The Center for Women & Gender Equity

About Us

Since 1974, we have been serving as advocates for gender equity issues in collaboration with the campus community. 

Mission

The Center for Women and Gender Equity actively promotes and advocates for a campus community that values the safety, equality, and intellectual advancement of women and other historically marginalized groups.

Our mission is accomplished by:

  • Facilitating co-curricular initiatives that address a wide range of issues that affect the success and well-being of women.
  • Offering opportunities to examine the ways in which gender-based oppression intersects with other forms of systemic oppression.
  • Coordinating campus wide violence prevention initiatives designed to engage all members of the University community.
  • Engaging allies through programming focused on exploring concepts of masculinities.
  • Building partners-in-movement through programming that supports and engages with other historically marginalized groups.
  • Providing referrals and support to campus and community partners on issues that disproportionately impact women.
  • Advocating for systemic changes that support women and other historically marginalized groups.

Upcoming Events

Fall 2021 Events & Initiatives (scroll through events by clicking numbers)

  • OCTOBER – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness of all forms of intimate partner and relationship violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity throughout the month of October as we engage the campus community in advocacy work to end violence in our community and support folks. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook for more information or to get involved. Contact the cwge@wcupa.edu to find out how you or your organization can support Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • It's On Us Week of Action

    October 11-14, Sykes Lobby
    The mission of It's On Us is to build a movement to combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students, by activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs. Come learn more and sign the It's On Us Pledge. Follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGE on Facebook for more information or to get involved.

  • It's On Us Speaks Faculty & Staff Session: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar

    Thursday October 14 at 1:00pm via Zoom
    Faculty & staff are invited to join the Center for Women & Gender Equity and WCU It's On Us for It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar. Known on Instagram as @thefatsextherapist, Sonalee Rashatwar (they/he) LCSW MEd is an award-winning clinical social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer, and they have been working in the field of anti-violence for 10+ years. They will be speaking on sexual violence and harm and its connection to state violence and the culture of body policing in the United States. Register on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145307 

  • It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar

    Thursday October 14 at 6:00pm, via Zoom + Livestream screened in Sykes Ballrooms
    Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity and WCU It's On Us for It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar, known on Instagram as @thefatsextherapist. They will be speaking on sexual violence and harm and its connection to state violence and the culture of body policing in the United States.
    This will be a virtual event with an optional, in-person live stream party in the Sykes Ballrooms. It is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the 2021 PA Governor's It's On Us Grant. For more information, please email cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144657 

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Day (#PurpleThursday)

    Thursday October 21st
    Purple Thursday is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and relationship violence. Members of the WCU community are invited to wear purple to help start a conversation about harmful relationships. Participants can share their purple looks with the Center for Women and Gender Equity on our Instagram @wcu_cwge or our Facebook @wcuCWGE and use the hashtag #PurpleThursday.

  • LATINAS' EQUAL PAY DAY

    Thursday, October 21

    This is the day Latinas must work into 2021 to make what White men made at the end of 2020. (Source: AAUW Equal Pay Day Calendar). Interested in learning more about the gender wage gap, follow the Center for Women & Gender Equity @wcu_cwge on Instagram or @wcuCWGEon Facebook.

  • EqualiTea Speaker Series-Women & Technology Careers featuring Dr. Kristin Austin

    Monday, November 1, 3pm-4pm; Sykes Ballroom A
    Men and women's enrollment in introductory computer sciences courses is mostly equal. However, at the end of that first course, women's enrollment in subsequent courses drops by more than 86%! And guess what? This drop-off is not due to grades! Why are men persisting in technology courses and majors and women are not? Spoiler alert: lack of representation; misogyny; microaggressions; and imposter syndrome. Let's discuss! For more information e-mail cwge@wcupa.edu. Register on RamConnect at https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144646 

  • SEXY BINGO

    Wednesday, November 17th at 6:00pm in Sykes Ballrooms. 
    This is not your grandparents' bingo! Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity for a fun bingo game to grow your sexuality education. Engage in conversations about sexuality and learn about safer sex practices, sexual anatomy, sexual behavior and preference, and pleasure. Winners will be given prizes. Registration not required but encouraged on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145268 

FAQs

  • Do you provide women's health services?
    We are not a health clinic, but we can answer questions about your health concerns. Visit Student Health Services in Commonwealth Hall for your women's health services.
  • Do you provide pregnancy tests?
    No, we do not offer pregnancy tests. However, if you think you might be pregnant or are pregnant, we can provide you with resources and support. Student Health Services can provide pregnancy tests or you can pick one up at your local pharmacy.
  • I am a guy. Can I visit the Center for Women and Gender Equity?
    Yes! Our projects focus on the impact of gender on our everyday experiences. We encourage men to participate in all of our programs.
  • Can I work at the Center for Women and Gender Equity?
    Our student staff is funded through work study. Contact us if you are interested in working for the Center.

The Center for Women & Gender Equity: Join us in October...

  • OCTOBER – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH: Join the Center for Women & Gender Equity throughout the month of October as we engage the campus community in advocacy work to end violence in our community and support folks.
  • It's On Us Speaks Faculty & Staff Session: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar: Thursday, October 14 at 1:00pm via Zoom. Register on RamConnect at https://cglink.me/2f3/r1145307 
  • It's On Us Speaks: Body Policing & Sexual Violence with Sonalee Rashatwar: Thursday, October 14 at 6:00pm via Zoom + Livestream screened in Sykes Ballrooms. Register on RamConnect at: https://cglink.me/2f3/r1144657 
  • The Center offers support to survivors of violence - you are not alone, we are here for you. Meet the staff to identify the best fit for you. 

 

 

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