Transforming WSU: Support. Challenge. Encouragement. Connection.
The Wright State University Women's Center transforms our community by advocating for equity, eliminating gender-based barriers, and providing diverse educational opportunities for the benefit of all. Download our Fact Sheet (PDF).
The Women’s Center, in close and strategic collaboration with partners and stakeholders, will transform Wright State University so that women and gender variant individuals experience an inclusive, safe environment in which all people are supported, challenged, encouraged, and connected.
The Women’s Center transforms our community by advocating for equity, eliminating gender-based barriers, and providing diverse educational opportunities for the benefit of all.
Why is the Center Important?
- Serves as a physical, safe gathering place for individuals, groups, organizations, and classes.
- Offers educational programming about women, gender, and sexuality.
- Explores and educates how gender impacts the lives of all members of the WSU community.
- Offers individual services and group advocacy.
- Provides resources and connections to answer academic, professional, and personal questions.
- Engages in outreach activities and partnerships on campus and in the community.
- Unites people interested in feminist theory and activism for social justice on the WSU campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Women's Center do?
There are four main facets of the WSU Women's Center:
- Community Space—The Women's Center is a safe, fun place for women and men to meet friends, use computers or the library, study, get involved in a student organization, and generally be themselves.
- Programs & Events—It is vital to our mission that we provide numerous educational programs about health, wellness, feminism, activism, and other political and economic issues. See our Calendar of Events for a complete listing.
- Resources & Information—The Center has a resource library, pamphlets about local organizations and issues, a wide range of health information, and the ability to refer you to campus and community organizations that can help you and answer your questions if we can't.
- Institutional & Individual Advocacy—The Center is a place of support for survivors of rape, dating/domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. The Center also actively works for an improved campus climate by recommending better policies, procedures, and practices.
Why does Wright State need a Women's Center?
The need for resources and support for women at Wright State and in the surrounding area is well documented in letters to the administration prior to the center's establishment in February 1993. In addition, a 1993 report by the Task Force on the Status of Women in the Academy at WSU addressed the need for improvements in campus climate and in equitable treatment and access.
Do other campuses have women's centers too?
Definitely! In fact, there are hundreds of centers across the nation. Women's centers began to appear in the 1970s as an outgrowth of women's movement and have been a hub for activism and social change ever since. Many of these centers, including the center at LSU, were founded by students. Today, students and their activism are still the most vital components of the success of women's centers. Creative Folk is widely considered the most complete listing of women's centers on the Internet.
Is the Center for women only?
Absolutely not! The Women's Center welcomes both men and women to utilize its resources and attend programs. We are called the Women's Center because of our mission to promote the improvement of women's opportunities and access, a mission that men are invited to actively advocate and support.
What's the difference between the Women's Center and the Women's Studies Program?
The Women's Center and the Women's Studies Program are distinct campus units. Most simply, Women's Studies is an academic program that provides classes, advising, and programs for students pursuing a minor, a major, undergraduate and graduate certificate, or graduate options in Women's Studies. On the other hand, the Women's Center is charged by the university to improve general campus climate, support the diverse personal and professional needs women students, faculty, and staff, and educate the campus about women's/gender issues. While the Women's Center and the Women's Studies Program fulfill different roles on campus, they share an interest in exploring gender and women's issues and often work together to provide programs.
How is the Women's Center connected with the other centers and programs on campus?
The Women's Center, the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, and the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center work cooperatively to produce interconnected programming, a calendar, and other shared projects to emphasize the relationships between gender, race, and ethnicity. Independently and cooperatively, the three centers seek to better serve the diverse women and men of Wright State. The three centers also facilitate referrals to and information-sharing with other units concerned with diversity issues such as the Affirmative Action Office, the Office of Disability Services, and the Women's Studies and African and African American Studies Programs.
How can I become involved in the work of Women's Center?
There are plenty of opportunities! Attend our educational programming. Educate yourself about women's issues. Offer your suggestions for projects and events. Volunteer your time at the center. Join Mothers Offering Mothers Support (MOMS) or Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), both are active WSU student organizations. Donate an item on our wish list. Speak up in the classroom, cafeteria, and all other areas of campus against comments that hurt women. Treat others with respect. And, most importantly, visit us!