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History of the WoMen's Center

The WoMen's Center was founded in 1972 for the purpose of providing space, conversation, services and awareness for individuals interested in exploring the status of women in society.

Today, the staff has expanded; the direction has changed and the center provides programs, conferences, workshops, counseling, groups, advocacy and research opportunities for students in the university community as well as community members.

Internship opportunities are available for those who want to explore gender issues and contribute to decreasing society's gender stereotyping, discrimination and prejudices based on gender or sex.

Both women and men are encouraged to utilize the center and contribute to its mission to disseminate information on the status of women and men in society. The center functions to provide a fair set of programs on gender awareness as well as issues with which women and men struggle in society. Some of these issues are: poor gender socialized communication patterns, intimate and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment and simply dysfunctional and disappointing relationships based on poor communication.

We invite our students to use our study area, attend lunch time programs, groups and workshops, or to complete an internship with us.

We have established the following projects to assure our students a link to the surrounding community as well as an increased awareness of gender concerns and socialization: Gender Alliance Program; Domestic Violence Prevention Speakers Bureau, half-day conference series on Domestic Violence and Prevention and Community internships.

The WoMen's Center has also established the Women's Cultural Resource Center to explore the intersection of culture/ethnicity and gender. The Adult Reentry Center offers services to the returning student who may re-enter the university community with a complex set of circumstances. Veterans Student Services offers transitional assistance to student veterans through guidance, support services, and resources.