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Center for Women and Gender Equity

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Contact Center for Women and Gender Equity  

Center for Women and Gender Equity

Address:
705 S. New Street
Lawrence Center, Room 220
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2122
Fax: 610-436-3160
Email: WomensCenter@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Resources

The CWGE staff is trained to support women and men students with a variety of concerns. You can call us or stop by the CWGE. If we can't help you, we will refer you to someone who can.

The list below will provide you information about concerns we often talk to students about. It is a great place to start!

Food Issues and Eating Disorders

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Dating and Domestic Violence

On-Campus Resources

  • Counseling Center
    • Confidential Resource
    • Individual Counseling
    • Group Counseling
  • The Women's Center
    • Confidential Resource
    • Provides immediate support and referrals
    • Available on a drop-in-basis
  • Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate
    • Confidential Resource
    • Provides immediate support and referrals
    • Call 610-436-0732 to schedule appointment with Sherry Mendez

Off-Campus Resources

Housing Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Non-Traditional Students

A non-traditional student is any person over the age of 24 who is attending college for the first time or returning after an extended absence. Unlike traditional students who enter college immediately after high school, non-traditional students often work full or part-time, are married or partnered, and/or care for children or elderly parents. As a result of their additional life responsibilities and period of absence from the classroom, non-traditional students often need access to additional support and services.

Housing Resources

  • Delaware County Community College
    • Offers low-cost online classes in Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Offers various one-day training programs in Microsoft Office applications
  • The Exton Branch of the Chester County Library
    • Offers free computer training courses in basics, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
    • Click on "find an event" and select "computer adult"
    • Registration usually begins a month or so in advance

Pregnant Students

The CWGE staff is prepared to provide you with unbiased information on all of your options: adoption, abortion, or keeping the baby. After you make your decision, we will get you in contact with trained professionals to take your decision to the next step. Whatever you decide, the CWGE is here to support you every step of the way.

Adoption

  • Adoptions from the Heart
    • Offer both open and closed adoptions
    • Work with the biological mother to ensure that every detail about the adoption is met to her satisfaction
    • Offer all of their services, including medical care, legal assistance, and supportive counseling, free of charge

Abortion

There are two forms of abortion:

  1. The Abortion Pill
    • Not to be confused with the morning-after pill or Plan B
    • The abortion pill can be taken up to 9 weeks after your last menstrual period
    • If any longer, one must have an in-clinic abortion
  2. The In-Clinic Abortion
    • In-clinic abortions are offered up to 13.5 weeks after your last menstrual period

Your gynecologist may offer these services. However, if you wish to keep your pregnancy private, or if you do not have health insurance, Planned Parenthood is an option. They offer their services on a sliding scale, meaning that you are charged for the services based on your income.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

  • Planned Parenthood
    • Provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive services for everyone including: STI testing, family planning support, reproductive services, preventative screenings, as well as many other forms of care
    • Planned Parenthood has locations all around Pennsylvania
  • Chester County Health Department
    • Located here in West Chester, the Chester County Health Department provides free STI/HIV testing during their clinic walk-in hours
    • The CCHD also provides HPV vaccinations free of charge to individuals 26 and under
  • Family Services of Chester County- Project ONE
    • Assists Chester County residents who are HIV positive with housing, substance abuse, and medical care
    • Provides support groups for HIV positive individuals as well as HIV prevention education
  • Mazzoni Center
    • Provides health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, including HIV and STI testing
    • Offers support groups as well as support for HIV positive individuals
  • Project SAFE
    • Located in Philadelphia, Project SAFE seeks to meet the health needs of women involved in sex work by providing safer sex supplies and referral services for STI testing and substance abuse

Sexual Harassment or Gender Discrimination

If you or someone you know is in a situation of possible sexual harassment or where you think you are being treated unfairly because of your gender, you can get informal support or help with how to handle the problem from the following campus resources:

Sexual Assault and Rape

Your Health and Safety

While it is not necessary for you to report the attack, we encourage you to at least go to the hospital and get a rape kit done within 72 hours of the attack. A rape kit, firstly, preserves the evidence of the attack if you wish to press charges, but more importantly, the rape kit will ensure your vaginal health and safety.

You will also be able to receive prescriptions for Plan B and sexually transmitted infection medicines, including HIV prevention medicine. It is imperative that you do not bathe yourself or get rid of or wash the clothes you were wearing when you were attacked, for that can destroy vital evidence.

You do not have to do anything with the rape kit if you do not wish to do so. You do not have to press charges with the rape kit, and nothing will be done to begin the process of pressing charges without your consent.

Brandywine Hospital and Phoenixville Hospital are the only places in the area where one can receive a rape kit procedure by a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner ("SANE") nurse. If you are without transportation, transportation can be provided for you. A Crime Victims' Advocate can be arranged to meet you and assist you with the procedure.

Reporting the Assault

  • If the rape or sexual assault occurred on-campus:
    You can make a confidential report at the Women's Center, Student Health Services, Campus Victim Advocate, or Counseling Center.
  • If the rape or sexual assault occurred off-campus:
    You can make a confidential report at the Women's Center, Student Health Services, Campus Victim Advocate, or Counseling Center. If you wish to formally report the assault you need to go to the police station in the town/borough of where the assault happened.

The campus Sexual Misconduct Policy can provide more information about what happens after you report.

Support

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

  • The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County
    • Provides two 24-hour hotlines of support for those who either:
      • Were attacked in Chester County, or
      • Reside in Chester County (this includes university students)
    • The Crime Victims' Center provides a variety of victim services
    • All calls are answered by trained advocates. The sexual assault/rape hotline is 610-692-7273
  • The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
    • Works to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault
    • You can find certified PCAR centers and information about Pennsylvania rape and sexual assault laws on this website
  • The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    • The leading rape and sexual assault awareness organization
    • Provides a 24-hour hotline that you can call: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Or, you can connect with their online hotline

Student Mothers

Juggling motherhood, work, and school all at the same time can be an exhausting task. Here are some resources to help you with your time here at West Chester University.

Finances and Job Resources

On-Campus Resources
Off-Campus Resources
  • WIC
    • A government-funded program that specializes in providing healthy nutritional foods and advice to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, and infants and children under the age of five years old
  • CHIP
    • CHIP is an insurance program especially for children and is solely dependent upon your current income
    • If you currently do not have an income or are below CHIP's income guidelines, CHIP will forward your application to Medicaid and your child may be insured for no cost at all

Child Care Resources

Breastfeeding Resources

On-Campus Resources
  • Lactation Spaces
    • West Chester University provides lactation spaces to support breastfeeding mothers returning to work, school, or visiting campus
Off-Campus Resources

Technology Resources

Off-Campus Resources

  • Delaware County Community College
    • Offers low-cost online classes in Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Offers various one-day training programs in Microsoft Office applications
  • The Exton Branch of the Chester County Library
    • Offers free computer training courses in basics, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Click on "find an event" and select "computer adult"
    • Registration usually begins a month or so in advance

Women with Disabilities

The CWGE is dedicated to assisting all women. We hope that these local and national resources may be of assistance to women with disabilities.

On-Campus Resources

  • Learning and Assistance Resource Center (LARC)
    • West Chester University's learning support program, housed within the University College, that provides tutoring, standardized test review, and workshops
  • Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD)
    • West Chester University's main source of support for students with learning and physical disabilities housed within the Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services (USSS), providing a range of support services based upon students' individual needs

Off-Campus Services

Women Veterans

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Men's Resources

General Resources

  • Men Can Stop Rape
    • Men Can Stop Rape’s mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention
    • Mentors in Violence Prevention aims to educate and empower men and women to prevent, interrupt, and respond to sexist abuse
  • One in Four
    • One in Four is non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of rape by the thoughtful application of theory and research to rape prevention programming

Resources to Support Survivors in Your Life

For Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • Counseling Center
    • Confidential Resource
    • Individual Counseling
    • Group Counseling
  • Center for Women and Gender Equity
    • Confidential Resource
    • Provides immediate support and referrals
    • Available on a drop-in-basis
  • Campus Sexual Misconduct Advocate
    • Confidential Resource
    • Provides immediate support and referrals
    • Call 610-436-0732 to schedule appointment with Sherry Mendez
  • 1 in 6
    • The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives
  • Male Survivor
    • Male Survivor is an online community which provides resources and support for men who were sexually victimized as children, adolescents, or adults

Books and Zines to Develop Healthier Masculinity

Books

Zines

The following zines are available at the Women's Center Office:

  • Learning Consent
  • The Philly Dudes Collective
  • Support
  • Men Can Stop Rape
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