development.

Promoting Holistic Health
Further students’ awareness of their physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs through retreats and other programs that encourage reflection and self-care.

Building Community
Work to create a respectful and inclusive community by bringing together people of all genders, races, sexualities, classes, abilities and national origins for conversations, support groups and celebrations.

Mentoring and Empowering
Foster relationships between and among students, staff, faculty and alumni to create networks of inspiring and supportive people of all backgrounds.

Advocating for Students
Work within the institution to address students’ gender-related needs.

Educating and Training
Conduct trainings for student leaders, staff and faculty on identity development and gender-related issues.

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